Sabrina Brando BSc
Sabrina Brando started her work with animals 21 years ago at the Amsterdam Zoo as a volunteer. Since then she has worked in many marine parks, zoos, wild life centres, sanctuaries and research institutes with a large variety of animal species world wide.
Since 2008 she has worked full-time through AnimalConcepts as a consultant in animal care and welfare, working 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 and behaviour. She also teaches workshops on animal welfare, enrichment, training and behaviour 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.
Through the Institute for Animal Technology UK she teaches CPD courses on animal welfare and enrichment for laboratory animals. Sabrina teaches as a guest lecturer on the Master of Research in Marine Mammal Science at St. Andrews University in Scotland, works as a consultant for the Royal Dutch Crime Squad in the Netherlands, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, USA.
Sabrina volunteers about one month annually of her time with 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 worldwide.
Publications & Presentations
Sabrina is a frequent invited and keynote speaker at animal welfare conferences worldwide, traveling 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 care, husbandry, veterinarian care, animal learning and behaviour, enrichment and the human-animal relationship.
Sabrina Brando has served on the Board of the European Association for Aquatic Mammals since 2004, and serves as a reviewer of the associated peer-reviewed journal Aquatic Mammals.
Sabrina enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, reading and filming. She is currently working on short documentaries and e-books on nature, wildlife and animal welfare and care.