A little about me
Summary of Qualifications
- 2005 - BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour, University of Liverpool.
- 2008 - PG Dip Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, University of Southampton.
- 2015 – ABTC Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist.
- 2015 - Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors.
- 2020 - ASAB Accredited Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist.
In 2014 I relocated to the South of England and successfully set up my own behavioural referral business where I have continued to see dogs and cats with a range of behavioural problems.
In February 2015 I was accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). The APBC is an international network of experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellors and full membership requires a rigorous selection procedure to ensure that candidates have achieved the highest proven academic and practical standards. Full members of the APBC are also recognised as Clinical Animal Behaviourists by The Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). This is the regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies.
In September 2020 I then gained accreditation as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) with The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). Accreditation involves a theory (viva) and practical exam to assess an individuals performance criteria and knowledge of the chosen species (dogs). ASAB recognises that there is a need for professional advice about the behavioural problems of animals and offers the certification scheme so that pet-owners, veterinary surgeons, and others who work with animals are able to seek advice from properly qualified Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourists.
During the past fifteen years I have worked with a huge number of pet dogs and cats suffering from a variety of emotional disorders. I have lectured at the University of Chester and Cornwall College, and I have conducted practical sessions on behavioural rehabilitation with veterinary students from Liverpool University. I have gained distinctions in the Clicker Trainers Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) 1 and 2, and I am currently working towards becoming a Tellington Touch Practitioner after achieving my ‘Practitioners in Training’ qualification.
Continual Professional Development
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