Mark Evans becomes first-ever patron for APBC

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Mark Evans APBC PatronThe Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is proud to announce that TV vet and broadcaster, Dr Mark Evans, has become the organisation’s first patron.

Mark is a familiar face on TV and is well known for his work on dog-related TV programmes, including the Channel 4 series, Pet Rescue, BBC1’s Barking Mad, and Pedigree Dogs Exposed. His latest project, Dogs: Their Secret Lives, aired on channel 4 earlier this year and revealed the challenges that the modern day pet dog faces in the 21st century. He is also the author of the series of ‘How to look after’ pet care books focusing on the needs, welfare and care of pets such as cats, dogs, fish, birds, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Commenting on accepting his new role, Mark said: “I’m extremely honoured to be the APBC’s first patron. I have a holistic interest in animal welfare and the quality of life that animals enjoy is determined by both their physical health and their mental wellbeing – the two are inextricably linked. I think it is incredibly important that the worlds of animal behaviour counselling and veterinary science work together and that owners have easy access to appropriately qualified and experienced animal behaviour counsellors whose work is underpinned not just by experience and common sense, but also by science. Amazingly, the field of companion animal behaviour counselling remains unregulated, formally. But, over the last 25 years, the APBC has created a trusted network of practical behaviour experts that work to a strict code of practice and always in collaboration with the veterinary profession”.

The APBC is a not for profit organisation whose members help resolve behaviour problems in companion animals ranging from dogs, cats and horses to birds and reptiles. In recognition of the critical link between behaviour and physical health, its international network of experienced behaviour counsellors works on referral from veterinary surgeons. The Association continues to recognise that a strong link between the veterinary surgeon and the behaviourist is essential in all cases, and it is a membership requirement that all members must work solely on veterinary referral.

Rosie Barclay, chairperson of APBC, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark as our first ever patron. His passion and commitment to improving companion animal welfare is exemplary and mirrors the ethics of the APBC.

“Mark has really helped bring the science behind companion animal behaviour problems to the attention of the public, championing the use of behaviour modification techniques to help manage and solve behaviour issues in family pets. We could not wish for a better first patron.”

For further information please contact: Susan McKeon on: 07792 279279. Email: susan [at] happyhoundstraining [dot] co [dot] uk


Notes to editors
1. The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) was established in 1989 and is the UK’s leading organisation in the field of companion animal behaviour. Many of its members are at the cutting edge of the latest research into the rapidly growing research field of companion animal behaviour and welfare.

The APBC represents a network of behaviour counsellors that have achieved the highest proven academic and practical standards available in the field of companion animal behaviour therapy. APBC members abide by a strict code of conduct and continually develop their professional knowledge so that clients and the veterinary surgeons who refer to them can be assured they receive the latest expert advice.

The organisation is also a founding member of the Animal Behaviour & Training Council - a regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviourists.

The APBC is also proud of its role as an education provider and continues to promote the best in pet behaviour therapy to improve the welfare of all companion animals. It organises a number of seminars and events throughout the year for both the veterinary and behaviour professions.

2. Mark Evans
Mark Evans is a veterinary surgeon and former RSPCA Chief Vet. He has a special interest in the welfare of dogs and is well known for his campaigning work to help modern dogs and their owners enjoy happier and healthier lives together.

Mark qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1987 and, in practice, worked mainly with horses, dogs and cats. In 2007, he joined the RSPCA to set up a new science department focusing on the welfare of pet animals, working animals and animal athletes. For three years, he was the Society’s Chief Veterinary Advisor.

Over the last 25 years, Mark has presented hundreds of animal and science programmes for broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, PBS and National Geographic. His ground-breaking anatomy and evolution series, Inside Nature’s Giants, won a BAFTA for best specialist factual programme.

Currently, Mark presents and helps produce the highly-acclaimed dog science series, Dogs: Their Secret Lives, on Channel 4.

Mark is passionate about the power of citizen science and especially its potential to improve our understanding of the loves, loathes and lifestyles of our 21st Century dogs.