The Australian Working Dog Alliance
The Australian Working Dog Alliance Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation incorporated under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Registered No. A0059071D). The Working Dog Alliance is a non-profit charitable organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. We have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office for charity tax concessions. The Working Dog Alliance has been established with the support of seed funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, as part of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy. The Australian Animal Welfare Strategy is a national partnership between governments, industries and the community to improve the welfare of all Australian animals.
The Australian Working Dog Alliance organisation was founded in March 2013 and is currently overseen by a member group of five directors who are responsible for supervising our strategic directions and activities. All the directors are keenly interested in and committed to working dogs, having been involved with farm, military, guide and private security working dogs. Between them, they have extensive experience in scientific research; management and quality assurance; animal behaviour, training and welfare, and veterinary science. The Managing Director is delegated responsibility for the daily operations of the Working Dog Alliance.
Nick Branson: Dr Nick Branson graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Melbourne and has worked in private veterinary practice in Australia for more than ten years. He has also worked for Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service as a quarantine veterinary officer. He has completed a Certificate IV in dog behaviour and training and completed a doctorate by research in applied canine behaviour and neuroscience. Nick conducted research on working dogs with the University of Pennsylvania in USA. Most recently, Nick has conducted working dog research including strategic analysis for improving the welfare of Australia’s working dogs on behalf of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy. His areas of expertise include brain lateralization, applied animal behaviour and animal welfare. He currently works at Deakin University Research as the Manager of Animal Services and Welfare.
Mia Cobb: Mia Cobb holds a BSc(Hons) with a focus on animal behaviour from Monash University. Mia’s work in various animal industry contexts has given her unique insight to a range of human-animal interactions and animal welfare issues. Mia worked as the Training Kennels & Veterinary Clinic Manager at Guide Dogs Victoria from 2003, until shifting focus to research and promote the welfare of Australia’s working dogs in 2012. Mia is nearing the end of a PhD researching the welfare and work performance of kennelled working dogs. Her research was awarded the RSPCA Australia Alan White Scholarship for Animal Welfare Research in 2009. Mia believes in helping scientific research escape academic journals and founded the blog, Do You Believe in Dog?, with fellow canine scientist, Julie Hecht. Mia was leader of the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy working group for working dogs.
Tammie King: Dr Tammie King completed a BSc(Hons) majoring in Zoology at The University of Melbourne and completed her PhD as a member of the Anthrozoology Research Group at Monash University, where she developed a standardised behaviour assessment aimed at measuring the canine personality trait, amicability. Tammie currently works as a Senior Behavioural Research Scientist with Mars Petcare at their renowned Waltham Centre (UK). She has previously worked as a veterinary nurse, provided consultations as an animal behaviourist and is a licensed security guard. Tammie has actively participated in dog showing and obedience over the years and enjoyed undertaking Schutzhund training with her Dobermann. Tammie is passionate about research involving human-animal interactions, more specifically, studies which involve domestic dog behaviour and welfare.
Paul McGreevy: Professor Paul McGreevy graduated from Bristol University Veterinary School. He worked as a general veterinary practitioner in Australia and England before returning to Bristol to take a PhD in animal behaviour. Since 1996, Paul has been teaching, researching and consulting at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science. He is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. Paul’s research focuses on the behaviour and welfare of dogs and horses. He is the author of six books and over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Paul has received many awards for his pioneering work, including the British Society for Animal Science RSPCA Award for Innovative Developments in Animal Welfare, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Award, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Companion Animal Welfare Award and Australian Museum Eureka Prize.
Kate Mornement: Dr Kate Mornement is an Animal Behaviourist, educator and freelance writer. She completed a PhD in canine behaviour, at Monash University, investigating the assessment of shelter dogs for adoption suitability. Kate has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences and has authored several papers published in the scientific literature. Kate is regularly sought by the media to provide comment on, and provide expert witness in, matters of canine behaviour. Kate completed completed a BA.BSc with first class honours in Zoology at La Trobe University in 2003. Since 2004 she has consulted pet owners experiencing behavioural difficulties with their pets through her animal behaviour consultancy business Pets Behaving Badly. Kate is passionate about canine behaviour, welfare and public education. She has previously worked at RSPCA Vic, the Animal Welfare Science Centre and the Australian Anthrozoology Research Foundation and is an active member of the Australian Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals (AABP).