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Meet the Committee

Anne McBride Chair

Anne is an Animal Behaviour and Training Council recognised Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She has been practising since 1987. She was director of the first UK University based course in the field which ran at Southampton University from 1994 – 2015, where she still teaches and researches in the field of human-animal interactions. She is a Trustee of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She is dedicated to the goal of raising the professional status of trainers and behaviourists, believing it to be a crucial part of the overall puzzle of improving the welfare of animals and of those who interact with them. Her second goal is to grow old whilst never truly growing up, and to continue learning and laughing all the way!

Nicole Harris Co Secretary

Nicole is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and an Animal Training and Behaviour Council (ABTC) Registered Animal Training Instructor based on the Surrey/Hampshire border. She has been offering behaviour consultations and training services to dog owners in the surrounding areas since 2009. Nicole is passionate about the successful development and provision of education/mentoring opportunities for individuals new to the animal behaviour and training industry and already works with a number of other industry organisations. As a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) assessment team she plays an active role in the review of new candidate applications and their practical skills. In her role as Puppy School Regional Manager she is responsible for the successful development of a team of tutors through regular mentoring, observation and assessment. More recently she has been involved in the development of updated CPD courses for the network of Puppy School tutors across the UK. These courses have been developed to ensure a high standard of education and behavioural knowledge across the tutor network. Nicole is delighted to now join the APBC committee in the role of Company Secretary and continue her work to support both existing and future members of the APBC.

Elaine Henley Treasurer

Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the ABTC, and a Certified Parrot Consultant with the IAABC. Elaine lives in Scotland, is a companion animal behavioural counsellor who has been working with humans and their pets since the establishment of the Animal Behaviour Clinic & Take the Lead Dog School in 1997. Elaine has a Post-Graduate Degree Diploma, Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, from the University of Southampton. Elaine is a Full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), a Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), and a Certified Parrot Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).

Ingrid Haskal

After many years in the event industry Ingrid decided to change course, go back to university and in 2012 qualified from Southampton as a Companion Animal Behaviour counsellor. From 2012 until 2020 Ingrid has worked with both dogs and cats but this year has decided to specialise solely in separation related issues or separation anxiety as it is known to clients and vets. In 2019 the APBC lost most of their committee and Ingrid was asked to join the Interim committee where she worked closely with the treasurer and chair of the events committee. She also briefly took over the role of monitoring the enquiries for new membership. She decided to continue working on the committee and hopes to help the APBC move from strength to strength over the next three years.

Jane Williams

Jane Williams is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). She holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology and an MA in Education Management, in addition to her Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton. She also has a research MSc from the same University, the topic of which is animal health, welfare and ethics.
Jane is currently consulting as a companion animal behaviourist in Essex, London and the East of England. Jane works with a number of animal charities locally and has provided behaviour CPD and training events for staff at many local veterinary practices. She has also developed training materials for a variety of organisations including the PDSA and the RSPCA. She works with local schools to improve the understanding of young people about companion animal welfare.

Debbie Emmerson

Debbie is a full member of the APBC and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. Although she works mostly with dogs and cats, she has a particular interest in rodents and strives to improve relationships between owners and their pets so that all parties can live contentedly together.
As well as working as a behaviour consultant, she is a lecturer at Writtle University College where she has developed a Pet Behaviour option stream within the Animal degree programmes, designed to meet the ABTC academic requirements for those wishing to practice in this industry.

As part of the APBC Applications, Assessments Procedures Systems (AAPS) group, Debbie has been able to apply her skills as an educator and assessor to helping develop the APBC’s new assessment process. She’s passionate about education and lifelong learning, and strongly supports the APBC’s aims of fostering a friendly community where members of all levels can learn from and support one another. In her role on the committee she is keen to help the APBC nurture new and existing members, as part of its role in promoting the highest professional standards in humane behaviour therapy.

Emma Hatton

I am an ABTC registered Veterinary Behaviourist and recognised by the RCVS as an Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour. I have been working as a vet for 20 years, both in mixed and small animal practice. Throughout my career I have incorporated my interest in behaviour into my work and furthered my understanding through post-graduate study and practical experience. Over the last 10 years I have combined clinical veterinary practice with providing referral behaviour consultations for a number of local practices. It is my understanding and experience of the veterinary profession which I feel able to bring for the benefit of the APBC. I feel passionately about the need to maintain both physical and emotional health for our patients. We need to be open to different ideas and opinions together with drawing knowledge from a wide variety of backgrounds. Education is vital to maximise animal welfare and I feel the veterinary profession and APBC can work better together to promote this to the pet-owning community.
I understand the unique demands that both the veterinary and behavioural professions can have on our colleagues and appreciate the dedication and commitment shown in our collective goal of providing a high standard of behaviour counselling. I wish to continue to promote the work of the APBC whilst ensuring a supportive community for our membership.

Nicola Chamberlain

Nicola spent the first 18 years of her working life training and working in legal private practice, eventually specialising in health and safety civil litigation, catastrophic personal injuries and clinical negligence cases before changing career to follow her lifelong passion in animal welfare and training, specifically with horses and dogs. In 2008, Nicola returned to university to study first an animal management and welfare degree, eventually graduating with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2013. Her undergraduate research was based on efficacy and consequences of learning theory in different methods of horse training, which she presented as a poster at the specialist equine science and industry based Alltech-Hartpury. Nicola has been practising as an equine and canine behaviour counsellor and welfare consultant since around 2010, complementing her 35 years experience of handling, riding and then training of horses and her love of dogs, especially border collies. Bringing together her additional skills in equestrian coaching and equine specific positive reinforcement training, Nicola is now known for her considerable experience in the practical application of behaviour, ethology, welfare science and learning theory to training methods in horses to all levels and ranges of problems – from safe handling during husbandry and veterinary interactions, rehabilitating trauma cases, ameliorating complex unwanted behaviours to optimising performance in various ranges of ridden work covering the family pony to competition level. Combining her love and knowledge in the legal field with behaviour and welfare science, Nicola is now hoping to represent the equine sector within the APBC Committee in such areas as education, as well as being responsible for quality, complaints and guidance to members in terms of liabilities and animal welfare policy as well as assisting the Officers with any of the organisations legal affairs.

Danielle Beck

Danielle is an enthusiastic and passionate animal trainer and behaviour counsellor. Helping people to find the best way to help their animals is Danielle’s life’s work and she shows no signs of slowing down despite working with and training animals for 19 years. The primary species Danielle works with are dogs however, due to her background in zoology and work within zoological facilities, she is happy to see both domestic and non domestic species. Danielle is the first and only currently registered animal behaviourist; who has been assessed for reptiles and her MSc thesis focused on the factors affecting the stress of Green Iguanas kept as companion animals.. Danielle took over the role of webinar program organiser for the APBC a year ago and will continue this role along with assisting in event planning and helps maintain the website with Samantha Bailey.

Samantha Bailey

Samantha has been running a busy and successful behaviour practise working on veterinary referrals in the Swindon area for many years. Samantha recently helped the APBC to build a new website and get it functioning in a very short timeframe. The APBC has always been her gold standard and on the committee she would like to continue to improve the online experience for the public and to provide useful website tools to the members for their continuing professional development. Samantha would also like to encourage the membership to actively participate in suggesting ideas and producing great resources for the website to benefit not only their own profile, but that of the APBC as a whole, as well as furthering public knowledge of animal behaviour.

Lauren Watts

Lauren is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and also an ABTC registered Animal Training Instructor. Lauren works with owners all over the UK with emerging behaviour and training problems, separation issues, and has created numerous courses and resources for owners who need help for their dogs and puppies. Lauren and is passionate about helping humans and their dogs live happily together, and has been a speaker for different dog training organisations. As part of the committee, Lauren is keen to ensure that the APBC are presenting a professional, yet friendly and accessible, face to the world so owners are easily able to access us and the huge wealth of knowledge our members have – along with presenting the APBC as a leading standard in membership associations for pet behaviourists worldwide.

Rosie Bescoby

Rosie has worked as Press and Media Officer for the APBC and has been in charge of social media for the last two years. She is delighted to expand her involvement as a committee member. Based in North Somerset, Rosie provides behaviour consultations for dogs, cats and rabbits and enjoys working closely with veterinary colleagues and corporations, as well as writing articles for both pet owner and veterinary publications (including peer-reviewed journals). She has taught and lectured veterinary, veterinary nursing and animal care students and conducts staff training for veterinary practices.

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