I have spent most of my adult life working with animals, having been a zoo keeper, groom, and for many years a qualified veterinary nurse before finding my niche as a companion animal behaviourist.
It was whilst working in veterinary practice, that I became aware of just how distressing and disruptive it can be when your pet has a behaviour problem. Companion animal behaviour therefore became my specialist area of further study and offering help and advice to pet owners become a regular part of my veterinary nursing duties.
In 1999 I gained the post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour from the University of Southampton and the same year was accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). Within a year the demand for my services as a pet behaviour counsellor had increased to the point where it was not feasible to also continue my work as a veterinary nurse so I set up my own independent veterinary referral practice, which I have continued with ever since.
In 2003 I achieved accreditation as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and I continue to study animal behaviour, with the behaviour of the domestic cat being my main interest and recognised area of expertise.
Over the years I have also written for and presented several talks for organisations such as the APBC, the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA), the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA). My written work has included contributions to the BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing and the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Advanced Veterinary Nursing.