I have worked with a range of species for over 18 years having gained a number of qualifications including
- NVQ Level 2 Caring for Animals
- NVQ Level 3 in Animal Welfare and Management
- Certificate of Higher Education in Animal Science
- First Class BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
- Post Graduate Diploma in Education
- As well as a selection of purpose trained courses aimed at the animal welfare sector which are attended on a regular basis.
I have been lecturing in Animal Management for a number of years been which has allowed me to work with animals of different temperaments and teach young people how to care for these species. This has enabled me to continue gaining practical experience as we as keeping up to date with changes in the animal industry. In the past I have owned and worked with a range of species including reptiles, farm livestock and primates. I have also established animal care centres for further education colleges and have had the responsibility of running these and ensuring the animals were cared for to the highest standards. I still lecture on a part time basis alongside running classes, behaviour consultations and being a Perfect Fit Specialist (Perfect Fit Harness). This means that I offer a truly personal service as I run my part time business in order to help people build a better relationship with their animals.
I regularly attend courses and seminars on animal behaviour and training to ensure my knowledge is up to date. As a former bloodhound owner I understand the frustrations of training a 'stubborn' breed and the difficulties that this can bring! I offer a caring, professional service where you and your pet will get the training and advice you deserve without being judged. I share my life with my rescue dog Coco who, being reactive, teaches me new ways of training reactive dogs on a daily basis.
I was born into a family of animal lovers and have always had a dog in the family. During school I managed to gain voluntary work caring for many different animals in a Rescue Centre. This enabled me to gain a wide range of experience in the needs of different animals. It was during this time I gained a particular love for horses, pushing me to want to gain further experience. My determination paid off when I found work at a riding school during the weekends, where I would assist with helping out around the stables and caring for the horses. At 16 I decided that my passion for horses was something I needed to follow as a career. I gained employment at a horse racing yard and moved to Newmarket.
Some years later, after having a family of my own and having extensive experience of training my own dogs, I decided to gain qualifications to become a dog trainer with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour .