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Dr Sadie King

Dr Sadie King, Principal Researcher Consultant, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. Co-Director of P3C Practitioner Certificate in Consulting and Change.


Dr Sadie King, Principal Researcher Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human RelationsMy work at the Tavistock Institute includes evaluation, organisational and professional development assignments. Recent key areas of focus have been Children’s Social Care and Mental Health and Wellbeing. I integrate systems psychodynamic, gestalt and anthropological approaches to support communities and organisations in learning and through change. 

Working or living close to animals has always been an important aspect of my life. I am fascinated by spaces of animal and human co-existence. My early career as a zookeeper led me to work on a conservation project in Cameroon, and it was there, working with a hunter community that I decided to study anthropology. Today animal welfare and rights is an important concern and I have been thinking a lot about human co-existence with animals and some of the psychological and societal consequences of our healthy and less healthy relationships.



Emotional aspects of work with animals in the context of change and complexity

This presentation explores some of the societal and cultural issues that vet professionals might encounter as a result of their position at the intersection between human and animal relations and their important role in negotiating this to ensure the highest standards of animal health and welfare are maintained. Taking the broadest view of human and animal interactions and using the widest range of available research into this phenomenon, the presentation considers afresh the emotions, both positive and negative, that working with animals and their owners might bring about and how these might be felt by individuals, groups of colleagues as well as organisations. In doing this, it also looks forward to how shifts in attitudes towards animals precipitated by the Covid-19 pandemic might affect this.  It concludes with some ideas on how workplaces can be shaped to support the acknowledgment of these wider forces with steps to help work with them adaptively.

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