Wildlife Veterinarian and Research Associate
Area of work
Wildlife Health
British Wildlife
Citizen science
Horizon scanning
Contact details

Institute of Zoology Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park
United Kingdom

Research Interests

Sarah's main interests are studying infectious and non-infectious threats to wildlife, how these affect their conservation, and how best to communicate and educate others on these threats. Other more specific interests include parasitology and toxicology.

What global conservation challenge does Sarah's work address?

Monitoring the health of, and identifying disease threats to, British wildlife. Sarah is a member of the Garden Wildlife Health project, which study garden birds, birds of prey, hedgehogs, amphibians and reptiles.

The Garden Wildlife Health project aims to monitor the health of, and assess the threats (both infectious and non-infectious) to Great Britain's garden wildlife. This information is collated from a variety of sources, such as citizen scientist reports, abundance surveys and post-mortem examinations. It is then analysed and used to produce scientific papers, evidence-based advice, teaching material and public outreach presentations.

Sarah Fowkes with lake and mountains in background

Scientific studies and investigations are vital in the fight to save wildlife. Sarah is proud to be a part of an organisation such as ZSL, whose work is instrumental in protecting and conserving wildlife across the globe.

To learn more about the Garden Wildlife Health project, visit our website, Facebook @wildlifehealth, Twitter @wildlife_health or send us an email at

Professional history
  • 2022-present: Wildlife Veterinarian and Research Associate, Garden Wildlife Health, Institute of Zoology
  • 2020-2021: Small animal veterinarian, Lincolnshire

  • 2019-2020: Small animal consulting veterinarian, Christchurch, New Zealand.

  • 2016-2018: Small animal veterinarian, Hertfordshire.

  • 2012-2016: BVetMed, Royal Veterinary College, London

  • 2011-2012: Masters in Research (Animal Behaviour), University of Nottingham

  • 2009: Biosearch Expeditions Malawi, Lead for the Large Animal Survey

  • 2008-2011: BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Nottingham

  • Member: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons