Meet Katrina JohnsonRVH Dip Inst Dog Trainer, City & Guilds Exotics Certificate
Kat has spent the majority of her working life at Scarsdale Vets, and is based at our Park Farm practice in Allestree.
Alongside being a Registered Qualified Veterinary Nurse, her qualifications include:
- Diploma holder for dog trainer
- Diploma holder advanced dog trainer
- Diploma holder for dog to dog aggression
- Diploma holder for dog behaviour
- Associate member of KCAI
“I started helping with Scarsdale Puppy Classes in 2006, and really enjoyed the experience.
To help me improve my knowledge, I enrolled in a behavioural diploma course in 2007. This was the catalyst for me becoming the dog trainer/behaviouralist for Scarsdale Vets. I realised how important the training methods used have a direct influence in our dog’s behaviour. I decided this was the path I wanted to take and be able to offer a up to date training/behavioural service for our clients.
A lot of our clients enjoyed our training classes and wanted to continue some fun training after they had completed our obedience course. So, I was asked to offer another form of training course.
Agility was extremely popular at the time but tended to be competitive based with winning the main goal.I personally, did not want to go down this path, but realised agility was a great way for people and their dogs to bond and have fun together. I attended a weekend workshop in March 2010 to learn how to safely use agility equipment and run small agility courses.
These have been extremely popular with our clients.
Dog training/ behaviour is an on-going learning process. So, over the years I have continued to attend varies webinars, seminars and training events, to improve my knowledge and keep up to date with the latest scientific methods of training and behavioural modification programs.”
Outside of work Kat loves spending time with her family, especially her granddaughter. She also has a houseful of pets that include 3 cats, 2 dogs, a rabbit, hamster and a variety of birds!
Areas of clinical interest
- Dog behaviour
- Cat behaviour
- Dog training