Crista Rayner Troeglen

Crista Rayner Troeglen is a tutor at Merrist Wood, specialising in animal management, teaching on the Foundation Degree for Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Foundation Degree in Animal Science and Companion Animal Behaviour.

“I grew up in Mexico City where I studied a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry with further studies in Animal Behaviour & Welfare in Edinburgh. I was a key player in introducing the syllabus into the Veterinary Medicine curriculum at the National University in Mexico City teaching animal health and husbandry, as well as animal behaviour and welfare.”

Troeglen has ecliptic experiences with animals and people around the world, bringing a unique perspective to her teaching!

In the mid 90’s, my husband and I emigrated to Malaysia where I volunteered at WWF and veterinary clinics and then took up a position in Hong Kong working as Marine Mammal Curator. Here I was able to apply my professional knowledge in veterinary medicine, animal behaviour, animal welfare, research and staff management to ensure the best care for the animals.”

The following years I decided to focus on bringing up our family returning to the UK in 2005 but also spending some years in Madrid and Abu Dhabi.

Throughout these times I volunteered in the community, including re-homing of pets and maintained my interest in animal behaviour & welfare.”

Troeglen’s practices are best at use when she is teaching young people.

“I teach adult students at Higher Education (HE) in the subjects of animal sciences, health, behaviour, welfare and nutrition.

I find it extremely rewarding to teach students during their formative HE years and hope to make a difference at this unique and crucial point!