An experienced Essex veterinary nurse is looking forward to offering her behavioural expertise to dog owners across the region.

Angela Wheeler, a registered vet nurse at Cherrydown Vets in Basildon, has a keen interest in dog training and behaviour, and is now offering a bespoke service at the Linnaeus-owned practice.

Angela, who qualified as a vet nurse in 2002 and has worked in emergency and critical care, referral centres and busy primary care practices, said: “I’ve been a veterinary nurse for 25 years and always had a passion for dogs.

“A few years ago, I rescued a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross who has lots of reactivity issues and anxieties.

“So, while canine behaviour had always been a thought in the background for me, I decided to do something about it and five years ago I started puppy classes and completed a few short courses on canine behaviour.

“Then, three years ago, I started the COAPE diploma in companion animal behaviour and qualified last year.

“I am registered with COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT). I can help dogs with anxieties, phobias, nervous behaviour and lack of socialisation, which we see more of in lockdown puppies and Romanian street dogs brought to the UK.

“I can also help with leash reactivity and inter dog aggression in the household as long as not too severe, separation anxiety, and general puppy and juvenile behaviour advice.

“If a dog is nervous about visiting the vet, I can also help to desensitise them by slowly getting them used to coming in and getting treats, then working up to an examination.

“I also completed my ‘fear free’ training last year, so can help reduce stress and anxiety in veterinary visits and examinations.”

Angela is also looking forward to utilising her skills and experience as part of a unique role to help develop the next generation of vet professionals.

She has recently taken on the position of lead education and training, which will see her become a line manager for patient care assistants (PCA) and students at Cherrydown.

She added: “I am looking forward to progressing the students further in their roles and ensuring they receive the best support possible.

“I am also looking forward to being able to support our new PCA and ensuring she works to the best of her ability and is able to contribute well to the team. I would like all our students and PCAs to feel supported within their roles and develop within their chosen career paths.”

For more information about Angela’s dog behaviour work at Cherrydown, which also has practices in Wickford and Stanford Le Hope, visit

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