Dr Hannah Donovan

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

Vet and Clinical Animal Behaviourist

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 a provisional member of the APBC, working towards becoming a full member and is a committee member of the BVBA. To become a member of the APBC and then maintain it, it involves a lot of in-depth hard work and case-study reports, there is also a minimum amount of CPD that needs to be completed annually.


RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour

Provisional Member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors)*

Committee Member of the BVBA (British Veterinary Behaviour Association)

*Hannah is a Provisional member of the APBC which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications she is gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership

Mr Alex Calam


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.

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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