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Get to Know Us

We are a team with a family feel - passionate about what we do and strive to be the best we can be. We are all insured, pet first aid trained and qualified. 

7 x Veterinary Nurses
4 x Qualified Puppy School Tutors
Degree level certificate in Applied Animal Behaviour (Cert AAB)
BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare
2 x ABTC registered trainers
Qualified PACT trainer
Compass Diploma in canine behaviour management
BSc in Animal management
ISFM Diploma in feline Nursing
Advanced Diploma in canine studies
Advanced Diploma in canine behaviour

Fear free trainer certificate

Canine cooperative care certificate
City & Guilds in Grooming 

Meet Jo Sutherland Cert AAB / VN

Co Owner of Pet-Professionals

Jo Sutherland is co-founder and joint-owner of Pet Professionals. She lives in Shoreham-by-Sea with her young daughter and their family unit is completed by a super clever rescue cat called Imelda May.  Jo enjoyed more than fifteen years as a veterinary nurse, most of which were spent in a veterinary referral hospital. She has been a Head Nurse and Head of Practice nurse clinics across multiple veterinary branches.  She qualified from Southampton University with a certificate in Applied Animal Behaviour in 2007 and worked as a behaviourist in veterinary practice for many years from then. In 2009 Jo co-founded Pet Professionals with Sarah. Since then, she has been running and expanding the company and working as a home visit behaviourist. A large number of veterinary practices across Sussex refer work to Jo and her reputation as a behaviourist and dog trainer is widely respected. She is passionate about preventing behavioural problems and therefore also runs Puppy Classes. In her private work as a behaviourist and dog trainer, she adopts best industry practice at all times, whilst embracing positivity and fun for both client and pet. Her holistic approach ensures long lasting results. Clients find their pet behavioural problems are resolved effectively and as a result build a deeper bond and rewarding relationship with their pets.  Jo is also qualified in cat, dog and small pet nutrition.  She attends annual CPD (continued professionals development) courses to make sure of offering clients the most up-to-date information and training techniques.  Her passion is for bringing pets and their owners closer together by helping owners understand their pets’ needs and meeting them in a way that’s works for both client and pet.  Jo and Sarah have together built a company that sets the standards that others in the pet care services aspire to and that professionals within the pet care world respect. Jo has previously provided all the services on offer from the company which always ensures that the training and protocols for our franchisees to follow are the best possible. Sarah and Jo are constantly working on improving and expanding their services and updating their already considerable knowledge within this field.  You can rely on being in safe hands with Jo!


Meet Sarah Treagus

Co Owner of Pet-Professionals

Sarah is co-founder and owner of Pet-Professionals and lives in Findon, West Sussex with her husband Richard, daughters Summer & Fern and son Leo. The family house is co-owned by Eurasier dogs, a Cavalier and Ragdoll cats. Sarah used to breed Ragdoll cats and as such has a vast amount of knowledge of cats and their needs.Sarah is also a Puppy School Tutor running puppy training classes in the evenings. Sarah has been (and still is) trained by Gwen Bailey – author of ‘The Perfect Puppy’, ‘Puppy School’ and ‘What is my dog thinking’. Please see is a registered animal training instructor with the ABTC. The Animal Behaviour and Training Council sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal training instructor. It maintains the national register of appropriately qualified animal trainers and animal behaviourists.Sarah is trained in Canine First Aid, canine and feline nutrition, and holds a Diploma in Canine Studies of which she passed with distinction. Prior to starting up Pet-Professionals, Sarah has nearly 8 years experience working in a large Veterinary hospital and managed a pet large store chain for 3 years.​Sarah offers Puppy School classes & private dog training.


Meet Ruth Hancock

Dog Walking, Grooming, Pet Taxi, Cat sitting & Mobile Clinic

Ruth lives in Worthing and owns a stunning Northern Inuit named ‘Susi’ – which is Finnish for Wolf! Ruth has worked in a large referral hospital for 6 years as the Animal Ambulance Driver amongst other things. Prior to this Ruth worked in a very respected Kennels and learned how to groom dogs to a high standard.Ruth has a Higher Diploma in Animal Behaviour and has done many animal courses at Plumpton Agricultural Collage to include City & Guilds in Dog Grooming, Animal First Aid and even sheep shearing!Ruth offers dog walking, grooming, mobile clinic, cat sitting & pet taxi.She can be contacted on 07969670004 or

Meet Karen Keen

Dog Walking, Home Boarding, Cat Sitting and Pet Taxi.

Karen lives in Ferring with her 3 dogs, a Labradoodle and 2 golden retrievers! She is an experienced dog owner and has completed courses is Pet First Aid as well as completing the Pet-Professionals training and behaviour course.Karen is fully insured and currently offers Dog walking, home boarding, pet taxi and Pet Sitting to our clients.She can be contacted on 07944 034569 or​Karens boarding license number is 111487

Meet Marina Marrison RVN

Dog Walking, Cat Sitting, Clinic

Marina has been a Veterinary Nurse for over 28 years and has had pets at home with her from the day she was born!She currently has a cat called Steve who was a rescue. Marina fostered him as he needed veterinary treatment and he never left! He is quite a nervous boy but very clever too, he can now do various tricks after he was clicker trained!Marina is available to do solo dog walks to give undivided attention, she can also walk 2 small dogs from the same household.She also offers pet sitting so can pop in to feed, make a fuss, empty litter trays, give any necessary medication and water plants. Marina can be contacted on 07595 762600.

Meet Vikki Golds

Dog Walking, Cat Sitting, Home Boarding, Pet Taxi

Vikki has been a friend of ours for a long time so we are super excited to have her onboard!Vikki is very experienced with animals, having worked with them for over 18 years. She studied for 4 years at Brinsbury college. For 11 years Vikki worked for an animal welfare charity as an animal rescue and welfare officer with wildlife and domestic animals. She has also worked on working farms and working farms open to the public as a barn supervisor!Vikki covers Worthing and offers dog walking, pet taxi, dog home boarding and pet sitting services. She can be contacted on 07920 482505 or​Vikki is fully licensed by the council to offer home boarding. License number LN/201900319.


Meet Jolene Doe

Dog Walking, Cat Sitting, Pet Taxi

We have known Jolene for quite a few years now having had her gorgeous puppies come through our puppy classes. Jolene is owned by 3 Huskies – Nanuk, Bolt and Zala. Jolene has a passion for Huskies and sled dogs and helps out with rescue and rehome where possible. She is incredibly experienced and we are thrilled to have her on our team.Since joining us Jolene has since added 3 Old English Bulldogges to her furry family – Enzo, Rocco & Vanna!Jolene is fully insured and pet first aid trained.Jolene covers Worthing and surrounding areas and offers dog walking, pet sitting and pet taxi services. Jolene can be contacted on 07427 688390.

Meet Melanie Hunt RVN

Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, Mobile Clinic, Pet Taxi

We are very lucky to have another friend and fully qualified veterinary nurse on our team!Mel joined us in 2015 and has been a very welcomed addition, she covers Lancing to Brighton areas for private dog walking, a mobile clinic for nail clips, dematting, medication administration and gland emptying. She also offers pet sitting for toilet breaks, feeding, litter trays, medication etc etc.Mel can be contacted on 07850431803


Meet Vanessa Tobias RVN

Mobile clinic, pet sitting, pet taxi

Vanessa is a long term friend of ours and a welcomed addition to the Pet-Professionals family!Vanessa is a qualified Veterinary nurse and lives in Shoreham with her family and pets.She covers Shoreham, Southwick, Steyning and surrounding areas and offers a mobile clinic for Nail clipping, dematting of fur, gland emptying, medication administering, cat sitting, pet taxi, puppy pop ins and private dog walking!She can be contacted 07788931213 or


Meet Rosie Upperton

Dog Walking, Home Boarding, Pet Sitting, Pet Taxi

Rosie brought her puppy Sparkie to our Puppy Classes a few years back and since then, our lovely dog walker Vikki has been walking him. It seemed a natural step to have her join our Pet-Professionals family.Rosie is fully insured and licensed by the council. She is undertaking our canine training and behaviour course and has completed her pet first aid course.If you would like to enquire about home boarding you can contact Rosie on 07717 852700 or She also offers dog walking and pet sitting!BOARDING LICENSE NUMBER: LN/201900105


Meet Hayley West

Dog Walking, Home Boarding, Pet Sitting, Pet Taxi

Team member Hayley has been a life long friends of ours since meeting at a vets years ago.We are thrilled to have her on our team offering dog home boarding, cat sitting and dog walking.Hayley is incredibly passionate about animals and a real asset to the team.She is fully insured, holds a pet first aid certificate and has attended our training and behaviour workshop.Hayley is fully licensed by the council to offer dog home boarding. License number 201900117.Hayley can be contacted on 07975 979600 or


Meet Kate!

Dog walking, Pet Taxi, Pet Sitting.

Kate has previously worked with animals for the past 6 years and has experience with many different breeds of dogs.
Kate is pictured here with the lovely Minty but at home she is owned by a gorgeous Staffie pup called Alba. We have watched Kate turn Alba from a worried little pup to a confident happy girl who loves to get stuck it. It's been a wonderful transformation to see!​Kate currently offers dog walking, pet taxi and pop in visits. Excitingly Kate is training to become an associate Puppy School Tutor, this means she is being training by UK renowned behaviourist Gwen Bailey as well as shadowing both Sarah and Jo in classes and one to ones. This means she will soon be able to run puppy classes and one to ones of her own.
She is fully insured and holds a pet first aid certificate. She has also attended our own Pet-Professionals workshops!
Kate can be contacted on 07745 902386

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Meet Sarah G!

Dog walking, Pet Taxi, Pet Sitting.

Sarah lives in Worthing with her husband, 2 children and her cat. 
Sarah has always loved being around animals and it is her goal to make them feel happy and safe so becoming part of the Pet-Professionals team only seemed natural. 
Having grown up with many pets over the years, Sarah volunteered at a nearby stables every weekend until her early teen years. Sarah has had work experience and volunteer roles at vets, kennels and catteries. 
Sarahs career ultimately led her to work in conveyancing but a re-evaluation of life post lockdown gave Sarah the push to pursue her dream career in animal care. 
Sarah has completed her dog first aid training as well as her training with Pet-Professionals. 

Sarah offers dog walking, puppy pop ins, cat sitting and pet taxi services. 

She can be contacted on 07591 238602.

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Meet Sue!

Mobile clinic, Solo dog walking, Pet Taxi, Pet Sitting.

Originally from London, Sue has lived in Worthing for over thirty years, She shares her home with her husband, Tommy the cat and Daisy the WestiePoo. Sue is a qualified veterinary nurse with many years' experience, she trained at the Blue Cross but has worked the majority of her nursing life in the same Worthing practice. Much as she has enjoyed the work, Sue feels the time has come to explore new ventures. Sue did have a break from nursing several years ago when she decided to return to full-time education and train to become a teacher. This was followed by several years in Special Educational Needs, but the lure to nursing was too great and she returned full-time in 2014. Sue has worked in all aspects of nursing but above all she enjoys interacting with owners particularly about her favourite topic, nutrition.  A few years ago, Sue studied for a certificate in veterinary nutrition and has certainly been kept busy chatting and planning diets for individual pets. Sue has owned numerous pets over the years including several different breeds of dogs ranging from Boxers, Lurchers, Whippets, Terriers down to Daisy her current dog. All of them have been rescued and have had very different pesonalities. 


Sue is a member of Worthing Rock Choir, which she absolutely loves. She also enjoys Pilates and being out in the open walking her dog.


Sue is available for solo dog walking, pet sitting, mobile clinics and pet taxi. Contact her on: 07854131932 or

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Meet Sarah K!

One to one training and classes

We are so thrilled to have, at last, another qualified dog trainer join our team who shares the same ethos, passion, kindess and thirst for knowledge that we do. Sarah lives in Worthing with her partner Sam and her rescue English Bull Terrier Prea. Sarah has trained and qualified with PACT- The professional association of canine trainers and is now an ABTC-ATI and registered with the ABTC . Sarah is also a certified Fear Free professional and her passion is to help alleviate stress and anxiety in dogs and cats (and their owners) when visiting the vets. Sarah see’s this on a daily basis and would love to help owners alleviate this stress. Sarah loves Canine Co-operative care and is almost ready to gain her level 2 certificate with Prea.Sarah is currently studying Behaviour and her end goal is to be a CAB (Certified Animal Behaviourist) like Jo!Sarah offers one to one training consults well as training classes and can be contacted on 07939 568723. 

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Meet Sarah!

Pet bereavement counselling 

We know how painful losing your beloved family member is, we have been there ourselves. Whilst not a franchisee, we have teamed up with a wonderful bereavement counsellor to offer support to those who would like it. Sarah is based in Shoreham-by-sea, where she offers face to face appointments in the town centre. Online and telephone appointments are also available. Sarah offers support through listening, offering her thoughts and observations from what she has heard. This can help to see things from a different viewpoint and make things feel clearer. Working with people Sarah looks to help with introducing a better balance into your life and realise your own importance. Working with several issues, such as anxiety, bereavement, caring, guilt, loneliness, overwhelm, relationships, stress. Sarah qualified at the University of Brighton as a Humanistic Counsellor. In practice she draws on theories that include person-centred, existential principles, and transactional analysis. Sarah continues to update her practice through attending courses, workshops, reading, and networking with other professionals. Having a background in working with carers and parents, Sarah understands the importance of being able to have space to think about how you are feeling. It could be that you have a difficult decision to make or coming to terms with a recent decision. You may have suffered a bereavement, or loss and it would be helpful to explore your feelings around this. If putting boundaries in place are tricky then it can be helpful to explore why, this can help to improve relationships and work through any feelings that may be getting in the way such as guilt, frustration or worry.   Sarah can be contacted on 07745528393 /

Meet Kym!

Cat / Rabbit & small animal pop ins and taxi service in Storrington

Kym is a Registered Veterinary Nurse with a BSc in Animal Management 
Kyms interest in feline behaviour began when she volunteered at the RSPCA Southall Cattery. This prompted her to begin her nursing career, specialising as a rabbit nurse and ISFM Feline Advocate before transferring to various large busy referral hospitals to develop her knowledge whilst study-ing for her ISFM diploma in Feline Nursing. Kym shares a house with a menagerie of furry, feathered and scaled friends and enjoys walking, reading and woodturning in her spare time. 
Kym offers pet sitting and pet taxi in the Storrington area and the surrounding 5 mile radius.​


Meet Anneka!

Dog walking, Pet Taxi, Pet Sitting.

Anneka lives in Worthing with her family and most importantly her labrador Summer.Animals have always been her passion and has worked with pets for many years. In the past she has worked at a pet shop and also a large Veterinary Hospital before becoming part of the Pet-Professionals family. She is fully insured, holds a pet first aid certificate and an enhanced DBS certificate.
Anneka can be contacted on 07834486792 or


Meet Pete!

Dog home boarding & day care

Pete lives in East Preston with his partner Kate who had previously worked with us at Pet-Professionals. They are currently pet free meaning we can now offer our clients exclusive use for home boarding if required. 


Peter was the co-owner / director of a Bulgarian street dog rescue charity "Twitchy Noses" fostering and re-homing abandoned and stray dogs across Europe and the UK. As such he has gained vast experience of working with extreme cases of animal neglect, malnutrition, illness and injury.

In 2010 he also set up "The Neuter Network"-  a UK registered Bulgarian charity providing free neutering to villagers who owned dogs and cats, as well as offering education of nutrition and health care of their animals. Peter is a certified dog first aider, licensed and insured dog boarder and day carer. License number 117436.


Peter can be contacted on 07552768416 or


Meet Anne!

Pet Taxi, Pet Sitting, Mobile nurse clinic 

We have a new team member! And now cover Arundel!

We are thrilled to welcome Anne to the team. Anne offers pet sitting, pet taxi and a mobile clinic service, she is also about to embark on a grooming course so that we can offer more clients dog grooming.

Anne is a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse meaning she can ensure your pets get the very best care.

We are luckily enough to have 7 veterinary nurses on the team now with a huge wealth of knowledge that supports the whole team if needed.

Anne has worked in small animal veterinary practice for the past 15 years in West Sussex .

Her favourite part of the job is getting to know patients and their owners and to offer them support and reassurance during, often, stressful times.

She is looking forward to looking after pets in their own homes, where they’re in a familiar and comfortable environment by offering pop in visits for feeding, cleaning, cuddles and medication.

Anne has a 9yr old rescue lab cross at home who enjoys muddy walks and wallowing in puddles!

Her hobbies include yoga and open water swimming.

Anne covers Arundel and surrounding areas and can be contacted on 07494 077325

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