Staff profile

Debbie  Emmerson

Debbie Emmerson



Lecturer in Animal Science
Course Tutor Year 2 Animal Science and Animal Management
Pet Behaviour Clinic Manager


Debbie completed her BSc in Animal Behaviour at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge before taking a year out of studying to puppy walk for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

She then undertook a taught MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at The University of Southampton. As well as lecturing at Writtle she runs the Writtle Pet Behaviour Clinic. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist.

Debbie has developed the Pet Behaviour and Welfare modules for the Animal Science/Management degrees. She's an APBC committee member and in that role acts as an assessor and assessor trainer, having been heavily involved in the development of their new assessment process.

With a keen interest in the behaviour and welfare of animals, particularly the prevention of stress and behaviour problems, she strives to pass on the knowledge she has gained through her education and industry experience to those she teaches.


BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour
MSc Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Subject Areas

Debbie teaches on the Animal Science and Animal Management courses and is the pathway lead for the Pet Behaviour and Welfare pathway. She runs the Pet Behaviour Clinic at Writtle University College.


A comparison of the scent marking behaviours in a captive versus a free ranging population of Mara (Dolichotis patagonum) - Unpublished BSc thesis

Companion rats (Rattus norvegicus) in the UK: Owner Attachment and Management Styles - Unpublished MSc thesis