2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Leanne Haines

Leanne HainesUniversity of Liverpool


I was born in a small town close to Skipton, the ‘gateway to the dales’ in Yorkshire. I have always had a love for animals and science. During my final year of college I raised over £2500 to fund a five-week trip to Kenya with Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society. Whilst in Kenya I did conservation work on the coast of Mombasa, spent nine days trekking through the desert with camels, and travelled by truck to Lake Turkana. After my A-levels, I took a gap year, working for the first six months and travelling to Australia for the later five months. Whilst in Australia, I spent ten weeks as a volunteer for the RSPCA headquarters in Queensland and spent the rest of the time travelling and seeing as much of the country as possible.

In my second year of veterinary school I won a scholarship from the Cats Protection to research factors that affect an owner’s decision to vaccinate their cats for eight weeks. I have spent the past year intercalating in Zoology BSc, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I am due to start my fourth year of the veterinary program in September.


I enjoy spending time with my friends in social events. I also love to relax, read and going out for meals. I go to the gym regularly and take part in yoga, Pilates, Tae Bo and circuit training classes. Another interest of mine is travelling and learning about different countries and their cultures – although this is an expensive hobby and I find myself continuously saving up for it!

Career Goal:

Through my time at vet school I have learnt more and more about the veterinary field. My main interests lie in animal behavior, genetics and the existence of pain in animals. Hopefully I will be able to combine clinical work with these areas of research.