Master of Arts, University St. Andrews, Scotland, 1956. Diploma in Education, University St. Andrews, Scotland, 1957. Diploma in Adult Education, University Edinburgh, Scotland, 1969.
Master of Science, University South Alabama, 2004.
Teacher secondary schools, Scotland, 1957-1967; adviser studies, private college, Edinburgh, 1967-1969; lecturer, education colleges, Scotland, 1969-1980; assistant director, Adult Education Institute, Scotland, 1980-1987; director, Society Companion Animal Studies, Glasgow, Scotland, since 1987. Consultant, researcher Scottish Education Department, 1987, 92.
Honorary Member National Association Educational Guidance for Adults (chair 1986-1989, general secretary 1990-1997), International Association Human Animal Interaction Organizations (vice president 1995-2001), member United Kingdom Companion Animal Welfare Council, Pet Fostering Services Scotland (chair since 1999).
Married David James Guthrie Docherty, May 11, 1975 (divorced 1986).