Gemma Carder - Research Adviser

Gemma is part of the research team, identifying and resolving research questions that address the most important issues faced by the animals and their owners every day.

What time does your alarm go off and how do you start your day?

My alarm goes off at 6:15am I have a shower and get ready for work, I have a quick breakfast while listening to the radio and then head off to get the 7:22 train to the office. I normally get to the office just after 8am, by then I am ready for a cup of tea. 

What are you responsible for in your role at Brooke?

I’m in the research team. Research is an integral part of Brooke’s work, contributing to a robust evidence base through identifying and resolving research questions that address the most important issues faced by the animals and their owners every day. 

My role at Brooke is very interesting and varied. A key part is working with my colleagues to develop robust research projects which can answer important questions to inform our work and our ultimate aim of improving the lives of working equids and their owners. 

How did you get your job?

Before joining Brooke in September 2018 I worked as a Research Manager at another large international animal welfare organisation. After six years I decided I wanted to gain experience working for a different organisation on different issues. A friend sent me the job advert, I applied and was offered the role.

What is your typical day?

I normally spend the first hour of the day responding to emails, usually from my international research colleagues about specific projects we’re working on. The rest of the day may involve skype calls with colleagues from overseas and face-to-face meetings with people in London. I’m currently working with colleagues on a couple of papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals, so I usually try to dedicate some of the day to concentrate on this and other similar work. 

What’s your most memorable work moment?

Having only joined Brooke five months ago, I still have lots to look forward to! So far I’m enjoying getting to know my colleagues and hearing about all the fascinating things Brooke has achieved over the years.

What’s the worst part of your job?  

When you work for any animal welfare organisation, the worst thing is hearing and learning about the huge number of animals that are suffering on a daily basis. However, working with like-minded colleagues to make a difference is very rewarding.

And the best?

Working with people with different expertise and from a range backgrounds. I have quite a varied animal welfare research background, so it’s great to be working for Brooke that tackles so many different issues.  

What would be your Plan B? What would you be doing if you didn't work at Brooke?

I think I would always be working in a role related to animals in some way. Having studied zoology and primatology I also have an interest in conservation and the synergies between animal welfare and conservation, so perhaps a research role in compassionate conservation.   

What do you do after work?

I often like to just unwind in the evenings. However, working in central London provides great opportunities to do fun and interesting things!

What makes you #ProudToBeBrooke?

Working for an evidence based organisation that works to make a lasting change for both people and animals.