A little bit 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.
I graduated from Liverpool University in 2005 with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour. In 2006 I joined Sarah Heath’s team at Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice and continued my professional development by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Counselling at the University of Southampton. In 2008 I was promoted to head rehabilitation trainer, where I managed a team of rehabilitation trainers and conducted initial and follow up consultations for dogs with behavioural disorders.
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 (CCABs).
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
I am constantly striving to continue my professional
development and have attended over 100 courses/seminars in the field of companion animal behaviour. This enables me to
be at the forefront of new insights and developments, providing clients with the most up to date and comprehensive advice.