Sabrina Brando BSc
Sabrina Brando started her work with animals 24 years ago at the Amsterdam Zoo as a volunteer, and started her first job in 1992 in the Harderwijk Dolfinarium in the Netherlands.
Since 2008 she has worked full-time through AnimalConcepts as a consultant in animal care and welfare working with a large variety of animal species in zoos, marine parks, animal shelters, government facilities, research laboratories and wildlife sanctuaries world wide. Species have ranged from rabbits, mice and birds to bears, snakes, crocodiles, dolphins, elephants, okapi and gorillas.
Sabrina has a BSc. in psychology and animal behaviour. She is currently enrolled in a MSc. of Psychology and a MSc. in Animal Studies.
Sabrina is involved in several research projects on animal welfare, behaviour, and the human-animal interaction. She teaches workshops on animal welfare, enrichment, training, behaviour, and the human-animal interaction and relationship for animal care staff, veterinarians, curators, students and managers as well as working with large teams as a consultant for multiple zoos, research facilities and universities worldwide. Sabrina also teaches as a guest lecturer on the Master of Research in Marine Mammal Science at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Sabrina volunteers about one month of her time annually on animal welfare education and conservation related institutions and organizations. For example an organization like PASA
traveling to Africa to work with great ape sanctuaries and reintroduction programs, as well as other animal welfare and wildlife voluntary work in Asia.
Publications & Presentations
Sabrina is a frequent invited and keynote speaker at animal welfare conferences, traveling around the globe for 10 months of the year. She has scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a co-author on book chapters. All publications are related to animal welfare, covering subject from husbandry, veterinarian care, animal learning and behaviour, animal training, welfare of animals in circuses, enrichment and the human-animal relationship.
Sabrina serves as a reviewer of the peer-reviewed journal Aquatic Mammals and Animal Welfare.
Sabrina enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, reading, crafts, and filming. She is currently working on short documentaries and e-books on nature
wildlife and animal welfare and care.