Dr Hannah Donovan

BSc (Hons) BVM&S MVetSci MSc (Clinical Animal Behaviour) MRCVS CCAB
RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour

Vet and Clinical Animal Behaviourist

DVBP Director

Since before she could walk, Hannah has had an exceptional interest and particular way with animals. Growing up around birds, rabbits, guinea-pigs, hamsters, gerbils, dogs, cats and horses, Hannah was often known to spend the majority of her time with animals. Hannah’s enthusiasm for understanding life from the animal’s perspective and her seemingly innate ability to communicate with them has driven the path forming a career where she enjoys working closely with animals.

Hannah graduated with a 2.1 Bachelor of Science Honours degree (BSc (Hons)) in Animal Science from the University of Leeds, UK, in 2006. She then went on to study for her veterinary degree, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) at the University of Edinburgh, UK, and qualified as a vet in 2011. During her time at the University of Edinburgh, Hannah also obtained a Masters of Veterinary Science in Canine Behaviour Research (MVetSci). She then worked as a mixed vet in Lincolnshire and during this time, completed a Master of Science in Clinical Animal Behaviour (MSc) at the University of Lincoln, UK, she graduated with distinction in 2013.

Since then, Hannah has worked in small animal practices in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, she has also travelled and volunteered around the world in clinics and shelters, and spent some time working in a large RSPCA hospital and shelter in Sydney, Australia. Hannah has worked as a veterinary surgeon since 2011 and has been seeing behaviour referrals simultaneously since 2013. Hannah has enjoyed providing continued education for vets and vet staff around the world about animal behaviour and how to improve handling and understanding during veterinary visits, rehabilitation of rescued animals or teaching young animals and preventing behaviour issues. Hannah’s aim has always been to improve animals’ quality of life and welfare by continually learning herself and teaching veterinary and shelter staff.

Hannah is an RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour, an ASAB (the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), an ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and registered Veterinary Behaviourist, a Full Member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors), a Committee and Certificated Member of the FAB Clinicians (Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians) and a Committee Member of the BVBA (British Veterinary Behaviour Association).

Memberships

ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB)

ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and registered Veterinary Behaviourist

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour

Full Member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors)

Director and Certificated Member of FAB Clinicians (Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians)

Committee Member of the BVBA (British Veterinary Behaviour Association)

Loni Loftus

BSc (Hons) Equine science, MSc (Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare) CCAB

Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Loni is an experienced Clinical Animal Behaviourist specialising in horses, cats and dogs, having worked in the field for 20 years. She gained her professional accreditation with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council via successful application to the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors for Full membership in all three species. She is also an ASAB Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) for dogs and horses and an ABTC Animal Training Instructor for Dogs. Loni is a Certificated member and Director of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Loni holds an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare with Distinction from Newcastle University and a BSc(Hons) in Equine science. She is currently a PhD scholar at Newcastle University studying the field of positive affective state in equines and is also a lecturer in animal behaviour and welfare at a number of UK universities. Loni supports Donovan Veterinary Behaviour Practice with cat, dog and horse behaviour cases.

Loni is actively engaged in research and is also an editorial board member and reviewer for a number of high impact animal behaviour and welfare journals. Her current research projects include equine positive affect, enrichment in equines, quality of life in equines, physiological measures of stress in equines, canine reactivity, frustration in horses, the impact of Covid-19 on companion animals, farrowing systems in pigs, piglet welfare and welfare assessment in cattle.

Memberships

ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB)

Full Member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors)

ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor

Emily Harvey

BSc (Hons) Zoology, FdSc CAS (Canine Assistance Studies), MSc (Clinical Animal Behaviour)

Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Emily has worked in the field of animal training and behaviour for the last 15 years. Since 2008 she has been employed in several roles within the assistance dog industry, firstly qualifying as a guide dog mobility instructor in the UK then working as a guide dog trainer in New Zealand, where she also became head trainer of New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust. Emily also volunteers as a trainer for Dog AID. Prior to this Emily worked as a Sea Lion trainer in Devon and spent time interning and volunteering at marine mammal training facilities in the US and UK.

In 2016 Emily gained the position of positive reinforcement training specialist at Guide Dogs UK and co-created and tested Guide Dogs’ first standardised dog training programme based on positive reinforcement. She now works as a training and behaviour consultant covering Scotland and Northern Ireland for Guide Dogs, as well as supporting Donovan Veterinary Behaviour Practice with dog behaviour cases. She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology and a Clinical Animal Behaviour MSc (with Distinction) at Edinburgh University. Emily is a candidate member of FAB clinicians and is pre-certified with ASAB where she is working towards her CCAB accreditation to become recognised as a certified clinical animal behaviourist. From a young age Emily has had a passion for all things training and behaviour and is particularly interested in applied behaviour analysis, cooperative care and choice-based training. She spends her spare time training her chickens, parrot, geese, dog and goats!

Memberships

Member of the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF)

Candidate Member of FAB Clinicians (Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians)

Natalie Light

BSc Zoology, PGDip PGCert (Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare) CCAB

Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Nat is an ASAB accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist, an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor, and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians & Professional Association of Canine Trainers. She has been working professionally in the companion animal sector since 2006 having studied Zoology BSc at University of Southampton and Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare PGDip at Newcastle University. Nat is the Director of Behaviour at PACT (Professional Association of Canine Trainers) and an Associate Lecturer on the Animal Welfare & Society BA Hons at University of Winchester. Nat supports Donovan Veterinary Behaviour Practice with cat and dog behaviour cases.

Nat's aim as a behaviourist and trainer is to help people understand their non-human companions by teaching them the subtle signals dogs and cats use to communicate how they are feeling. Nat believes that by focussing on the relationship that dogs, cats and their humans have, and encouraging effective communication, we can live much happier and more successful lives together. Nat lives in Hampshire with her 4 wonderful dogs; Gru, Mouse, Fish and Drax, seven adorable ducks, Dame David Attenborough the tortoise and her lovely husband Jason.

Memberships

ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) accredited Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB)

Certificated Member of FAB Clinicians (Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians)

ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor

Full Member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors)

Full Member of PACT (Professional Association of Canine Trainers)

Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Authority)


Ali Fell

BSc Psychology

Canine Training Instructor

Ali is a trainer who has been working with dogs for the past 20 years. She gained a BSc (Hons) in psychology from Sussex University where she studied animal social behaviour and how animals learn as part of her degree. Ali then went on to work in rescue at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for 10 years, undertaking various roles including temperament assessing, supervision of the kennel department and staff training and development. Ali has also worked as a mentor for the Kennel Club’s accreditation scheme for dog trainers as well as working and volunteering with several other rescue organisations.

Ali is a volunteer trainer and assessor for the charity Dog AID (Assistance In Disability) who help people with disabilities train their own dog to become a fully qualified assistance dog. Ali works as an expert advisor to several local authorities on dog-related matters, particularly relating to dogs around children in fostering and adoption. Ali supports Donovan Veterinary Behaviour Practice with one-to-one live online training for clients and their dogs, both for the Donovan Veterinary Behaviour Practice puppy parenting course and for training sessions within each dog's behaviour modification programme.

Ali is a full member of the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) and a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). She is currently studying and working towards becoming a registered clinical animal behaviourist. Ali lives in the South East and spends her spare time with her family and her two dogs, Bodie a black lab and Kima the Newfoundland.

Memberships

ABTC (Animal Behaviour and Training Council) registered Animal Training Instructor

Full Member of PACT (Professional Association of Canine Trainers)


Mr Alex Calam

MEng

Practice Manager

Alex has worked in the Engineering Sector since graduating with a Masters in Chemical Engineering at University of Leeds. Originally wanting to be a vet, Alex now supports his wife, Hannah in the day to day operation of the Practice. He has participated in a number of volunteering programs across the Globe, and with this knowledge and experience, Alex is constantly striving to offer a welcoming and efficient service.


Kerry Tomlinson

Administrator

Kerry has worked in the Veterinary Industry for 20 years. Initially working as a Veterinary Nurse and then Head Nurse before taking a side step to work as a Veterinary Receptionist.

Kerry has fostered over a 100 cats and kittens through local animal charities. At home she has 2 rescue cats, 2 rabbits, 3 budgies as well as 3 young humans.

Kerry forms part of the admin team, dealing with your enquiries and scheduling consultations.

Sarah Finlayson

BA (Hons)

Administrator

Sarah grew up on a farm in Caithness, in the north of Scotland. She studied Publishing at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and has spent her career as a technical author in Peterborough, Auckland and Edinburgh. Now that she’s returned to Caithness, Sarah has rehomed a collie pup called King.

Sarah helps behind the scenes in the office, dealing with your enquiries, scheduling consultations and keeps DVBP operating smoothly.


Our Methods

During the consultation, we identify the likely inferred underlying emotions causing the behaviour displayed by the animal. If the emotional-motivation behind a behavioural output is established and therefore changed, the behavioural output can subsequently be changed. For example, if a dog is barking at something due to fear, if the emotional-motivation underlying the behaviour (fear) can be changed, then the dog may stop feeling the need to bark, so the barking may stop. Sometimes, depending on complicating factors, work can also be done on the behavioural output (for example, the barking), but a significant amount of the time, the behavioural issue may change without the need for direct influence on that behaviour (barking), because we have managed to change the dog’s underlying emotions.

We use positive, reward-based training methods. We strive to remain up to date and maintain use of techniques focussed on science-based knowledge and research.

           

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