Registered Veterinary Nurse & Behaviourist
I joined Vets4Pets in January 2016 as a locum nurse having trained as a veterinary nurse and qualifying in 2000. In addition to vet nursing I have worked in a variety of roles with animals including instructor for a charity, training assistance dogs for people and as a Training and Behaviour advisor for the Dogs Trust.
In 2003 I moved to New Zealand and worked in animal control, educating owners and dealing with aggressive dogs. It was there that my passion for behaviour developed. I have always loved training animals, using positive reinforcement techniques such as clicker training.
I helped set up the Association of Pet Dogs Trainers New Zealand and held the position of vice-chair until I moved back to the UK. I returned to the UK in 2011 after undertaking a number of courses on dog training and behaviour in order to complete my MSc in Animal Behaviour. I completed my Master’s with Distinction in 2014.
Over the summer of 2016 I was a research assistant on African Wild Dogs for 2 months in South Africa. Since coming back in September 2016 I have officially been employed full time as a permanent Registered Veterinary Nurse and Behaviourist at New Park. My passion’s are wildlife – in particular African wild dogs and domestic dogs. I have a cat called ‘Autumn’, breed free range chickens and have 4 pet lambs.