Carol is a certified trainer who has worked both in the veterinary field and as a professional instructor at a service dog charity, where she trained therapy dogs, hearing dogs, and dogs for people with physical disabilities.
Originally hailing from Nova Scotia, Carol holds a science degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University. Her courses focused on behavior modification, learning and operant conditioning
After graduating, Carol went on to study Veterinary Technology at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus in Ontario.
As part of her final practicum, Carol was granted a fantastic opportunity to study at the Vancouver Aquarium. At VanAqua she was privileged to oversee and participate in the care and treatment of the dolphins, belugas, sea lions, and harbour seals, as well as reptiles, fish, and even marmosets!
Carol has spent many years in the veterinary field, most recently functioning as Director of Medical Services at Healing Paws Veterinary Care in Port Moody, B.C.
She was delighted in 2008 to be hired as an apprentice instructor at Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) in Burnaby. At PADS, Carol trained and placed assistance dogs for individuals with physical disabilities, hearing dogs for the Deaf and hard of hearing, and facility therapy dogs. She was also responsible for running puppy classes for PADS puppy-raisers, where she helped them in the daunting task of raising well-trained and well-socialized future service dogs.
Carol is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and is also a Certified Instructor in the Sport of Dog Tricks. Her dog Odin has achieved an Expert title in the sport.
Carol lives in Port Moody, B.C., and is now facing her most difficult training challenge of all – raising well behaved children!
Carol is an enthusiastic, positive, and gentle trainer who combines her knowledge of animal health with her experience in behavior modification.