Emma Salvoni

Course Title: BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Conservation Science
Year of Graduation: 2022

UndergraduateAnimal Science

Emma Salvoni

What were you doing before coming to Wrexham University?

Prior to attending Wrexham University I was working in a boarding kennels, caring for people’s dogs. I also started learning to train and handle many different types of dogs. I then took a break from work to be a Mum.

What attracted you to Wrexham University?

I had always grown up with animals and didn’t think working with animals would ever be a possibility. Wrexham was local to me and provided the Animal Studies course, so I thought, why not?!

What was the atmosphere like around campus?

Our course was taught on the Northop campus. It was a quiet campus so we got to know each other as a cohort really well. Northop had a very personal feel to it!  

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed challenging myself and learning new skills. I enjoyed meeting like-minded people who had an interest in animal welfare, behaviour and training.

What was the support like?

The tutors were an excellent support, a lot of our group had been out of education for a while so they provided a very holistic teaching experience.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham University?

Wrexham University provided an excellent foundation for continuing in my personal education. I completed the PGCE after my BSc (Hons) and have since completed my MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Wrexham University, and why?

Yes, 100%! It has a very personal feel. The staff are very knowledgeable in their subjects and I was able to learn from them and develop further passion in my line of work. I wasn’t sure that HE was for me before I started the course but I felt at home very quickly.  

How did your time at Wrexham University prepare you for the world of work?

I am a self employed Canine Behaviour and Training consultant. I see around 100 dogs a week for group classes and one-to-one sessions for a range of behavioural issues and train with Cheshire Canine Services/REAL Dog Training near Chester. 

I have worked as a Police Dog Instructor specialising in Puppy Development, I currently instruct for the UK International Search and Rescue Team, I also consult for a number of organisations and support specialist dog training around the world. I teach and lecture in a range of subjects including Canine learning and training and dog behaviour. I work with the OK9 Team to train and assess Well-being and Trauma Support dogs for the Fire and Rescue service. I train dogs at home I currently have 3 Belgian Malinois puppies in training for various disciplines, when I can I compete in Working Trials.

What have you done since graduating and what does your current job involve?

Being self-employed allows me a lot of flexibility. Some of my highlights include participating in televised demonstrations at Crufts, working with the UKISAR team and training Police, Border Force and other Governmental organisations in Mongolia as a consultant for the Zoological Society of London.

What have been your career highlights to date?

Completing my degree built my confidence after a break in education. I was able to gain qualifications which have facilitated my current career and further opportunities.

How did studying at Wrexham University help you?


I was lucky enough to be working in the industry prior to starting at Wrexham. I completed an interesting placement as part of the work place module which did provide some networking opportunities for the future.  

Emma Salvoni