Lauren Smith


I began my studies at the University of Glasgow where I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology. After graduating I worked in research assistant positions for the Western Australia Marine Science Institution and the Cetacean Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution Laboratory. I have also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in International Animal Health at the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Wild Animal Biology at the Royal Veterinary College/Zoological Society of London.
I am now a PhD student at the University of Leeds where I am investigating the sustainability of the catch-neuter-release method for the control of stray dog populations, on the STRAYS project funded by Four Paws International.

Research interests

I am interested in population ecology, wildlife epidemiology, disease ecology, systems modelling and animal health and welfare. I am part of the Collins Animal Welfare Epidemiology group ( and I am currently investigating sustainable methods to manage free-roaming dog populations (


  • MSc Wild Animal Biology (Royal Veterinary College & Zoological Society of London)
  • Post Graduate Certificate International Animal Health (University of Edinburgh)
  • BSc (hons) Zoology (University of Glasgow)