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

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