Professor Peter Neville - Senior Tutor

Adjunct Full Professor, Dept of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University, USA. (2009 – present) Clinical Professor, Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of Miyazaki, Japan. (2009-11). Peter Neville is a founding Partner of COAPE and is a lecturer and speaker in high demand at veterinary, behaviour and training meetings around the world. [MORE]


He established the behaviour referral clinic at the Department of Vet Medicine, Bristol in 1990 and has been in practice for the treatment of behaviour problems in pets for over 25 years.


Author of the best-selling books: ‘Do Cats Need Shrinks?’ and ‘Do Dogs Need Shrinks? Peter is independent companion animal behaviour consultant to Purina.


Peter helps run 'behind the scenes' special safaris with top South African wildlife veterinarian Dr Peter Brothers observing the behaviour and studying the ecology of African wildlife, especially the African Wild Dog and the big cats Brothers Safaris also run amazing dedicated veterinary safaris, which are registered for veterinary CPD requirements.


For information about companion animal behaviour practices run by Peter and his Associates  visit


Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor BVetMed DipCABT MRCVS - Senior Tutor

Robert Falconer-Taylor successfully passed his COAPE Diploma in 2002 and has since become Veterinary Consultant to COAPE and one of the three tutors on the COAPE Diploma course, as well as being the author and tutor of several other COAPE courses. He qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1981 and first went into mixed veterinary practice and then into exclusively companion animal practice. [MORE]


Robert has also spent time in industry as a management consultant and IT specialist and as a trainer to the veterinary and allied professions.


He joined COAPE as a partner in September, 2008 and moved to the Highlands of Scotland in 2009 where he currently devotes most of his time to education, lecturing in UK and abroad, writing, consultancy work for the pet industry and animal welfare.


For information about companion animal behaviour practices run by Robert and his Associates  visit


Catherine Burniston VN, DipCABT (QCF Level 5)

Catherine grew up on a farm and animals (especially dogs and horses) have always been her passion. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1998 and worked in small animal practice for a number of years before teaching and tutoring students in level 3 animal care related subjects. She then worked at the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition as a supporting veterinary nurse and training dogs, cats and pet care staff. [MORE]

Catherine has worked for herself as a COAPE certified animal behaviourist (QCF-level 5), since completing the COAPE Year 1 Diploma in 2009 and Year 2 in 2013, at distinction level. She provides behaviour consultations on veterinary referral, one-to-one training and puppy and juvenile training classes, as well as talks on dog behaviour problems (and workshops on canine first aid). 

After having twins, she worked for the charity Pet Blood Bank UK as a phlebotomist, whilst building a career for herself as a pet behaviourist having completed the COAPE year 1 Diploma in 2009, then later in 2013 was one of the first students to achieve the year 2 level 5 qualification.


As well as 2 ponies and various small furry pets, Catherine owns 3 dogs including a terrier and Hungarian Wirehaired Vizslas which she has bred and shown for over 10 years. One of her puppies led her to build a working relationship with the charity Medical Detection Dogs where she has become a part-time puppy trainer and regularly carries out talks and events to support the charity.


Professor Ray Coppinger - UK Tutor

Professor of Biology at the School of Cognitive Science at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, USA until 2006, Ray Coppinger has studied dogs, bred dogs, raced dog sled teams in the Arctic and worked with dogs for decades all over the world. He is also a consultant to the famous Wolf Park, Indiana, USA. [MORE]


Along with his wife, Lorna, he is co-author of the must-have book, ‘Dogs - a startling new understanding of canine origin, behaviour and evolution’.


Indeed, Ray and Lorna have developed the modern theory of how dogs evolved by natural selection. The most consensus view is that people domesticated dogs but the Coppingers question that. By investigating dogs in places like the Mexico City dump they gather information to support their argument that dogs evolved as one of the all time successful scavengers.

Dogs wild behavior is that of a village scavenger, but often dogs like those living off ecosystems such as the Mexico City Dump have their behaviors shaped by the environment they find themselves in. Humans adopting dogs from these background sources have continued to shape them further into diverse forms making them on the one hand the most successful wolf ever known and on the other hand something interestingly bizarre.


Ray brings together all his amazing experiences and life’s work as a professional scientist to explore the emotions, intelligence and development of the behaviour of animals in his courses with COAPE.


Lorna Coppinger MSc - UK Tutor

Lorna Coppinger majored in Slavic Studies at Boston University, and earned her M.A. in biology at the University of Massachusetts. While their two children were growing, Lorna published many popular articles, mostly about dogs, and when Ray began training and racing a team of sled dogs, she followed with pen and camera and wrote the first (and award-winning) comprehensive book on sled dog racing. [MORE]


As a co-founder (with Ray) of the Livestock Guarding Dog Project in 1977, Lorna began fifteen years as research associate/outreach specialist at Hampshire College. She and Ray have studied working dogs throughout the U.S. and Europe. They imported dozens of guardians for a breeding program for the U.S., and credit these specialized breeds with providing the spark for their subsequent ethological research.


Lorna has written numerous technical articles for the scientific journals, but the most fun for both authors has been distilling two lifetimes spent in professional and personal association with dogs in their 2001 book, Dogs.


Trixie Howard RVN DipCABT DipNut - UK Tutor

Trixie qualified as a veterinary nurse at the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1996 and has since worked in a variety of small and large animal practices in the UK and Australia. She completed her Diploma in Nutrition in 1999, and qualified as a veterinary nurse assessor and trainer in 2002, spending several years in teaching, training and assessing VNs.  [MORE]

In 2009 she completed the COAPE Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) foundation course in 2010.


Trixie now runs her own pet behaviour and training consultancy, including 'Puppy Life Skills' socialisation classes, and referral behaviour clinics for the Coastway Veterinary Group for their 7 practices in Sussex.


She also heads up the COAPE Vet Nurse Behaviourist team at Nestle Purina assessing dogs for the pets at work 'Passpawt' scheme, is occasionally involved as a legal expert witness  and give talks and writes articles on various aspects of companion animal behaviour.


Jo Jackson - UK Tutor

Jo qualified as a VN in 2003 and has since worked in 2 large first opinion and referral practices as both a nurse and behaviour counsellor and also as a locum nurse. [MORE]

Jo holds a Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care Currently and works as an emergency and critical care nurse at Leeds Emergency Vets, and privately as behaviour counsellor and trainer by veterinary referral, seeing both dogs and cats. Jo tutors COAPE's Certa Level 3 Award in Canine and Feline Behaviour Management in Veterinary Nursing.





Maria Kojs DipEd MEd DipCABT - UK Tutor

Maria holds a Master’s Degree in education and has worked for most of her life as a teacher and senior manager in schools. She has spent time researching on, and supporting, aspects of literacy, and additionally, has spent time as a schools’ inspector. [MORE]


She successfully completed her COAPE Diploma in 2008 and now works to nurture our students’ skills and help develop their knowledge and understanding of the many facets of cat behaviour. 


Since 2009 Maria has been involved in helping to shape our Think Cat! course, including the marking of students’ work and the planning and development of the units as we continue to keep our work relevant and up-to-date. She also marks the Feline Case Study set in the second year of the COAPE Diploma, and undertakes additional research for COAPE on various topics relating to animal behaviour.


 In the past, Maria has helped present courses for discussion and validation and sees her educational background as a valuable support in all aspects of her work within the COAPE family.



Corrine Lisle - UK Tutor

Corrine runs a busy and rapidly expanding pet business called ForPaws that now has a staff of 9. ForPaws incorporates training classes, behaviour services and general pet care for dogs and their owners in Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire. [MORE]


Corrine initially qualified as a City & Guilds Level 3 dog groomer and left a career as an IT coach in 2011 to launch ForPaws as a pet grooming business. She went on to develop the training and behaviour side of her business after attaining her COAPE QCF Level 4 Diploma with Distinction in 2013.  She is currently completing the COAPE QCF Level 5 Diploma.


Corrine is also is an educator for FPPE (Family Paws Parent Education) offering advice for expectant parents to help them prepare their dog for their new arrival and manage pets and children safely together. She is a member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and also sits on the committee of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers.


Lizzie Malachowski MSc. BSc. Dip. CABT. RVN - UK Tutor

Lizzie completed the COAPE Diploma in 2008 and has been working as a pet behaviourist in the East Midlands ever since, providing behavioural referrals or several veterinary practices across the region. Lizzie offers one-to-one consultations and puppy life skills courses.  [MORE]


Lizzie has also been veterinary nursing since 2002 in both first opinion and orthopaedic and neurology referrals and still enjoys nursing part-time alongside her behaviour business.  After a small stint working in rescue, Lizzie travelled to South Africa to volunteer in a wildlife rehabilitation centre before completing an MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln in 2014. As well as companion animals Lizzie has a special interest in conservation and specifically lion social behaviour.


Lizzie has two dogs, a cat and a tortoise and enjoys working trials and dog-led activities.


Alison Rengert RVN DipCABT

Alison is a registered veterinary nurse with 23 years experience, working with small animals both in veterinary practice and in pet re-homing centres. She gained her COAPE Diploma in 2011. She is currently establishing a behavioural training practice for both cats and dogs, but focussing on the assessment and treatment of feline behaviour problems. [MORE]

She is currently establishing a behavioural training practice for both cats and dogs, but focussing on the assessment and treatment of feline behaviour problems.


Alison has expertise in training and quality assurance gained through six years employment as an external verifier for the RCVS awarding organisation Level 3 Diploma in Veterinary nursing and RCVS regulatory officer to awarding institutions delivering degree level qualifications in veterinary nursing.



Jo Scott RVN, QTLLS, DipCABT, CABP, MAPDT 205 - UK Tutor

Jo graduated with her COAPE Diploma in 1999 and was one of the first Diplomats to qualify as a COAPE Association Behaviour Practitioner with the launch of the Association in 2005. Jo worked for Cedar Veterinary Services for 25 years, initially as head nurse and then from 1994-2008, as a full time professional referral pet behaviour therapist and dog trainer, latterly at their Canine Care Centre. [MORE]


Jo then achieved her teaching qualifications whilst working full time as Course Tutor in animal behaviour, animal care and veterinary nursing at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester, Dorset. She has recently combined all her qualifications by returning to practice for Springbok Veterinary Group in Dorset where she is Principal of the South Coast Hydrotherapy School, Behaviour Therapist and trainer, and covers as a nurse when required.  


Her puppy socialisation groups were one of the first in the country to be attached to a small animal veterinary surgery, and her canine behaviour rehabilitation classes helped set the standard of best practice in this challenging field. 
South Coast Hydrotherapy school offers courses in hydrotherapy, water management and animal first aid with more to come. 


Jo is a member of the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT). She also writes books and articles on companion animal behaviour and lectures regularly outside the College for COAPE and for companion animal interest and veterinary groups both at home and overseas. Jo spends the rest of her time with her family and growing menagerie of dogs, cats, ferrets, ponies and her beloved horse.



Lisa Webb MA (Oxon) ACMA CGMA DipCABT - UK Tutor

Lisa's background is as a Chartered Management Accountant and she held senior finance and management roles for over 10 years in PLCs in the Aerospace, Automotive and Marketing sectors, both in the UK and overseas. Lisa has provided mentoring, coaching and professional development support in a number of areas including small business development consultancy as well as in her corporate roles. [MORE]


Her passion for dog behaviour started in 2005 when she adopted her first two greyhounds from rescue and embarked on a steep learning curve to help them overcome a long list of behavioural difficulties. Within six months she found herself in the voluntary role of Regional Homing Officer for the Midlands and North West region of Greyhound Rescue West of England, learning how to assess, rehabilitate and rehome sight hounds from all different backgrounds. This rapidly expanded to working with other breeds and charities and with the completion of her COAPE Diploma, Lisa took the step to change her 20-30 hours-a-week 'hobby' into a career and now runs a busy companion animal behaviour referral and training practice.


Lisa continues her voluntary work alongside this with general support to a small number of mixed breed rescues and as a Behaviour and Homing Advisor for GRWE, providing volunteer and kennel staff training as well as running a number of specialist behaviour rehabilitation spaces, usually occupied by one or more of her favourite bull lurchers!


Lisa has two 'permanent' greyhounds of her own, with the remaining house space taken up by a variety of different foster dogs as part of their rehabilitation programmes while in rescue.


Andrzej Klosinski MA DipCABT - Eastern Europe Tutor

Andrzej holds a master’s degree in human psychology and worked for many years as a professional psychotherapist in Poland. As a result, he developed a great interest in the human-companion animal bond and began studying, and then working as a companion animal behaviour therapist in 1999. He successfully completed his COAPE Diploma in 2005 and duly qualified as a COAPE practitioner in 2007. [MORE]


Andrzej treats feline and canine behaviour problems on a daily basis, as well as lecturing on animal behaviour and presenting seminars on behaviour therapy throughout Poland. He is consultant to Purina and Ceva Animal Health in Poland and also writes regularly for the leading Polish dog magazine, Moj Pies, and for veterinary magazines and journals. He is widely consulted by the Polish media on companion animal issues.


Andrzej established his Behaviour Practice in 2000 and now, together with his partners, offers a wide range of both practical and theoretical education programmes in Poland, many of which are also available for students anywhere in the world who wish to study in Polish. Their course range includes licensed COAPE distance Learning courses and the residential COAPE Advanced Diploma which was first presented in Poland 2008 with huge success.

For more information about COAPE Poland visit


Karin Pienaar (Landsberg) DipCABT CAPBT Practitioner CertCAB - South AfricanTutor

Karin has been working in the field of animal behaviour and behaviour therapy in South Africa since 1997. She completed her Diploma in Animal Behaviour in the UK, through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) and is a qualified Practitioner member of the CAPBT in the UK and South Africa. [MORE]


She worked as a Behaviour Practitioner for 9 years in Cape Town, but then moved to Johannesburg in 2007 where she, along with her business partners, established the highly successful COAPE SA along with its sister business – ThinkingPets.


After 17 years of consulting, Karin’s main focus now is presenting the COAPE Diploma and tutoring students, but when she has a spare moment she still enjoys helping clients with feline and canine behaviour problems although her passion now is her Feline Behaviour Practice. Karin is one of only two Practitioners licensed internationally to offer COAPE’s courses. In addition to frequently appearing on Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk, she is also part of the “Animal Talk” radio team. She writes for Animal Talk, Cat’s Life and several overseas magazines. Karin is also contracted to Eukanuba as their Behaviour Specialist, presenting seminars across South Africa.


For more information about Karin visit


Wendy Wilson DipCABT, CAPBT SA Practitioner, CertCAB, Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner

Wendy has been involved in the training and showing of dogs for the past 20 years. However, she has made a career out of animal behaviour since 2006. [MORE]

Wendy holds the OCN UK accredited Diploma through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology and is a qualified Practitioner member of the CAPBT SA. She is also a Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner and qualified canine obedience and clicker training instructor. 


Wendy relocated to Langebaan in the Western Cape in May 2011 and consults with clients for one-on-one training and all aspects of canine and feline behaviour problems as well as lecturing and tutoring the COAPE Diploma she writes for Animal Talk Magazine.


Wendy joined COAPE SA and its sister business, ThinkingPets, first in 2007 and became a member of the company in 2010.