Kate's tips on how to bond with pets
I'M PRETTY passionate about animal care and behaviour, so when the opportunity came up to write a small regular column for The Daily Examiner, how could I resist?
I began my career in animal care as a vet nurse in Brisbane.
Having trained at university in music and arts management, it was purely by accident that I fell into animal care, but I loved it and it fascinated me.
I got involved with the RSPCA in Queensland as a foster parent and volunteer and quickly grew an interest in animal behaviour, so I enrolled to study a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society.
On completion of my studies, I taught puppy classes around Brisbane, provided in-home consultations for people who wanted to learn more about their dogs' behaviour and held information seminars for veterinary clinics and animal-interest groups before being offered a role with RSPCA Queensland Behavioural Trainer - the job of my dreams.
I worked in this role for many years, educating volunteers and rehabilitating many different species of animals, before leaving to start a family and eventually relocating to the beautiful Clarence Valley.
While taking some time out to raise our daughter, I became interested in further studies in behaviour and began a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
I now work at a local veterinary clinic part time and train local dogs on weekends at the Alumy Creek Reserve.
I'm excited to have an opportunity to share my thoughts and knowledge with animal lovers of the Clarence Valley and I hope I can enrich and expand the relationships you have with the animals in your lives.