Dr Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS RCVS Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine EBVS ® European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine
Sarah qualified from Bristol University and spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. She is an RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine. In 2018 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to the profession. Sarah is an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine at Liverpool University and also teaches on the veterinary undergraduate course at Surrey University. She is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme. She sees clinical cases across North West England. Sarah lives in Chester with 3 cats, Sami, Louis and Didi who were hand reared at Cats Protection Warrington and came to live with Sarah in 2017.
Dr Elizabeth Ayrton BVSc (Hons) MSc CCAB MRCVS
Elizabeth has been a vet for over 35 years in both mixed and small animal practice and, more recently, has studied for a Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University and is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and four Bearded Collies and likes walking the Lake District fells. She also loves photography especially taking action shots of her dogs. Elizabeth is also Breed Health Co-ordinator for the Bearded Collie, a role that sees her collecting and analysing health data on an annual basis. This role that has become more important as the Bearded Collie is on the vulnerable breeds list.
Carrie Tooley BSc BVetMed MSc PgCertVetEd FHEA CCAB MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner, Companion Animal Behaviour
Carrie qualified as a vet in 2012 from the Royal Veterinary College and spent three years in mixed general practice in Norfolk and Cornwall before deciding to pursue her interest in behavioural medicine. Since then, she has completed her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln and has become a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme. Carrie is currently training to be a European specialist in Behavioural Medicine under the supervision of Dr Sarah Heath and is part of the team that delivers the Behavioural Medicine component of the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science course. Carrie still enjoys working in small animal general practice and does this as a locum vet. Outside of work, rugby and paddle boarding take up the majority of Carrie’s time.
Dr Natasha Cocker BSc DVM MSc MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner, Companion Animal Behaviour
Natasha has always had an interest in behaviour and psychology, firstly completing a Science degree in Neuroscience in 2010 at the University of Western Australia. Following this she qualified as a Veterinarian at the University of Melbourne in 2014. After graduation Natasha worked in small animal practice in both Australia and the UK before completing her Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University in 2019. She is now an Advance Veterinary Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour, working part-time here at Behavioural Referrals, while also continuing to enjoy working in first-opinion practice. Outside of work Natasha enjoys most outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, camping and cycling. She also enjoys spending time with her cat Harvey who she has brought over with her from Australia.
Sharmini Julita Paramasivam is from Malaysia and graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 2008. She started work in small animal practice and moved on to zoological medicine practice for a few years before working as an academic at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey in 2015. She is currently training to be a European specialist in Behavioural Medicine under the supervision of Dr Sarah Heath, FRCVS and Professor Sarah Wolfensohn OBE. Sharmini has an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh and focuses her teaching on animal behaviour, animal husbandry and zoological medicine. Sharmini is based in Surrey and as part of BRVP’s Satellite Clinic, welcomes any behavioural referrals. She currently sees dogs, cats and rabbits cases but is also keen to see non-traditional companion animals like birds, ferrets and wildlife. Sharmini is very keen to improve the quality of lives of animals in captivity and believes that positive emotional health is key to achieving this.
Laura graduated from the University of Chester in 2012 after receiving a first class BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour. She is now studying for her MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University. Prior to working at Behavioural Referrals, Laura used to run dog training classes as part of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme, as well as working in a boarding kennels for a number of years. Now Laura is Head of the Rehabilitation Team and is responsible for implementing and modifying individual rehabilitation programmes for dogs, as well as writing and running the Positive Puppy Training Courses. Laura also implements the practical part of our DEIP course. Laura has a Hungarian Vizsla called Fern and a German Shorthaired Pointer called Bracken, as well as a large collection of reptiles and amphibians at home. Laura is also a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK 01222 and a registered animal training instructor under the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. Laura is also a member of the Dog Behaviour and Training Charter.
Isla graduated from the University of Chester in 2016 after undertaking a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. She then went on to achieve her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour with the University of Edinburgh. Prior to working at Behavioural Referrals, Isla worked in small animal, and equine veterinary practices, as well as a boarding kennels where she discovered her love of large breed dogs.
Emily has been a member of the Behavioural Referrals team since 2016. She has completed her Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration, and is currently completing her Level 3. Emily is our ‘Positive Puppy Training’ Coordinator, so will be there to support you throughout our puppy packages. As well as being your first point of call when contacting the practice, Emily also manages our social media platforms and is responsible for any campaigns/competitions that we run via these platforms. Emily has a Jack Russell X Border Terrier, who she has had since a puppy.
Simon Robinson-Stynes PG Cert VBM
Simon graduated from the University Of Liverpool in 2005 with an honours degree in Sociology & Social Policy. He has more recently studied again at the University Of Liverpool for his Certificate in Veterinary Business Management (Cert VBM). Simon has two Cats, Molly & Dolly, who live with him and his partner in Liverpool. Simon is an avid music fan and enjoys going to concerts and the theatre in his spare time.
Ellie graduated from the University of Chester in 2020 after undertaking a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour. Alongside completing her degree, Ellie qualified as an Explosives Detection Dog Handler and is working to create her own team of detection dogs at home. Prior to working at Behavioural Referrals, Ellie worked in a busy kennels that provided detection dogs for government agencies as well as private companies. Now Ellie is responsible for all medication related work at the practice, from ordering and dispensing medication to booking in medication reviews for your pets. If you have any medication queries that do not need to be answered specifically by your vet, Ellie will do her best to help you out.
Ellie has a Labradoodle called Django and a ginger cat called Lenny as well as a menagerie of chickens and a Lionhead rabbit at home. From a young age, Ellie has been a keen horse rider and has ridden and competed for the last 18 years, including representing her university in dressage, show jumping and as a civilian support rider for the Household Cavalry.