Claire is a registered veterinary nurse with over 15 years' experience in a first opinion veterinary practice. Claire's passion for animal behaviour and emotional welfare has always been at the forefront of her career, attending numerous courses and conferences with experts in the field and mentoring from the leading behaviourists in the Bristol area. 

Claire is currently studying for a degree in Applied Canine Behaviour and Training through the University of Hull. She is a qualified Karen Pryor Puppy Start Right Instructor and Fear Free Certified Professional. She is currently working towards her goal of achieving Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) status with the Association for the study of animal behaviour. 

She lives in the North of Bristol with her 3 cats: Kizzy, Forrest Gump and Mango and her rescue Yorkshire Terrier Benji, who came with a range of behaviour issues. 

Claire has a keen interest in puppy and kitten behaviour and can provide the essential advice you need for those first few months and help with tricky training problems. 

She is passionate about helping those that are fearful of the vets, groomers and handling. Teaching both owners and their pets the right skills to participate in handling with us for essential procedures such as ear and eye drops, nail clips, vaccinations and blood samples. 

We can make your vet visits less stressful!

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Pets participate willingly in their own care

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Intergrated care alongside Veterinary Surgeons

  • Buzzer waiting system - no need for nervous patients to sit shaking in the waiting room! We can give you a buzzer so you can wait comfortably in your car or the nearby car park
  • Fear Free certified vets and nurses
  • Low stress handling techniques
  • Behaviour consultations: anxieties and fears, compulsive, elimination, agression, cognitive dysfunction, separation relted behaviours
  • Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medications (if required and in conjunction with a verterinary surgeon's assessment)
  • Referral to veterinary surgeons and chartered veterinary phyiotherapists for physical problems as needed 

Training 1-2-1

  • Puppy and kitten behaviour and training
  • Training issues for recall, loose lead walking and jumping up
  • Co-operative care training for handling, grooming and veterinary procedures
  • Litter tray problems

Your initial referral appointment with Claire will take place at Emersons Green Veterinary Surgery. You may go out for a walk using the park behind the surgery to do training in, so please bring any necessary equipment, like long lines, with you.

During the consultation Claire will review your animals history and problem behaviours, discuss diagnosis and treatment, or recommend further referral to a specialist in behaviour if required.

If your pet is fearful or aggressive upon arrival at the clinic please leave your cat or dog in the car and ask reception for a buzzer. When Claire is ready for you she will buzz you in and see you into the consult room.

There are a limited number of spaces in the carpark around the back, but please call if you are having trouble parking and we will direct you to a suitable parking place.

Please bring with you your dogs bed or blanket for them to relax on and LOTS of tasty treats like meat or cheese. 

Make a list of the points you would like to discuss and any videos of your dog doing the behaviours or additional footage you feel is relevant.