Meet The Team
Welcome to Canada Farm, we know that your pet’s welfare is of the upmost importance to you, it is for us too. That is why we employ ample staff to give our guests all the attention they need. You will see that all of our staff have been with us many years and have the experience and expertise to make your pets holiday a happy and enjoyable one.
Roger and I have always had a passion for dog and cats and in 1988 decided to purchase Canada Farm to run our own boarding kennels and cattery. We wanted to create an environment where we would be happy to leave our own pets, and yes we do leave our own dogs in the kennels if we are away.
After all these years, I still have a very hands on approach, splitting my time between administration, answering the phone, collecting and delivering pets and helping out in the kennels and cattery. I have wonderful, caring, experienced, qualified staff but I am always on hand for any extra help and advice when needed. After running the kennels and cattery for many years I am experienced with reading and dealing with cat and dog behaviour, I am good with aggressive or nervous dogs & cats, all forms of medical problems and medication, all aspects of bathing & grooming and training.
I have helped my wife run Canada Farm for over 20 years, and have lived and worked with dogs and cats for many more. I have attended courses at Battersea dog’s home in London for dog behaviour. I have competed in many dog training disciplines i.e. Obedience, Agility, and Working trials; I have a fascination for canine behaviour and human behaviour as I feel the relationship between man and dog is special.
It saddens me when I see dogs re-homed because of the owner’s lack of training and understanding. My mission is to help as many people and dogs as I can to attain greater understanding of each other.
I have worked at Canada Farm Boarding Kennels and Cattery since summer 2005. I was part time to start with, working whilst studying at Hadlow College. My first course at Hadlow College was a ‘National Diploma in Animal Management’ which was for 2 years. Then to further my education I continued studying at Hadlow to get a ‘Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare’. After completing these courses I become full time at Canada Farm.
I have attended a number of work experience placements which include Battersea at Brands Hatch, RSPCA at Leybourne, Chessington Zoo and Wildlife Aid in Surrey. I also enjoyed a 2 week South African field trip around game parks and animal sanctuaries, this was part of my degree.
I own a Beagle called ‘Dave’ and he loves spending days at work with me and even his 2 week holiday at Canada Farm. I wouldn’t leave Dave anywhere else as I know he get loads of attention and plenty of exercise.
Ever since I was young I’ve always wanted to work with animals. I learnt a lot about cat and dog behaviour growing up as my parents owned a lot of pets. I used to go to dog training and dog shows with my parents all the time and was fascinated by their behaviour.
When I was given the opportunity to do work experience at Canada Farm, in 1995 when I was at school, I jumped at the chance. After finishing school I was given a summer job at Canada Farm and since then I have never left. I have learnt so much more about dog and cat behaviour and have dealt with all different kinds of situations from aggressive dogs, bathing and grooming, dealing with nervous dogs, fussy eaters, medication etc.
As we are a small kennel and cattery, we get to know all our boarders by name and get to know their temperament so that we can give the best level of care possible. I own a blind little poodle and 3 cats and as a pet owner I know how nerve racking it is to trust somebody else to look after them but I can assure you that I wouldn’t leave my pets anywhere other than Canada Farm.
Since a young age I have always wanted to work with animals. In 2018 I started working here at Canada Farm Kennels. I started as a summer temp, but eventually I was given the opportunity to stay on full time.
Since then I have learnt so much and progressed within my role here at Canada Farm to senior kennel hand. Before working at Canada Farm I did an online course in Animal Management and some volunteering at Battersea cat and dog home, and now I am now studying towards my level 2 grooming qualification at Hadlow College. I also have a keen interest in gaining more experience and knowledge in dog behaviour and learning more about different breeds
I treat every dog and cat as if it were my own with loads of cuddles and affection. I love seeing the dogs enjoying their time here with us at Canada Farm playing, relaxing and also socialising with the other dogs whenever possible.
As long as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by animals. I grew up among dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and so many more!
It was obvious for me to have a career with them.
I possess a bachelor’s in animal physiology and a master in animal behaviour. I also followed a training course of animal husbandry, health and care.
I had the great opportunity to undertake several internships while I was at university: in a vet clinic with pets, in an equestrian centre and in a zoo to study monkey’s behaviour.
I started to work for Canada Farm in summer 2018, 6 months after I moved to England from France. I remembered that my first impression was extremely positive as the dogs and cats are really cared for. Most of them are regulars and sometimes it feels like they are our pets!
I have had personal experience with anxious dogs, and one of my goals working here is too make these anxious, shy dogs feel good and comfortable during their stay.
Ever since a young child, I have been drawn towards animals, and I have always felt most comfortable when in the presence of dogs. It was very clear to me, and others around me, that working with animals was the career path that I wanted to head down. I started working part-time at Canada Farm whilst I was completing my A levels. Once I finished school I was offered a full-time position. Since then I have managed to progress to kennel supervisor, and I am currently completing a level 3 course in animal care.
As we are a small kennels & cattery we get lots of time to spend one on one with the cats and dogs, and they get lots of exercise and cuddles. We get a lot of regular staying dogs and cats with us, which allows us to build up a strong relationship with them and it is very rewarding to see them gain their confidence and enjoy their time with us. A lot of the regular animals get excited to see us all when they turn up for their holidays!
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