When Kirsty started as an Animal Behaviourist, she constantly came up against people saying that dogs should be treated as wolves. She disagreed with this and set out to research wolf behaviour so that she could explain why dogs should not be treated as wolves. She was fortunate enough to study with the late Professor Ray Coppinger, who became a dear friend, and the late Erik Zimen. She visited Wolf Park at Battle, Indiana to meet their captive wolves.
Since 1995 she has been a member of the UK Wolf Conservation Trust at Beenham, near Reading and latterly she was a Specialist Advisor with them.