Why Choose PetMind?

When people advertise as a "behaviourist" it is difficult for you to understand what this means and what training that person has. By choosing PetMind you can be assured of the following:

  • PetMind Clinician Laura McCarthy is accredited through the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour as a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) - this is the highest standard achievable for behaviourists. Laura is the only CCAB in the Aberdeenshire area and one of 4 in Scotland currently. Laura is also a full member of the Association for Pet Behaviour Counsellors (ABPC) and Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). The APBC provide a code of conduct and external complaints procedure.

  • Laura has a First Class Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Master of Science degree (distinction level) in Clinical Animal Behaviour.

  • Services are offered for multiple species (dogs, cats and birds).

  • Advice is based on the latest scientific evidence. 

  • Work is conducted closely with vets.

  • Most clients will be able claim on their pet insurance for behaviour services.

About Me

Laura McCarthy

Clinical Animal Behaviourist

Laura McCarthy (and Inca!)
BSc (Hons) Zoology, CCAB
MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour

I have always had a love of animals and have spent the last 14 years working in some manner with both wild and captive animals. I have volunteered at wildlife rehabilitation centres internationally and have a wide array of training experience, including with birds of prey. I moved to Aberdeenshire in 2007 to start her Zoology degree.

Following on from this I worked as an Environmental Scientist and Marine Mammal Observer on the North Sea. 

It wasn't until I got my own dog Inca (and started experiencing trouble) that my education turned to companion animals. In 2017, I completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln.

I have shared my home with many animals over the years - Great Danes, Jack Russell Terriers, Deerhounds, Chipmunks, Gecko's, Ferrets, Cats and Falcons. Currently I live with Inca (German Shepherd) and Kizzy (Cypriot rescue) who are lively and keep me on my toes!

 

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