I am the owner of MegaStar Animal Behaviour. My name is Vicki Harrington. I have wanted to work with animals since the age of 6 years old when my family got our first dog, a brown and tan Dobermann (pictured above). Her Kennel Club name was Mega Star.
While at school in the holidays, I gained work experience in a number of Veterinary practices in my area and had a Saturday job in a Pet Shop. When I left school at 16, I left home to take a position as a trainee Veterinary Nurse and qualified in 1995.
After attending a series of seminars in 2000 on Companion Animal behaviour I fell in love with the subject and decided to take my studies further. In 2004 I completed a Level 3 Diploma with COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology). Since 2004 I have been a member of the CAPBT (COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers) and I have been running behaviour clinics alongside my job as a Veterinary Nurse.
In 2005 I became the Head Nurse at Hook Norton Veterinary Group. In 2017 I stepped down from that position to concentrate on behaviour work.
In 2013 I decided to take my studies in Companion Animal Behaviour even further with COAPE and I completed the Level 4 Diploma in 2014 and Level 5 in 2016.
Courses I have attended and credits I have obtained as a result of marked assessments.
Certa Level 5 Diploma in The Practical Application of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (RQF). Provided b COAPE. 84 Credits at Level 5; Distinction Pass, regulated by Ofqual - 2015-2016
Certa Level 4 Diploma In The Principles of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (QCF) Provided by COAPE. 84 Credits at Level 4; Distinction Pass, regulated by Ofqual - 2013 to 2014
COAPE Advanced Pharmacology NOCN (National Open College Network) 12 Credit Points at Level 3 - 2008
COAPE Talk Dog an Intermediate Award in Understanding Canine Body Language and Facial Expression - 2006
Alpha Think Dog Practical Course - 2005
COAPE Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour NOCN 13 Credit Points at Level 3 - 2003 to 2004
BVNA (British Veterinary Nurse Association) Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour - 2000
For more information on COAPE (Centre for Applied Pet Ethology), visit thier website by clicking the link below
I feel it is important to remain up to date with current research and techniques as research in the field of animal behaviour and the way animals learn is an on going process. There are still many things about the animal brain (and human brain for that matter) we do not know and researchers and behaviourists are developing new techniques all the time.
I have listed below the Seminars I have attended.
Current Research in Companion Animal Behaviour (Canine and Feline) - Lincoln University, November 2014
Hosted by Professor Daniel Mills & Helen Zulch
The Human Family in Companion Animal Behaviour Consulting & Training - CAPBT 2014 Conference. Andrezej Klosinski
Dogs & What They Can Do. Professor Daniel Mills. CAPBT Conference May 2013
EMRA Update. Professor Peter Neville & Robert Falconer-Taylor BVetMed. MRCVS. CAPBT Conference - May 2013
Crucial & Cutting Edge Concepts in Dog Training. Dr Ian Dunbar - May 2013
Let's Talk Nutrition - CAPBT 2014 Conference. Val Strong MSc
Environmental Enrichment for Cats - CABPT 2012 Conference. Dr Sarah Ellis
Best Practice Strategies in Practical Aspects of Working with Companion Animals - CAPBT 2012 Conference
Cracking the Code: Deciphering Feline Behaviour. University of Bristol - February 2012
Dog Law for Professionals. Trevor Cooper, Solicitor - February 2012
Predicting & Preventing Adolescent/Adult Problems. Dr Ian Dunbar - July 2010
Training with Clickers (Hill's Nurses Essential Guide to Puppies and Kittens Seminar). Sarah Whitehead - November 2007
Emotions, Intelligence and the Behaviour of Dogs: A Biologist's Perspective. Professor Ray Coppinger - September 2005
Cognitive Dysfunction Seminar. VetPlus. Sarah Heath - November 2005
Puppy Training and Behavioural Problems . Dr Ian Dunbar - May 2000