Meet The Team

Learn about the team running our animal behaviour courses.


Alex is registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council as a Registered Accredited Animal Behaviourist and is also a Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and is an IASF Level 4 Certified Advanced Saddle Fitter and IASF Certified Level 5 Educator and Assessor and tutors on their accredited courses.

Alex consults under veterinary referral for more than 15 practices around the South East, consulting on complex equine behavioural issues. He often deals with ridden behavioural issues, mixing his understanding of saddle fit and equine ergonomics with behaviour to resolve complex referred issues.

Alex started his behaviour journey with the Natural Animal Centre, gaining the NAC EBQ Stage 1 and 2 before moving on to undertaking two degrees and gaining CHBC and ABTC-AAB. The content delivered within Stage 1 and 2 was second-to-none and was on-par the degree level programmes in terms of the applied behavioural science and consulting knowledge and understanding covered.

Alex also guest lectures ad-hoc for colleges and educational institutions, delivering sessions on animal training, learning and cognition.

Aliyah Woodland ABTC-ATI

Having been around horses all her life, Aliyah, first found her way into the equine industry volunteering as a trainee instructor at the age of 15 and has worked since that day in the equine industry.

From medical supervisor to yard manager through to senior instructor and trainer, Aliyah has worked in a variety of roles. Now almost 10 years later she holds diplomas in equine rehabilitation and management, has a distinction in Equine Psychology, is a graduate of the NAC and continues her work as a behavioural trainer and positive reinforcement coach (certified BRS Coach) in her freelance coaching business Equine Thoughts, which won Runner Up in the Centre of excellence ‘Best Business Award’ 2020.

As well as dedicating her time to her own clients and NAC, Aliyah works as an equine tutor delivering KEITS diplomas and alternative education provision in the Education Department at HEROS, which shares a centre with North Farm Stud where she studied herself back in 2017. During her years at North Farm Stud, Aliyah encountered a vast number of rehabilitation cases and thus how physical ailments can manifest in a wide range of behavioural symptoms and how - alongside a team of vets and therapists - these behavioural issues can be addressed to help horses and owners continue to lead comfortable and fulfilling lives.


Jane has had a life-long interest in animals, their behaviour and well-being. She has a Zoology degree, an M.A. in Education, and has completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton. Jane also has a research M.Sc. from Southampton in the same subject. Jane is registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and an Animal Training Instructor. Jane is a Full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC).

When not working with the NAC, Jane runs Athenae Animal Behaviour and is also a Trustee of the ABTC.

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