Sarah K

Derek: an inspector’s story

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Derek has been an RSPCA inspector for 37 years


Yep, Derek started to train as an inspector when he was just 22 years old, in 1979. Back then things were very different for all of us, but particularly for an inspector. There were no mobiles phone of course so Derek couldn’t be contacted when he was out investigating and he just had to pick up a list of jobs for the day each morning.

And think how different animal welfare must have been 37 years ago. Derek remembers when the sale of exotic wild animals such as lions and tigers was popular in London. Eeek!


In his own words

Here’s what Derek has to say about being an inspector:

“I used to work for a bank before I joined the RSPCA, but I wanted to do something with a purpose. I believe animals have a right to be protected. To be successful as an RSPCA inspector you need perseverance and a hard work ethic and, in return, you will have one of the most rewarding jobs out there, which is different every day.”

Not only is Derek a dedicated inspector, he has also run five marathons for the RSPCA raising a whopping £5,000. Amazing! And here’s Derek today, all sooty from rescuing a pigeon from a chimney! Hooray for Derek!

Sarah K

Sarah K

Hi, I'm Sarah and I look after our fantastic junior membership. I've been at the RSPCA for seven years and I've loved every minute. There are so many dogs around the office - it's great to get to know them all! I love animals and used to have five amazing pet rats. And, in case you didn't know, rats are possibly THE best pet. Well to me anyway. I don't have a favourite animal though - I think they're all amazing. I've even started to like spiders a bit more, weird I know! The thing I enjoy most is seeing animals in their natural habitat - to me there's not much more thrilling than that.

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