Raymond is an expert in animal welfare and behaviour, with a BSc degree in Zoology from the University of Reading and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh. He has been a peer reviewer for the science journal 'Animal Welfare'.
Raymond co-founded the Badger Trust and is the Chairman of the East Surrey Badger Protection Society. He has 30 years of extensive experience of badgers and foxes in the field, including the rehabilitation of more than 150 orphaned badgers. Raymond has run training courses for police on badger ecology and legal protection. He also co-authored the publication of ‘The case of the protection of badger setts’, which formed the basis of the Badgers Act 1992.
A Chartered Biologist, Raymond is a specialist in the welfare of captive wildlife. Raymond’s expertise has seen him receive ministerial appointments to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) Zoos Forum, 2001–9 and membership of the Defra Elephant Working Group 2009–10. Raymond also ran Defra training courses for the Secretary of State’s Zoo Inspectors.
Raymond has lectured in animal welfare science at further, undergraduate and postgraduate level, writing an undergraduate syllabus on Human Animal relationships. Raymond has two rescue dogs that he dotes on too!