Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home’s Welfare Standards Co-ordinator Secures Prestigious Scholarship
Kirsty McGinley, the Home’s Welfare Standards Co-ordinator, has been awarded a scholarship to the renowned Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.
The Academy has pioneered force-free training methods, and offers only four scholarships per year. After receiving applications from Nigeria, Canada, Australia, Austria, Scotland, Portugal and the United States, Kirsty’s was chosen as a stand-out application.
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home CEO, Howard Bridges, said:
“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home would like to congratulate Kirsty McGinley for securing the Zoe Shelter Scholarship at the renowned Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. We thank the Academy for selecting Kirsty and in doing so shining a spotlight on Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, it is very welcome recognition for our ongoing work to improve and maintain the highest animal welfare standards. The Home will undoubtedly see great benefit from Kirsty’s training and we look forward seeing its impact on the dogs and cats in our care.”
Kirsty first joined Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home at 15 years of age, when she took part in a week’s school work experience. The Home immediately recognised her talent for working with dogs and cats and offered her weekend work, which she undertook for two years, while continuing her schooling. In 1997 she joining full time and since has held a variety of different roles. In 2012 Kirsty was offered the Home’s first ever Enrichment Co-ordinator role, later promoted to Welfare Standards Co-ordinator. Kirsty continues to provide vital research, enrichment, and training for both staff and animals at the Home.