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.

About me

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