Post Graduate Research Assistant and Wildlife Veterinarian
- 2013-present: Post Graduate Research Assistant and Wildlife Veterinarian, Institute of Zoology.
- 2012-2013: Project Veterinarian, Institute of Zoology.
- 2012: Wildlife Veterinarian, RSPCA Wildlife Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
- 2010-2011: MSc Wild Animal Health, Institute of Zoology and the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. Thesis supervised by Dr. Paul Jepson ( Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme ).
- 2009: Member, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
- 2007: BVSc (Hons), St. Paul’s College, University of Sydney, Australia.
- 2006: Certificate in Ecosystems Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Garden Wildlife Health (GWH)
Garden Wildlife Health is a collaborative project between the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) which aims to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats to, British wildlife. Our particular focus is on garden birds, amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs. For this we count on the help of the public to submit reports of sick or dead wildlife and to submit samples for analysis.
For further information on the GWH, see here .
I am interested in the effects of human activity on the health and welfare of free-living wildlife populations. My work has included the clinical care of wildlife casualties (native Australian mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles), analysis of the toxic effects of a persistent organic pollutant on the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and forensic investigations involving persecuted birds of prey.
I have been lucky to be involved in the veterinary management of several captive breeding and post-release surveillance programs involving British wildlife such as adders (Vipera berus), sand lizards (Lacerta agilis), dormice (Muscardinus avellanarius), corncrakes (Crex crex), hen harriers (Circus cyaneus), red kites (Milvus milvus) and fen raft spiders (Dolomedes plantarius).
I assisted Dr. Tony Sainsbury and Gabriela Peniche with co-ordination and implementation of the Disease Risk Analysis and Health Surveillance for Interventions (DRAHS) project from May, 2012 until May, 2013.
For further information, see here .
Publications, Theses and Reports:
Hopkins, T., Murphy, S., Carter, I., Shorrock, G., Blunn, G., Peniche, G., Goodship, A., Sainsbury, A. (2013) Disease Surveillance of the hen harrier (Circus cyaneus), Natural England Species Recovery Project Report, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK.
Hopkins, T. and Sainsbury, A. (2013) Disease surveillance of the European adder (Vipera berus) from sites in Berkshire, Natural England Species Recovery Project Report, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK.
Hopkins, T., Berry, K., Dodds, J., Routh, A., Strike, T. and Bouts, T. (2011) Walking sedation with a detomidine-butorphanol combination in a yak (Bos grunniens), Poster: the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
Hopkins, T., Deaville, R., Law, R., Perkins, M. and Jepson, P. (2011) Splenic depletion associated with adipose polychlorinated biphenyls in stranded and by-caught English and Welsh harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), MSc Thesis: Institute of Zoology and Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.