dr katie friel-russell

Dr Katie Friel-Russell BVSc (APDT) MRCVS’s Qualifications

Dr Katie Friel-Russell BVSc (APDT) MRCVS graduated from Liverpool Vet School in 2012. (After dreaming of becoming a vet since a small child!) Through studying it was obvious that animal behaviour was poorly understood. Both by the public and the veterinary profession as a whole.  This sparked a special interest in this area undertaking specific study in this area whilst at university.

Katie then worked in a busy small animal (dog, cat, rabbit etc) hospital in Norfolk for a few years. She greatly enjoyed preventative health care and working with animal guardians in consults. Investigation, diagnosis and treatment of unwell animals is the dream job but something was missing. Katie wanted to focus more in the world of behaviour and so progressed to the next stage.

To gain vital experience Katie also spent time working at a specialist referral practice with one of the countries top veterinary behaviourists. It was then possible to move back to her home county, Staffordshire and set up our Training Academy and PawSquad.

The Future

Katie is currently completing a thesis project having already passed the taught component at distinction level. Which will finish a MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour at Lincoln University. This MSc one of the most coveted levels of education in animal behaviour in the world. Katie continues to work on her education staying aware of the most up to date science. Continued Professional Development (CPD) is an active, on going process. This allows our training and behaviour work to constantly progress to always offer the highest level possible.

Within the next few years Katie plans to become CCAB and APBC registered.


Katie is an assessed, full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).  And is also a registered trainer with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). Both of these associations advocate force-free, science based training and she is proud to be a part of them. Joining associations with force-free ethos shows our dedication to the cause and therefore enables us to work with other like-minded professionals.


Katie undertakes training on one-to-one basis and group classes but also takes all of our specific behaviour cases. Katie really enjoys the Life Skills training as well as working with the same dogs, seeing them progress through levels of training!

Training seminars are one of Katie’s favourite activities! Educating people who want to learn, and helping improve animal welfare – what’s not to love?!


Katie is also our home visit Positive Pet Mobile Vet veterinary surgeon. Offering 80% of veterinary care which is available in practice within the comfort of your own home. This has been a long term goal, to set up a true low stress vet practice. Over years of working in traditional practices it was awful seeing how distressing it can be for some pets.

Veterinary work is aimed at improving animal welfare, but unfortunately during this sometimes welfare is compromise through stress. All treatment through Positive Pet Mobile Vet is low stress with the goal of animals ideally not noticing anything has happened. To receive vet care in your own home then please ring 07752 300999 or email info@positivepetmobilevet.co.uk.

Behaviour consults

Katie has seen many behaviour cases and consquently improved the quality of life hundreds of families and their dogs. If you feel your pet needs a behaviour case please contact us by calling 07785 800008 or email Katie direct on katie@positivepettraining.co.uk If you do require a behavioural consultation we will require a referral from your veterinary surgeon. As there are often medical components to behaviour it is therefore essential to see your pet’s medical history. To make progress we often have to work as a team between pet guardian, behaviourist and local vet.

Vets looking to refer a case please see our referral section.

Dr Katie Friel-Russell outside of work

In her spare time Katie enjoys playing the drums and going to the theatre. Katie also plays American Football for the Staffordshire Saxons Ladies team!