Rebecca at Sandhole Veterinary Centre


Becs has been obsessed by dogs and animals in general from a very early age.  Her first dog Honey, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, joined her family when she was just 5 years old.  Becs always wanted to work with animals and was lucky enough to get the opportunity when she was 19, getting a trainee veterinary nurse position at a practice in Folkestone, Kent.  

She completed her training and became a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2004.  This was also the year Becs spent 6 weeks in Borneo volunteering for the Orangutan Foundation UK and was lucky enough to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.

Rebecca and dogs

Throughout her veterinary nursing career, Becs was always interested in behaviour and how mental health affects our pets and their healing.  She started volunteering for Sevenoaks and District Dog Training as an instructor in 2007.  Being very impressed with the trainers reward based training methods and wanted to learn more about these methods and how dogs learned in general.

In 2012, Becs completed a Companion Animal Behaviour and Training diploma.  Becs put what she learned into her everyday veterinary life, from handling animals and respecting their limitations to running puppy classes for the practices she worked with.  She also gave advice to clients on training and behaviour problems they might be having.

Now Practice Manager at Sandhole Veterinary Practice in Snodland.  When not in the office Becs can be found running the Puppy School course and Youth Club groups (adolescent dog classes).  She has also helped set up social clinics for patients that struggle with the veterinary environment, helping them build in confidence and reduce the stress of coming to the vets.

Rebecca on heKemsing downs

Becs loves teaching people and watching the amazing relationships grow between dog and owner through force free, bond based training.  She also has a passion for teaching others to understand dog’s emotions and how these affect behaviour, especially in the veterinary environment. 

Becs has given presentations at a number of veterinary CPD events on this to veterinary nursing professionals.

In her spare time Becs favourite pass time is walking her canine family.  She loves nothing better than walking for miles watching them be dogs and enjoying life. 

She also has a keen interest in agility and trains both Willow and Percy on a regular basis (Briar is now retired).  And was lucky enough to qualify for Crufts 2017 with Willow in the Crufts Novice Agility Cup.  Her very special little girl gave an amazing performance and came away runner up. Not bad for their first Crufts experience.

Rebecca and Percy dog, pub garden