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 conservation and research facilities in the UK, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, and South Africa. She is an invited reviewer for a range of conservation and animal science journals.

Research areas

Research primarily focuses on human-wildlife interactions (wild and captive settings), human-carnivore coexistence, vulture conservation, and the health and nutrition of zoo carnivores.

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

Previous research projects have included:

  • Livestock guarding dog effectiveness
  • 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 effectiveness of livestock guarding dogs as a method of non-lethal predator control, as well as students investigating a variety of conservation topics in South Africa, China, Europe and the UK. Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in mammalian and avian carnivore species, specifically human-carnivore interactions (including conflicts). Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

PhD programmes supervised by Dr. Whitehouse-Tedd:

  • Chloe Lucas. Evaluating human-carnivore coexistence using a multi-stakeholder socio-ecological approach.
  • Evangelos Achilleos. Determining the conservation impact of strategies currently employed for the Hyacinth macaw.

External PhD supervision:

  • Karla Esparza Guerrero. The influence of dietary fibre on behaviour, welfare and gut health of captive tigers (Panthera tigris). University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Dr. Sarah Depauw, 2014 (completed). Animal Fibre: A key factor for gastrointestinal health of an obligate carnivore, the cheetah. University of Ghent, Belgium.

External activity

  • Associate Editor, Zoo Biology
  • Reviewer for Folia Zoologica, 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).
  • Expert Assessor for Jonas, C.S., Timbrell, L.L., Young, F., Petrovan, S.O., Bowkett, A.E. & Smith, R.K. (2018) Management of Captive Animals:Promoting health and welfare in captive carnivores (felids, canids and ursids) through feeding practices. Pages 495-523 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2018. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.

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

  • Dr. Jacqueline Abell, Coventry University, UK
  • Prof. Russell Hill, Durham University, UK
  • Dr. Louis Phipps, Vulture Conservation Fund, Switzerland
  • Prof. Tadasu Urashima, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Japan
  • Dr. Arjun Amar, Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, South Africa
  • Dr. Heidi Prozesky, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Professor Geert Janssens’ research group at the University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Dr. Veronique Dermauw, Institute of Tropical Medicine, 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


Select recent publications:

Redefining human-animal relationships: an evaluation of methods to allow their empirical measurement in zoos. Patel, F., Whitehouse-Tedd, K., Ward, S. (2019). Animal Welfare 28: 247 - 259

Successful captive rearing of an Egyptian vulture at Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, UAE.  Whitehouse-Tedd, G. Whitehouse-Tedd, K. Tribulus: the Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group. 2018, 25:62-66

Animal Ambassador Encounter Programmes in Zoos: Current Status and Future Research Needs.  Whitehouse-Tedd, K.M., Spooner, S., Scott, L., Lozano-Martinez, J. (2018). In: Berger, M. and Corbett, S. (Eds.) Zoo Animals: Husbandry, Welfare and Public Interactions. Nova Science Publishers, New York. Chapter 2, pp 89-140.

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)

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.

Conservation and Agricultural Cooperation: Predator Control in South Africa: Meeting Conservation and Agricultural Expectations and Objectives. Leijenaar, S. (Ed. K.Whitehouse-Tedd). (2016). Lambert Academic Publishing.

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

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

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Press expertise

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