18 APOPO training, welfare, research and data

I was tired this morning after waking up to another rainy day. I started off by documenting all of the rats in the breeding kennels (which spelled completion of my Head Office rat audit!) and then I finished up adding the information to the master spreadsheet. Then I interviewed Pendo, a wonderful character at APOPO. … Continue reading 18 APOPO training, welfare, research and data

17 Early morning minefield training with the HeroRATs-in-training

I am not a morning person, but my 5:50am alarm signalled the start of a great day and I quickly rolled out of bed and made it to the rat dormitories for 6am to see the rats* being loaded on to the rat bus. By 6:20am we hit the trail. *They attain the status HeroRAT … Continue reading 17 Early morning minefield training with the HeroRATs-in-training

16. Starting week two at APOPO making myself useful

I started off this new week at APOPO in Cindy's office, catching up after my first week and also so that I could conduct her interview. It was a really nice one and I find her very down to earth and humble, so it's an honour to have such a brilliant scientist spend her time … Continue reading 16. Starting week two at APOPO making myself useful

15. TB Office and Full Cheek Friday

I had a little bit of time this morning to type up some more of the interviews I did in Nairobi before heading to the main office and then getting a lift from Kobe to the Apopo Morogoro TB lab. I had a really nice time interviewing Mica over a coffee and muffin and then … Continue reading 15. TB Office and Full Cheek Friday

Me having a cuddle with Iceberg the rat

13. APOPO Life-Saving Detection Rats

APOPO I'm not sure how to blog about the next two weeks. I'm going to be at APOPO Headquarters and Training Facility shadowing all elements of the operation here for two weeks. Because I have the luxury of chatting to the whole team on multiple occasions so I'll see how things develop. Today was a … Continue reading 13. APOPO Life-Saving Detection Rats