Meet the Team

Joanna Clough (Founder) was in sales, marketing and promotions prior to retraining as a vet nurse. Whilst working in the companion animal industry she realised that there was a need for pet industry and private individuals to be able to understand and give a higher standard of care to the animals they are looking after or own. With extensive experience training in both Australia and New Zealand Jo is thrilled to be able to bring her expertise to the NZ market.

In 2014 she started researching dog bites in New Zealand and it is a goal to reduce the number of dog bites in New Zealand through education.

Jo Clough

Laura Purkis (Founder) is qualified in Pet First Aid and Canine Care & Behaviour and is currently sitting her degree in Canine Behaviour & Psychology. She has experience in assisting owners in the care and behaviour of their animals of all ages. She is  a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand (APDTNZ).

She currently runs course with her dog Keira and is training Kai to be the next superstar.

Laura Purkis Keira & Kai

Michelle Irwin (Head Office) is a qualified Vet Nurse who has nearly 17 years experience in the animal health industry.

She is the person who will most likely answer the phone if you call us and can help you with any questions you have.

Michelle Irwin


Diana Scott (Queenstown & Southland) is a dog massage therapist and currently studying for her Animal Acupuncture Therapist qualification. Diana feels that being a pet first aid instructor just feels like a natural step with what I do every day. Making sure our four-legged family members are happy and healthy.

Flip Collins (Queenstown & Southland) competes in Dog Agility and is a Dog Trainer based out of Queenstown. She currently has two dogs, Alfie a Cavoodle and Jack a rescued Beardie.  Flip is a member of the APDTNZ (animal pet dog training New Zealand) and the founder/instructor of the Queenstown Dog Agility Club. She regually compete in dog agility around the South island and believes in training safe, keeping your best friends safe and having fun! 

Josie Williams (Nelson Bays) is a qualified vet nurse. Since qualifying Josie has worked in some very busy small animal practices where I got a keen intesest in animal behaviour and emergency medicine, especially ones involving poisons. She will be teaching course with the help of her gorgeous dog Kayjan.

Linda Guirey (Auckland) is an experienced Veterinary Nurse, Award winning Speaker, Trainer, Facilitator & Award Winning Author. She currently instructs courses with the help of her little dog Cheech.

Linda Guirey

Megan Young: (Hawkes Bay) is a qualified Pet First Aid and Human First Aid Instructor, Vet Nurse & Human Sport First Aider.  She currently instructs human first aid for the NZ Red Cross and privately covers sporting first aid events, mainly for martial arts and has a strong interest in dog obedienceShe currently instructs courses with the help of her dog Mia.

Megan Young

Nadine Steele (Bay of Plenty) Has qualifications in Animal Care Science and is qualified in Pet First Aid. Nadine is currently the Shelter Manager for the Waikato SPCA and instructs pet first aid and dog safety programs. In her spare time she competes in dog sports with her Border Terriers. She currently instructs courses with her dogs Luke and Paddy.

Nadine Steele

Nick McIndoe (Auckland) When Nick became a qualified Kids Safe With Dogs and Pet First Aid instrctor, it fulfilled a lifelong dream - to help animals and to help people better understand their pets and how to help them. Passionate about animal welfare and care, Nick is a trainee vet nurse, with qualifications in animal care and zoo keeping. Nick will be teaching courses with the assistance of the adorable BenGerman Bear "Benny"