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ABOUT ME...

 

I am a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, a Certificated Member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians, and am registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist.

I'm qualified to treat behaviour problems in dogs, cats, and other pets, and I have been in practice for over ten years. I work with clients throughout Suffolk and bordering counties, and have a private training field in mid Suffolk.

I've had an interest in animal behaviour since childhood. I grew up on a farm and have kept pet dogs, cats and rabbits all my life, and began training my own dogs for obedience and basic gundog training in my early teens. More recently I bred several litters from my own pet dog.

While at school and university I spent many weeks of work experience with vets and veterinary nurses, gaining experience in handling animals of all shapes, sizes and temperaments!

Academic Qualifications

I have a degree in Zoology from London University, and in June 2008 I was awarded a Distinction in the Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, which I completed at Southampton University.

This rigorous and extensive course covers all the companion animal species and includes detailed reference to behavioural development, ethology, neuropsychology, pharmacology, learning theory, psychology, the law relating to pets, animal welfare, and training: theory and practical experience.

In November 2019 I became a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) through the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). This is another rigorous standard which I undertook in order that referring vets and clients can be assured of my knowledge and experience in pet behaviour.

Professional Memberships

I am a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), a Certificated Member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC), and an Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist.

The Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) is the regulatory body that sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, or animal trainer, and it maintains the national registers of appropriately qualified trainers and behaviourists.

I am an ABTC-Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist through my membership of two practitioner organisations:

The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is an international network of experienced and qualified pet behaviour counsellors. Members have to meet high academic standards and have extensive practical experience, and the APBC Code of Practice ensures that members maintain high professional standards so that clients can be assured of effective, humane and appropriate advice at a reasonable cost.

The Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC) is an organisation for independently accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourists, offering assurance to referring vets and the public that members hold the highest academic and practical standards.

                              

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