Speaker Biographies


Professor Dick White - BVetMed PhD DSAS DVR FRCVS

Professor Dick White is the founder and principal of specialist centre Dick White Referrals. He is regarded as one of Europe's leading small animal soft tissue and cancer surgeons. During a 25 year university career he taught surgery to more than 1,500 veterinary surgeons - this means that today about 10% of all vets working in the UK were taught how to operate by him. He specialises in all aspects of small animal 'soft tissue' surgery and is an American, European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He is also one of a small handful of RCVS Specialists in Veterinary Oncology in the country and has been made an Honorary Member of the Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology in recognition of the contributions he has made to the field of small animal cancer management.

Trevor Cooper

Trevor Cooper has been a solicitor for over 25 years specialising in 'Dog Law'. He is an expert working specifically in this complicated and niche area of the legal world. He covers both criminal and civil cases within the whole of England & Wales, able to advise on a wealth of canine related issues such as dog custody, cruelty and attacks. His legal firm; Cooper & Co Solicitors is based in Kent.

Dr Jacqueline Boyd - BSc (Hons) MSc PhD PGCHE FHEA MSB

Dr Jacqueline Boyd is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University with diverse teaching and research interests relating to animal science (parasitology, cryptobiosis, performance animal biology and anthrozoology). Jacqueline holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology (Parasitology), a MSc in Animal Nutrition, a PhD in Genetics and a PGCHE.  In addition to her academic background, Jacqueline has worked with production animals (dairy, beef cattle, pigs, game birds) and a range of domestic species, notably dogs and horses.

Sarah Fisher

Sarah Fisher is a Tellington TTouch Instructor and has worked with a wide variety of animals for almost twenty years.  She trained in the USA with Linda Tellington Jones and she now works with private clients and teaches workshops in the UK and abroad for members of the public, professionals and re-homing centre staff.  Sarah is the author of two books, Unlock Your Dogs Potential and Know Your Horse Inside Out and has also featured in the TV series 'Talking to Animals' plus many more.

Stephanie Ellis - PGDip BSc(Hons) RVN MNAVP

Stephanie Ellis is a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist and Veterinary Nurse. She specialises in fitness training and conditioning for dogs. She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists based in Warwickshire, which was formed over 25 years ago by highly skilled practicing animal physiotherapists. Their aim is professional practice of veterinary physiotherapy and to ensure that the highest standards of physiotherapy care are delivered to animals.

Claire North - BIPDT 1st grade Hons

Claire North is one of the Lead Training Instructors at North K9. She has been dog training since 2002 and holds a First Grade Honours Instructors Certificate from the British Institute of Dog Trainers. She has competed regionally and nationally in flyball and trains dogs regularly in advanced obedience, field trials, scent work, tracking, and search and rescue work, her dog is also a certified Pets as Therapy dog. She offers private consultations and one-to-one dog training throughout West Yorkshire.

Hannah Michael - BSc (Hons) MSc ACPAT

Hannah is a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist and Director at Theakston Physiotherapy Services in Yorkshire. She works to provide animal physiotherapy for dogs and horses after having initially qualified as a human physiotherapist. She studied at the Royal Veterinary College in Hertfordshire and now works with veterinary approval or referral to ensure that each patient is treated appropriately and to the highest of standards.

Toni Shelbourne

Toni Shelbourne has worked with domesticated and wild canids for over twenty five years. After a long and successful career with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, she started her own business as a Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner. In 2001 Toni took to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust were she meet a pack of socialised wolves and went on to work with them for over a decade as a Senior Wolf Handler and Education Officer for the organisation.  Through observing the wolves so closely she has a unique insight into their behaviour. 

Angela White - KCAI Fellow (BehA CDA ObA)

Angela is the author of nine books with more in the pipeline.  She has been instructing for over 30 years and has been a guest instructor in numerous countries.  She runs IABTC and has an Open College Network (OCN) Validation.  IABTC operates from Angela's own purpose built training centre and specialises in offering courses for instructors, behaviourists and dog training enthusiasts.

Jane Hanshaw - Dip CABT, KCAI (CDA BehA)

Jane is a KCAI Regional Mentor for the North-East, COAPE Practitioner, lecturer, on-line TV presenter, behavioural consultant and hands-on dog trainer.  She has a background in working gundogs and an absolute passion for helping people understand just what makes these dogs tick.  You don't have to take up shooting if you own a gundog but you most definitely have to give it a job! 

Gina Pink - KCAI (CDA HTMA Ob)

Gina is a KCAI Regional Mentor for the South-West and South-Central England. She has been competing in Heelwork to music since 1996, and teaching it nationally and internationally for the past 10 years. She first competed at Crufts in 2006 and in 2007 won the Crufts Heelwork to music class with her dog Tapper. Since then she has Captained Team GB in Denmark where they brought home Silver and Gold medals. 

Version suitable for printing

Copyright © The Kennel Club Limited 2016. The unauthorised reproduction of text and images is strictly prohibited.