School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Mark Brett

Animal Research Team Leader


I joined the University in 2005 after a 16 year career in Zoo Animal Management. I worked with a variety of stock and gained a great deal of experience in animal husbandry. For the majority of my time in zoos I specialised in Elephants and Primates and helped lead one of the country's most successful training and breeding programs for Asian Elephants, at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park, where I finished my zoo career.  

In my capacity as Animal Research Team Leader, I lead and manage the technical support based at the University's Cockle Park Farm, ensuring that all research objectives are achieved. I am ultimately responsible for all Health and Safety matters relating to research activities and am lead NACWO (Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer) for the farm, ensuring all associated legal responsibilities are met, a culture of care is maintained and that the welfare of animals on trial is of the highest possible standard.

I also manage the Livestock research buildings at Cockle Park, including our innovative C-DIAL building, which develops and tests novel technologies that can be applied to livestock. I continue to drive the improvement of the technical support we offer at the farm and related processes and procedures.