katherine Whitehouse Tedd

Kat Whitehouse-Tedd

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Dr Whitehouse-Tedd’s teaching and research supervisory contributions are on BSc (Hons) Animal Biology, BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology and MSc Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation.

Career overview

Dr Whitehouse-Tedd has previously held positions in zoos and research facilities in the UK, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, and South Africa. She is an invited reviewer for a range of zoo, veterinary and animal science journals.

Research areas

Research primarily focuses on human-wildlife conflict, zoo visitor studies, and the health and nutrition of zoo carnivores.

  • Human-wildlife conflict mitigation methods in southern Africa
  • Zoo education and ambassador animal efficacy
  • Captive carnivore (mammalian and avian) nutrition
  • In situ predator conservation techniques including non-lethal predator control methods

Previous research projects have included:

  • Diet and gastrointestinal health in captive cheetahs
  • Environmental enrichment strategies in captive cheetahs
  • Joint health nutraceuticals in captive zoo animal heath
  • Endoparasite control in captive cheetahs
  • Neonatal cheetah cub growth and development
  • Hindgut fermentation in captive cheetah nutrition and health
  • Domestic cat and dog nutrition

Dr. Whitehouse-Tedd has previously supervised students involved in field research in South Africa, investigating the efficacy of livestock guarding dogs as a method of non-lethal predator control, as well as students investigating a variety of student projects in South Africa, China, Europe and the UK. Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in captive and free-ranging carnivore species, specifically human-carnivore interactions (including conflicts). Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

  • Associate Editor, Zoo Biology
  • Consultant for international zoos on hand-rearing and nutrition
  • Co-supervisor on a PhD programme at the University of Nottingham investigating tiger health and nutrition
  • Reviewer for Research in Veterinary Science, Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, International Zoo Yearbook, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, and Zoo Biology
  • Invited author on the 2015 revisions to the Cheetah Species Survival Plan Animal Care Manual (nutrition), and contributor to the 2017 EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for Cheetah (nutrition).

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

Previous research has been conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

Current and previous university collaborations include

  • Professor Geert Janssens’ research group at the University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Dr Lisa Yon, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Professor Bisong Yue, Sichuan University, People's Republic of China
  • Dr Anne Becker, Ross University, St. Kitts
  • Dr Sarah Depauw, Odisee University College, Belgium
  • Dr Guido Bosch, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
  • Professor Stephen Barnes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA


Dietary factors associated with faecal consistency and other indicators of gastrointestinal health in the captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Whitehouse-Tedd K, Lefebvre S, Janssens GPJ, PLoS One, 2015, 10 (4)

Reduction in livestock losses following placement of Livestock Guarding Dogs and the impact of herd species and sex. Leijenaar, S-L, Cilliers D, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Journal of Agriculture and Biodiversity Research, 2015, 4 (1), 9-15

Effect of diet type on serum and faecal concentration of S100/calgranulins in the captive cheetah. Depauw S, Heilmann RM, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Hesta M, Steiner JM, Suchodolski JS, Janssens GPJ, Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 2014, 2 (2), 33 – 38

Perceived efficacy of livestock-guarding dogs in South Africa: Implications for cheetah conservation. Rust RA, Whitehouse-Tedd KM, MacMillan DC, Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2013, 37(4), 690-697.

Animal fibre: The forgotten nutrient in strict carnivores? First insights in the cheetah. Depauw S, Hesta M, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Vanhaecke L, Janssens G, Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 2013, 97 (1), 146–154

Blood values of adult captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) fed either supplemented beef or whole rabbit carcasses. Depauw S, Hesta M, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Shulz J, Buyse J, Janssens GPJ, Zoo Biology, 2012, 31 (6), 629–641

Adverse reactions to praziquantel and pyrantel anthelmintic drug combination in captive cheetahs. Whitehouse-Tedd, K., Smith, L., Budd, J., Lloyd, C. (2017) Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.

Evaluation of Three Popular Diets Fed to Pet Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps): Intake, Digestion, and Nutrient Balance. Dierenfeld, E.S., Whitehouse-Tedd, K. (2017). Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. DOI: 10.1111/jpn.12727

Nutritional composition of diets fed to ungulates at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife. Whitehouse-Tedd, K., Hebelmann, L., Strick, J., Vercammen, P., Dierenfeld, E. (2016). Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. 4(2): 65-76.

Captive cheetah nutrition. In: Marker, L., Schmidt-Kuentzel, A., Boast, L. (Eds.).Whitehouse-Tedd, K.M., Dierenfeld, E.S., Becker, A.A.M.J., Huys, G., Williams, J., Depauw, S., Kerr, K., Janssens, G.P.J. (2017). Cheetahs: Conservation and Biology. Chapter 26. Academic Press (Elsevier)

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Press expertise

  • Human-wildlife conflict (especially African carnivores)
  • Zoo animal nutrition
  • Human-animal encounters in zoos (e.g. ambassador animals)
  • Conservation education in zoos