A certified veterinary assistant, technician and dog trainer 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:
Vincent has always had two passions in life: art and animals. They grew up always around animals, and have lots of happy memories holding armfuls of kittens and catching frogs out at the family farm every summer. After moving from Saskatchewan to Vancouver in 2019, they started to pursue a career in the film industry as a concept artist.
It became clear to Vincent that wasn’t where their heart truly was, and in 2021 they obtained a Pet First Aid certificate, thus kickstarting their petcare career. They didn’t grow up with many dogs, and originally wanted to specialize in exotic pets as they kept fish for several years and currently own a delightful corn snake. But after working with dogs they just fell in love and haven’t looked back. They gained experience at a busy dog daycare/hotel, then worked as a veterinary assistant for several months. They are always happiest when surrounded by lots of sweet doggy faces.
Vincent hopes to become a certified dog trainer in the near future, and still continues their art on the side. They are currently completing their Canine First Aid and hopes to begin her CPPDT soon!
Ivette was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Vancouver 25 years ago.
She loves to observe nature and specially animals in their natural habitat. She grew up with lots of pets like ducks, turtles, a snake, a cat and a dog and even a chameleon.
Her heart always warms up when she gets to hugs and pet animals and specially pet dogs and cats.
She likes to learn new things all the time there for her jobs have been of all sources from costumer service, 1st Aid Attendant, to tv performer, caregiver and professional driver, but she has always comeback to dog walking days outs.
She worked for a dog walking company many years ago and she fell in love with the experience. She is currently studying to get her Dog Training Certification and eventually Canine First Aid too.
She is so happy to have found Noelle’s Pet Love and be part of a team where there is nurture for dog and humans everyday.
Yuka is a dedicated and compassionate dog sitter and caretaker, bringing her expertise and love for canines to every interaction. Born in Southern Japan, Yuka’s passion for working with dogs has been a lifelong pursuit, ever since adopting her first of many dogs at the age of 8. Over 20 years ago, she made the life-changing decision to immigrate to Canada, where she has continued to nurture her bond with four-legged companions.
With over 20 years’ experience in dog caretaking, Yuka has developed a unique skill set in handling dogs with PTSD and other behavioural challenges. Her patient and empathetic approach helps create a safe and supportive environment for these special dogs, enabling them to heal and thrive. Yuka’s commitment to understanding each dog’s individual needs allows her to tailor her care and create personalized experiences that enhance their overall well-being.
Dad moved in with Noelle 10 years ago and has been working full time for her ever since. Dad is retired and able to help out lots at the house as well as handling much of the accounting and bookkeeping and pickups/dropoffs. (Dad was an accountant most of his working career). Dad played a very important part in helping encourage Noelle to become an animal lover as he didn’t put up much of a fight when Noelle continuously brought home stray cats and dogs and insisted on starting work at 12 years old so she could afford to buy a horse (with whom she spent most of her days and nights.) Dad encouraged Noelle’s passion for animals and her obsession with spending all of her time with them. Dad is especially fond of the wee dogs and usually has 4 or 5 of them on his bed at all times plus a couple in his lap while he watches TV.