In 2007 she left her publishing career to become Programmes Manager of the Companion Animal Unit at the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) managing dog population projects and working equine projects. A key part of this role was to develop and test participatory methodologies – working within communities to lead to a change in the way people manage and care for their animals. Her role then expanded to include advising other projects on community engagement including dog population management projects, ending bear dancing projects, working to ban the dog meat industry and more. To reflect the broad applicability of the approach to other species she became WSPA's Technical Advisor for Human Behaviour Change Programmes. Her role also included advising small NGOs on various aspects of their development and strategic approach.
Since 2011 Suzanne has been working independently as a consultant for a huge variety of animal welfare projects including: training IFAW's international companion animal team in community engagement; developing an impact assessment study for an equine project in Cambodia for World Horse Welfare (WHW); helping to develop welfare-based continuing education projects for the Commonwealth Veterinary Association; reviewing enforcement of animal welfare legislation globally for WSPA; developing dog handling training with Humane Society International (HSI); organising seminars and more. In 2011 she co-founded the Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF), which launched in 2012 and for which she is Programmes Advisor.
Suzanne is an animal welfare consultant working in the UK and internationally with a strong interest in applying the science of animal welfare and behaviour across species. She noted the need for an organisation promoting the behaviour and welfare of aquarium animals and embraced the opportunity to be involved with the Aquarium Welfare Association.
Following a degree in microbiology Suzanne worked in science publishing for 10 years -initially as a science journalist and later managing a portfolio of review journals and as the Editor of Trends in Biotechnology. In her spare time she re-qualified in behaviour and welfare, gained extensive practical experience with several animal welfare organisations and started a business as an equine behaviour consultant. Through extensive travel to developing countries Suzanne gained interest in working animals and in 2005 joined the Board of the World Association for Transport Animal Welfare and Studies (TAWS), of which she is still an active Trustee. In 2006 she founded Learning About Animals -providing educational events about behaviour and welfare.