Problem pet solutions is owned by Claire Francis RVN, BSc (Hons) PG Dip CABC
Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC)
Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC)
Member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA)
Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, University of Southampton.
BSc (Hons) Animal Biology and Conservation, University of East London
Registered Veterinary Nurse, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire
Claire has successfully been running her own pet behaviour consultancy between London and Sussex for over 10 years. She keeps up to date with new theories and techniques by attending workshops and seminars as a strict requirement of maintaining her accreditation. Claire works one day at week at Brighton based veterinary clinic Beech House to maintain her veterinary knowledge of current practice and medications that can be used in conjunction with behavioural plans for your pet.
Claire has also worked as a consultant behaviourist for the R.S.P.C.A where she assessed the dogs and cats helping them to cope in kennels in addition to smoothing out any behaviour issues they may be having to ensure they can find the right home.
Claire has worked for various veterinary and animal welfare charities over the last 20 years. She has been fortunate to work with domestic animals as well as wildlife such as big cats, primates and bears. She also appeared on Animal Planet, which showed her training a bear for a dental examination and chest presentation using a stethoscope.
Why its important to choose the right behaviourist !
Anyone can call themselves a behaviourist as the animal behaviour and training industry is currently unregulated. There are lots of people offering services that have taken part in a few weekend workshops on animal behaviour or an online course without proper understanding of dog and cat behaviour. Alarmingly there are still people advocating punishment methods which can cause not only pain and distress but long lasting damage and create a more aggressive pet. If you are unsure about what methods may be right for your dog then you can find more information here Dog Welfare Campaign.
An accredited behaviourist should be registered on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) or Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) websites as they have had to study to a high level often post graduate degree and provide evidence of practical work history. We are then subject to regular checks to ensure that our knowledge is up to date by providing certificates of attendance from conferences, seminars and workshops.