Tess completed her undergraduate education at Lancaster University, graduating with a First Class BA Geography degree in 2016. Whilst there, she became interested in policy-making processes in controversial areas, particularly how socio-ethical issues manifest in human-animal relations. Tess completed her Masters at the University of Bristol in 2016-17, before moving to Southampton to complete her PhD in ‘The Changing Policy and Practice of Laboratory Animal Rehoming’ which she successfully passed in April 2021.
Tess worked on Project 3 of the Wellcome Trust Animal Research Nexus Programme, investigating the extent to which a ‘culture of care’ can be continued throughout all life stages of the research animal, both inside and outside of the traditional ‘laboratory space’. Tess moved on from AnNex to work on media and stakeholder communication campaigns for the horticultural sector.