Certified Trainer: Frankie Jackson

Frankie recently emigrated from the UK where she had been working as a behavior consultant for a veterinary practice. She attended the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where she received her bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a focus on evolutionary psychology. During her degree she spent some time at The Wildheart Trust helping to provide appropriate enrichment for big cats rescued from the illegal pet trade.

Frankie is a Certified Behavior Consultant through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an advanced behavior certification requiring hundreds of documented behavior consulting hours and a comprehensive exam.

After graduating she began working in a veterinary practice and became a registered veterinary technician with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013. During her 13+ years working in veterinary clinics she has continued to focus on animal behavior, attending conferences and lectures to stay up-to-date with current theories and practices.

She used this experience to help reduce the fear and anxiety felt by pets in the clinical environment and began offering behavior consultations alongside her medical appointments. She also worked in a speciality veterinary hospital for two years, allowing her the opportunity to learn more about the structure and physiology of the canine brain, and how injuries and illnesses can influence behavior.

In 2018 she studied under Dr. Sarah Heath and achieved her Nurse’s Certificate in Animal Behavior, which allowed her to dedicate more time to behavior and training. During the 2020 lockdown, she used the opportunity to study and complete online courses in obedience and puppy training, feline behaviour and behaviour-modifying medications.

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