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Previous to joining the University of Surrey, Tom worked for the Animal and Plant Health Agency for ten years in a ACDP3/SAPO3 high containment post mortem facility, carrying out post mortems on large animals, whilst being the licenced slaughterman on site. Here, he was involved in long-term projects such as BSE/TSE and TB suspect animal investigations, carrying out sample collection in the post mortem room, assisting with live animal blood sampling and day-to-day farm animal work in high containment facilities. Tom was also a trainer and assessor for the humane euthanasia procedures and carcase dismantling in the facility, shortly before becoming the building's NACWO (Named Animal Care & Welfare Officer), ensuring that the highest standards of animal welfare were kept whilst carrying out home office procedures.