Understanding our Companion Animals:
Ethology, Welfare & Training
MARCH 2019


Dr Anne McBride

Anne has been a practising animal behaviour therapist since 1987 and was the senior behaviour counsellor at the Animal Behaviour Clinic at the University of Southampton which ran from 1998- 2009. She is a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and has lectured, internationally, on various aspects of animal behaviour and the human-animal bond.Her degree in Psychology and PhD on the Social and Parental Behaviour of the European Rabbit, were from University College London, several decades ago - she now is the proud owner of a Senior Railcard, and has given up trying to grow up! She has and continues to work as a trainer and behaviourist and ran the first qualification in the field of clinical behaviour at Southampton, from its inception in 1994 to the course closure in 2014. She is a Senior Lecturer and continues to teach applied animal behaviour and human-animal interactions at the University of Southampton, as well as being a guest lecturer at other colleges and universities in the UK and abroad. Her hobbies are cooking, eating, walking in the countryside, discussing life’s conundrums and laughing. Her favourite book is still Winnie-the- Pooh... full of fun and excellent life lessons. She has a particular interest in Small Prey Mammals, including rabbits, and in improving their welfare through education of those that keep them; no matter if as pets, lab or farm animals. 


Lucy Hoile

Lucy is a feline behaviourist living in Southampton with her young family. After completing a psychology degree in 2008 at the University of Southampton, and a PG Diploma and Masters Degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. Lucy has been practising as a feline behaviourist since 2010, helping owners to overcome their cat’s problem behaviours such as urine spraying, inappropriate toileting and aggression among others. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and an Animal Behaviour Training Council Registered Animal Behaviourist.


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Trudi qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1986 and after working for 17 years in mixed general practice, went on to study companion animal behaviour at the university of Southampton and became a full member of the APBC in 1999. She is also a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and a Certified Cat Behaviour consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Although having previously worked with both dogs and cats, feline behaviour and welfare has always been her primary area of interest and is now her sole focus. Trudi runs a feline behaviour referral practice covering the South West of England and has presented talks and contributed written articles and book chapters for various organisations including BSAVA, BVNA, as well as the APBC. Trudi is also the author of the soon to be published book Practical Feline Behaviour – Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare.

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Debbie Busby is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, one of only four equine specialists registered with the UK’s Animal Behaviour and Training Council, and is accredited by the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants as a Certified Horse Behaviourist.  She works with referring vets on complex equine behaviour problems, and provides expert witness services to UK courts. Debbie is regularly invited to write and present webinars, seminars and workshops
internationally on all aspects of behaviour, consulting and horse-human relationships, and is one of the panel members in the ‘Ask the Experts' section of Horse and Rider, the UK's best selling equestrian monthly magazine. She holds a first class BSc (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc with distinction in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare and is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, graduate member of the British Psychological Society, and member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Equine Behaviour and Training Association, UK Centre for Animal law (A-Law) and UK Register of Expert Witnesses. Debbie wrote the chapter on Equestrianism in the forthcoming book Equine Behaviour in Mind, edited by international welfare consultant and behaviourist Suzanne Rogers, and has co-authored a further book on equine behaviour and horse-human relationships, due to be published by Princeton University Press in 2019. Debbie uses her background in integrative counselling and psychology to help her clients understand and implement the changes that she recommends through her behaviour consultations, and she has adapted the Transactional Analysis model of communication for use with behaviour clients. Through her interest in the human element of behaviour consulting she works closely with Human Behaviour Change for Animals, developing educational resources and new reflexive working models to facilitate change and personal development. Debbie divides her time between the UK, Turkey and Jordan, where she researches horse training and equestrian pursuits situated in other cultures, and takes part annually in the challenging 6 day Wadi Rum desert trail ride in southern Jordan.


Dr Candy D'Sa

For the past 14 years I have been treating behavioural problems in dogs, cats and other companion animals. My experience, coupled with a sound scientific knowledge ensures that you and your pet receive a professional service.

As well as dealing with behaviour problems, I also assess pets whose owners wish to foster, adopt or mind children and need to meet agency safety requirements, or when local authorities have concerns about a dog's behaviour in the family home.  In addition, I am a court-accredited Expert Witness in both prosecution and defence cases, conducting behavioural assessment and breed identification of dogs whose owners are facing prosecution. I am based in east Hampshire and also cover parts of Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, London and the remaining Home Counties. For legal work my range is nationwide. My own pets include Scout, a yellow Labrador Retriever, Mister Ky, an African Grey parrot and Charlie and Woody, tabby domestic shorthaired cats.

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