Rachel is an animal behaviour clinician specialising in psychological trauma. Rachel’s first degree was in psychology, and she completed a Master’s degree in animal behaviour in 2006. Rachel went on to run a degree programme in applied animal behaviour, teaching students the theoretical knowledge for certification as clinical animal behaviourists and set up a behaviour clinic so that students could also gain practical experience. Rachel still runs a behaviour practice now but has also worked with children and adults who have experienced trauma for over 12 years. Until recently, Rachel ran trauma-informed therapeutic support services for children and adults who were survivors of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Rachel applies this knowledge and experience in her clinical work with dogs and delivers trauma-focused training to vet practices, rescues and other organisations. Rachel has a book about psychological trauma in dogs coming out later in 2021.

More information about Rachel’s work with dogs impacted by trauma can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/caninetrauma and the website for the behaviour practice is www.animalbehaviourconsultations.co.uk