Dog Behaviourist, dog trainer
Graduating with these qualifications means that I have obtained a comprehensive education in animal training & behaviour management, & have been rigorously assessed & certified to be excellent in animal training, applied behaviour analysis, owner education & behaviour modification. I am one of a growing number of KPA-CTPs practicing in the U.K. & a Karen Pryor Academy, & a faculty teacher at the Academy too.
I have gained a Certificate of Excellence for completion of Susan Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals Course for Professionals (completed four years in a row 2012-2015, just because it's so brilliant!). In 2103, I was assessed for knowledge & practical skill to attain membership of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK. In 2016, I achieved a Diploma in Advanced Cat Behaviour, from Compass Education & Training, graduating with distinction; & a level 5 Canine Behaviour Practitioner Diploma, from Animal Jobs Direct. I am an assessed full member of INTO Dogs, which holds membership of the Animal Training & Behaviour Council.
Over the years, I have attended many veterinary behaviour lectures & training workshops to ensure I am always up to date & following the best current practices. I continue to further my education in animal behaviour, & am currently studying an advanced veterinary nursing animal behaviour qualification. I am a level one certified TAG teacher, which gives me a strong foundation in teaching humans too.
With my background in nursing at the highest level, you can be assured of the quality of care, skill & knowledge provided by Inspiring Pet Teaching. I have spent many years developing, not only my clinical skills, but also my teaching abilities, as well as working relationships with pet owners & veterinary professionals across the U.K. Throughout the time I have been nursing I have learned not only about caring for the physical health of my patients, but also for their behavioural well-being.
Being a registered Veterinary Nurse legally qualifies me to approach your pet’s behavioural health as a whole – working alongside your vet, bringing topics such as nutrition, neutering, general health care into discussions & training plans (this being outside the remit of many trainers & behaviour counsellors without recognised qualifications).
The marriage of evidence-based veterinary, nursing & animal training knowledge that I have acquired enhance each other, allowing the perfect balance of skills to improve the quality of life of the pets in my care. This is a subject I regularly write & teach on too.
I have worked in centres of excellence for over half my nursing career, & have also achieved multiple awards. In 2001 & 2002, I gained the highest exam results in the U.K. in the RCVS Veterinary Nursing exams. In 2004, she passed her Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Medical), again achieving the top exam score in the U.K. In 2009, she became the first U.K. Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology. Linda is also a Pet Health Counselor (advanced).
I began nursing in mixed practice 2000 in the West of Ireland, then moved to the U.K. in order to train as a veterinary nurse. I worked in small animal practice, gaining knowledge & experience of all types of patient & client care, qualifying in 2002. I then moved to work at the Royal Veterinary College’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals to gain advanced skills & study for her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing, before taking up a permanent position at Edinburgh Vet School’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, where I stayed until the end of 2009. My specialist interests include medical & oncology nursing, analgesia, clinical nutrition, as well as behavioural health & emotional welfare. Working at both universities I rotated through all the specialist disciplines, gaining a broad knowledge base, advanced skills & qualifications, & learning from expert clinicians & nurses, & from pets & their owners.