Veronica began her career in the teaching field 20 years ago. A love of nature led her to a fulfilling career in environmental education where she helped share her passion initially in British Columbia, but then settling permanently in central Ontario. She has taught students of all ages from the young to the wonderfully young-at-heart. In 2008 Veronica decided to take her passion for teaching and combine it with her love of “all things furry” and changed the focus of her career to create a new life-long path in dog training.
She is a (honours status) Certified Dog Trainer graduate from Animal Behavior College. She regularly takes courses and seminars to continue upgrading her skills including canine massage, pet first aid, canine nutrition, operant conditioning, canine conditioning, and body language.
Veronica is a member of The Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT), as well as the Agility Association of Canada (AAC), Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), Canine Performance Events (CPE), and the United Kennel Club (UKC).
Veronica competes in dog activities including agility, dock jumping, rally obedience, and conformation. She currently shares her life with three Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers. Her 13 year old dog Sierra is a (retired) certified Therapy Dog who did regular visits at a local hospital as well as doing school and library visits with children. She has titled in conformation (UKC), agility (CKC, AAC, and CPE) as well as dock jumping. Drumlin is 9 years old and is also a certified Therapy Dog who is titled in conformation (CKC and UKC), agility (CKC, AAC and CPE), rally obedience (CKC), and dock jumping. The third member of the family is our youngest Mesa (2 years old) who will hopefully follow in the very big footsteps of the other members of the Zephyr Canines family. She is training in agility and rally and has already earned her conformation championship, as well as titles in Sprinter, Tricks, and her Canine Good Neighbour (CKC).