A little about me. I was born and raised in the town of Grafton, in Northern NSW, and my dream from when I was just a little girl, was to work with animals.
After finishing year 12, I moved to Brisbane to start working towards a career as a Veterinary Nurse. In 1997 I obtained a certificate in Veterinary Nursing and since then have gained 25 years’ experience in clinic. Along the journey of my working career, I have also run a dog and cat boarding facility for RSPCA NSW, a small retail pet shop, worked at a Zoo and also as an Animal Control Officer for council. I have been fortunate enough to gain a wealth of experience working with dogs in many different and sometimes challenging environments.
Having run puppy preschools in clinics, I developed a keen interest in behaviour and training. I started to obtain more experience in the field of dog training back in 2014 when a local trainer, specialising in Detection, Guard, Personal Protection and Medical alert (to name a few), took me under her wing and gave me a start in the training world. In 2019 I obtained a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through Delta Institute. Then went on to gain my Service Dog Coaching Certificate through Cooperative Paws in 2022.
I have two beautiful sons, one of which was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (level II), including panic disorder and anxiety disorder, when he was four years old. Raising this beautiful individual has given me a new perspective on life and an insight into what it is like to navigate the world when you have a disability. I decided that I would love to dedicate my work to helping people in the mental and physical disability health sector. My goal is to use their own canine companions to help support and enrich their lives. I am able to do this through my program which helps owners train their dogs for Assistance Dog work.
My business was first established in 2018 under the name “Paws on Board” and in 2020 when I changed my training focus to owner trained Assistance Dogs, we had a rebrand to “Pets Education Training Support” (PETS).
I am lucky enough to live on 5 beautiful acres in Swan Bay in the Northern Rivers of NSW, with my wonderful husband, two amazing sons and our myriad of pets. Included are my 3 dogs Vada (great dane) Finnegan Beginagain (English cocker spaniel) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (pug).