I am a clinical animal behaviourist based near Daventry, covering Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties. I see dogs, cats and small mammals.
I have a BSc (Hons) in Biology and an MSc (merit) in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln. I worked as a veterinary nurse for several years before specialising in behaviour.
I am a candidate member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians and a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications I am gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership. Both organisations have a code of conduct, which includes using only science based and ethical training methods. I am fully insured with Protectivity.
Animal welfare, alongside safety, is always my top priority. I only use effective, reward-based training, based on the latest science-based methods. This is designed to help pets to make the right choices in accordance with the client and their family’s wishes.
I also offer free training to the veterinary team in topics such as: stress-free handling, making clinics dog- and cat-friendly, and dog and cat body language. Please let me know if this is of interest and we can make an appointment. The training will be tailored to your team.
Why is referral needed?
Behaviour problems may arise both directly and indirectly as a result of concurrent or previous medical problems. Veterinary involvement is therefore essential in understanding the contribution of medical causes of the behavioural problem and prioritising the treatment strategy to be used in any given case. In addition, behaviourists are seen as part of the supporting paraprofessional team, which means we work under the vet 'umbrella' in order to ensure safeguarding of the pet in question. It is also required as part of my professional memberships.