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Dr. Zoe Demery

Zoe Demery

Growing up among a menagerie of animals made Zoe fascinated with working out what makes animals tick. This culminated in her doctorate at the University of Birmingham in animal cognition and behaviour. She was particularly interested in how parrots learn about the world around them, but applied her work to a range of other animals too.

Zoe has lectured on exotic pet behaviour to veterinary nurse and animal behaviour students.  She has also published, taught and given talks on how different animals think through a wide range of media, in the UK and abroad.  She helped grow 4-Legs-Good CIC into the social enterprise it is today.  Previously, she gained a first class joint honours BSc degree in Zoology and Psychology at the University of Bristol. In the past, Zoe has worked with a range of animals in a variety of environments - from radio-tracking Spectacled Bears through the Andes, to working out the emotions of lab rats, to training dogs for rehabilitation at the RSPCA in Hong Kong.

Since then, Zoe has been keen to put her findings and experience to practical use by helping both animals and the people they live with understand each other better.  She started Second Nature Behaviour in 2015 to more effectively support all manner of companion animals and their caregivers in and around Birmingham.  At the same time, Zoe is actively involved with organisations expanding the field of clinical animal behaviour.  She is moreover passionate about mentoring colleagues, educating veterinary staff and advising local rescues.

Zoe is a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), independently accredited by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). Zoe is proud to be on the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians committee.  She is a registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC).

Zoe is herself currently looked after by a Jack Russell-cross and two parakeets.


Maggie Karuga

Maggie Karuga

Maggie has been managing the Second Nature office since 2015. She loves being a listening ear to anyone with pets with behavioural issues; offering support and at least some consolation over the phone. But more than that, she loves hearing their success stories. Maggie is a pet lover and a mum of two boys. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, photography and is currently studying part-time for a Masters degree in international development. She also believes she is a good dancer.


Jacqueline Braggs

Jacqueline Braggs

Jacqueline has always been fascinated by human and animal behaviour. Starting with humans, she specialised for 20 years in consumer insight, working across a number of industry sectors, in the UK and internationally. Then, over the last seven years, she has turned her focus to animals, studying how our pets' individual behaviours are shaped by their unique personalities, emotions, and the environment in which we live. 

Jacqueline has an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour (Distinction) from the University of Lincoln.  She also has an Advanced Diploma in the Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (RQF Level 5) from COAPE.

Jackie is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, which means she is an ABTC registered animal training instructor. She is also a Candidate Member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians. 

Jackie is our resident cat expert and available for virtual consultations.


Victoria Kingsman

Victoria Kingsman

Victoria is a trainer qualified with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and holds a MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour (distinction) from the University of Lincoln. This is one of only three current courses in the UK validated by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) to eventually become a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB). She is a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), which means she has the relevant academic qualifications and is now gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership.

Having shared her life at one time or another with everything from cats and dogs to horses, she knows how stressful it can be when things go wrong, so Victoria is passionate about helping clients live in harmony with their pets again.  

Victoria is mum to an American bulldog crossbreed and aunty to a cockerpoo and border collie.


Sandra Raw

Sandra Raw

Sandra Raw has enjoyed many years of working with both cats and dogs on vet referral in Worcester. She always takes a holistic, pragmatic and positive approach to training and behaviour so that all the dogs she supports can live in the real world. After many years of attending world class animal training courses, a desire to know more was achieved. In 2018 Sandra completed her Masters degree in Anthrozoology at the University of West of England. An ambition to join the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors was achieved in early 2019 as a provisional member, which means Sandra has the relevant academic qualifications and is now gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership. Further study under the mentorship and guidance of Dr. Zoe Demery is hoped will realise her final ambition to eventually become a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist. She is also excited to have joined the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians.

Sandra loves cooking and reading, but is hugely passionate about conservation. She is a lead trainer with an anti-poaching dog team who protect Rhinos in South Africa. She visits the team three times a year and advises other anti-poaching teams on tracking and scent work.  She takes part in dehorning practices to save these amazing animals with vets from around the globe. She is married to Neil, who also is an avid supporter of Rhino protection, and together they recognise it is an honour to protect this species. Sandra hopes her training and behaviour knowledge makes a difference in giving a longer future for these incredible animals. 


Megan Richardson

Megan Richardson

Megan has always known that she wanted to work with animals and she has always been fascinated with animal behaviour and training. When she experienced her own dog having behavioural problems she realised that she wanted to pursue a career as an animal behaviourist, so that she could help others with their own animals' behavioural difficulties.

Megan has years of experience working in a variety of different types of animal collections, especially in boarding and rescue kennels and catteries. This experience has brought about a passion for animal welfare as well as for behavioural rehabilitation.

Megan has graduated from Harper Adams University with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and has gained pre-certification with the ASAB. Alongside being an assistant at dog training classes, Megan is currently gaining supervised experience with the aim of gaining accreditation as a CCAB in the future. She is part of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians.


Victoria Stockley

Victoria Stockley

Victoria has a BSc (Hons) and an MSc (merit) in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln. She worked as a veterinary nurse for several years before specialising in behaviour. She is experienced in training dogs, cats and horses, and has a special interest in reptiles.

Victoria is a Candidate Member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians.

 

Jo Welch

Jo Welch


Jo Welch has been awarded a
MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln. Jo is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, so she is a registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council

As she is committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions  to clients’ dog behaviour and training needs, Jo regularly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development by attending seminars and keeping current on all relevant scientific literature. 

Jo is a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, which means which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications she is gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership.  She is also working towards her CCAB accreditation under Zoe's supervision.


Chris Wills

Chris Wills

Chris Wills has a Masters degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which he achieved in 2017 from Newcastle University. He has 10 years experience working with dogs and is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. Chris is a Candidate Member and a crucial subcommittee member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians. He provides a lot of the follow-up support for Second Nature clients.


Sara Valverde

Sara Valverde

Sara qualified as a vet in 2014 from the University of Évora (Portugal) and spent the last four years working in small animal practice in the UK. Sara had always an interest in behaviour since being a student at the University and often enrolled in multiple seminars. In 2018, she started her Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University and in 2019, she started following behaviour consultations with various mentors, aiming to eventually achieve the Certification in Clinical Animal Behaviour (CCAB) under the ASAB accreditation scheme. She is a Candidate Member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians.

Outside of work, she loves to spend time with their family and friends and travelling. She also enjoys cinema, listening to music and go to the gym.