A certified veterinary assistant & technician with a deep love for all animals.
Noelle hails from the Kootenays, and was brought up with animals — the usual horses, dogs, cats and rabbits as well as a variety of rodents. She spent most of her time in the barn or out in the fields with the horses and dogs — and even slept outside with them as often as she could, weather and parents permitting.
Noelle left the mountains to attend UBC in 1998, and graduated with a degree in Genetics, Animal Physiology and Nutrition (double major) in 2003. But animals were always her deepest passion so she later studied to be a Veterinary Assistant, then Vet Tech through online courses followed by practicum at local clinics. Noelle then completed her CPPDT certification (Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainer). Noelle is currently working on her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed).
History & Experience
Pet sitting since the age of 12, she has been providing full-time pet care since 2007, working at various veterinary clinics in Vancouver as an assistant and technician as well as through her growing private pet care business.
In 2010, Noelle decided to leave the clinic she was working at to devote all her time to her business — prompted by the huge demand from her clients. Now self-employed, and much more content, she works seven days a week and is never seen without a small herd of happy dogs at her side.
Meet the team
As a dog behaviour therapist for over 20+ years, Sandy Yates has worked with thousands of dogs, puppies and their owners in both Canada and her native Australia. Aside from the infinite rewards of rehabilitating dogs with behavioural issues and setting mischievous puppies on a path to being good natured and respectful family members, Sandy’s most important role is educating owners on how dogs view their world and how they communicate – both to us and with each other.
Sandy has been the resident dog behaviour expert on Global Noon News and Global Weekend Mornings since 2005.
She specializes in behavioural issues in adolescent and adult dogs, while her puppy training program is designed to prevent these very issues arising…. An ounce of prevention?
It really is worth it!
Videos Sandy featured on Global News Ask An Expert:
Kelsea’s love for animals started at the youngest of ages. Always having cats and critters in her household, she grew up knowing the full joy that furry family members bring us. Kelsea first started working with dogs when she got hired in 2010 as a commercial dog walker. Having little to no experience, she took to it like a duck to water.
She was in that role for 8 years before leaving to pursue a career in hair. Although she enjoyed being a full time hairstylist, she knew something was missing from her life.
In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and a rough couple of years for many, Kelsea was presented with the opportunity to work with dogs once more. She fondly describes it as Noelle’s Pet Love having come at the exact perfect time in her life. Now, she is able to share her love with not only her 2 cats and 2 dogs at home, but now so many more dogs through her work. Kelsea is currently completing her CPPDT (Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainer).
Nicole has been surrounded by animals her whole life – dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses. Dogs have always held a special place in her heart though. This was instilled by her first family dog at the age of 5, who quickly became her shadow. Every time Nicole traveled she managed to find a way to incorporate animals, her favorite experience was volunteering at Soi Dog in Thailand.
Prior to deciding to change her career Nicole was in Hospitality and Event Management but always knew that her true passion was to work with animals, in particular dogs. After moving to Vancouver from Australia she got the opportunity to finally follow that dream.
Nicole has her Canine First Aid and is currently completing her CPPDT.
Growing up Fiona always had a natural affinity for dogs, begging her parents each year at Christmas and every birthday for a four legged friend. It wasn’t until the age of 12 that her parents finally gave in and brought Molly into their lives, the sweetest little Yorkie and best friend a girl could ask for.
Fiona studied art and design in Dublin and pursued this path for the better part of her 20s, working in various fashion and graphic design roles in Ireland, the US and Spain. It wasn’t until she took some time out to travel and volunteer at a dog sanctuary in the mountains outside of San Diego in 2017 that she realised her true passion. Looking after 26 special dogs, many of whom were elderly, abandoned and abused, as well as cats, ducks and two hilarious goats for 2 months, was a truly fulfilling and life-changing experience.
Since emigrating to Vancouver from Ireland in 2019 Fiona has decided to fully pursue this path. She has 2 years of hands-on experience in a dog daycare environment, as well as private dog walking and dog-sitting experience, and hopes of soon starting her CPPDT.
In her spare time Fiona melds her 2 loves of art and animals doing commissioned pet pencil portraits, hand-poked tattoos, baking vegan treats, and firmly lives by the motto ‘dogs are better than people’.
A few woofs and meows from our clients, translated through the words of their owners!