Chester Psychology Graduate Laura Stott returns from hand rearing wolves in Austria

Posted on 5th January 2017

Chester Psychology Graduate Laura Stott has recently returned to the UK after working at the Wolf Science Center in Austria.

Chester Graduate Laura Stott hand rearing a Timberwolf
Chester Graduate Laura Stott hand rearing a Timberwolf

Laura Stott began her Chester story in 2011 by joining the BSc Psychology Single Honours programme. In her final year dissertation, Laura studied individual differences in chimpanzees at Chester zoo under the supervision of animal psychologist Dr Lindsay Murray.

After graduating from Chester in 2014, Laura used her experience to gain employment as a Wolf Trainer at the Wolf Science Center in Austria. The Wolf Science Center conducts internationally recognised, first class research on the behaviour and cognition of wolves and dogs. In her role as a Wolf Trainer, Laura was involved with the hand rearing of Timberwolves which were taken to the centre from reserves in Europe, America, Canada and Russia. Laura’s work assisted in the exploration of the cognitive capabilities of wolves whilst keeping them mentally and physically fit.

On a recent visit to the Chester Psychology Department, Laura had this to say “I really enjoyed my time at Chester! The staff were very supportive and the course taught me so many skills. Chester also gave me so many opportunities above and beyond my degree!”. Laura is hoping to return to Austria soon to complete a PhD.

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