Growing up among a menagerie of animals, made me fascinated with working out what makes animals tick. This culminated in my doctorate at the University of Birmingham in animal cognition and behaviour. I was particularly interested in how parrots learn about the world around them. Since then, I have been keen to put my findings to practical use atSecond Nature, by helping both animals and the people they live with understand each other better.

I am currently working towards accreditation as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist, with the only independent scheme in the country, run by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). I am also very happy to be a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), which means having gained the relevant academic qualifications, I am gaining the practical experience necessary for full membership.

I have published and given talks about how different animals think through a wide range of mediums, here and abroad. Previously, I gained a first joint honours BSc degree in Zoology and Psychology at the University of Bristol. In the past, I have worked with a range of animals in a range of environments - from training dogs for rehabilitation at the (R)SPCA in Hong Kong, to radio-tracking spectacled bears through the Andes.

Zoe Demery 2012