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A new inspector calls…
7th November 2017

By Karen Pickwick

Karl Marston starts as a fully-trained and qualified RSPCA inspector this month.

Inspector Marston graduated with a City & Guilds qualification at a ceremony held at the charity’s head office in Horsham, West Sussex.

The animal-lover, who says badgers are his favourites, has worked for the charity for four years.

He first worked at RSPCA Coventry, Nuneaton and District Branch in dog rehoming for two years before becoming an animal collection officer in Birmingham for another two years, before embarking on the 12-month inspector training course last year.

“I wanted a job where I could make a difference to a lot of animals,” he said. “You spend so much time at work so you may as well do something you are interested in and like doing – and this job is so unique.”

Karl, who has two German shepherds, a lurcher, a royal python and a corn snake (all rescued), previously worked in engineering before a career change saw him go back to university to follow his passion and study animal management and welfare.

His training course involved seven months in the classroom and tackling practical assessments alongside 15 peers.

Have Twenty-five new recruits embarked on the same training course this month after being chosen from more than 4,000 applicants.

The RSPCA has 287 full-time uniformed inspectors, each covering, on average, an area of 172 square miles.