Animal Behaviour Specialists

I qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2001 and over the years became increasingly interested in animal behaviour. I am particularly interested in how the bond between animal and owner can break down as a result of an unusual or ‘problem’ behaviour. By addressing the behaviour problem at its root cause the bond can be restored leading to better welfare for both pet and owner.

As this interest developed and I began to appreciate a wider range and increase in number of behaviour problems, upon which I decided to further my knowledge in the area.

In 2011 I completed an ESPVS Nurse Certificate in Animal Behaviour and in 2014 completed the COAPE 2 Year Higher Diploma in Animal Behaviour and Training (QCF 5)

Behaviour Consultations

It is a very sad fact that behaviour problems are fast becoming one of the most common reasons for rehoming and rescue. Many people seek a quick fix and use aversive techniques to rid the unwanted problem rather than address the underlying cause.

As a Veterinary Nurse in practice I am able to see your pet upon referral from the Veterinary Surgeon and formulate a modification plan. Working in practice means that should pharmacological backup be required your Vet can be consulted and the problem quickly addressed.

I am happy to see both canine and feline cases, some examples of behaviours are listed below:

  • Repetitive behaviours - tail chasing, fly snapping, toy obsession, barking etc
  • Separation related disorders
  • Inappropriate toileting
  • Sound sensitivities
  • Attention seeking behaviours
  • Resource issues
  • Aggression – cyclists, joggers, dogs etc

As a member of CABPT, I use a theory model known as EMRA, this style of assessment looks at the Emotionality, general Mood state and Reinforcement factors for your pet. During consultation I will get to know you and your pet, providing an understanding of the best way to train your pet successfully to restore and maintain the all important pet-owner bond.

Making an appointment

If you are a client of Ashworth Veterinary Group simply ring and request a pre-consultation questionnaire. Once this is completed and returned I will contact you to discuss the case further and arrange a consultation.

If your pet is registered with another veterinary surgery please make an appointment with them for a full check over (this is to rule out any medical conditions which may be affecting your pets behaviour) and request a referral. Once we receive the referral request I will send you a questionnaire to complete and then on receipt of this will call to discuss the case and arrange a consultation.

What to expect

Depending on the case consultations may be carried out at your home or at the surgery. It is often preferable to carry them out in the home so I can assess your pet in their own environment.

I will go through the history using the questionnaire, this allows me to expand on areas I feel warrant further questioning. I may also request we require investigation such as video/audio recording to assess problem behaviours.

At the end of the consultation we will formulate an appropriate and achievable modification plan together. I will send you home with a brief action point from which will be followed up with a full written report. A report will also be sent to your Veterinary Surgeon.

For further information on this or any of my other services please refer to my website: