Mary and Faith assist our vets with their administrative duties at our head office and are usually the first point of contact for our clients when they phone or submit an enquiry. As well as manning the phones, they work ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure that our vets receive all documentation before initial consultations, communicate with referring vets and trainers, and manage client accounts.
Mrs Mary Sekuloski
Diploma of Business (Human Resources)
Veterinary Administrative Assistant
Mary is an experienced office administrator, with over ten years of experience working in a busy corporate office prior to joining us at Pet Behaviour Vet. She works in our office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Mary owns a bull terrier called Archie and an American staffordshire called Zara, both of whom are patients of Pet Behaviour Vet, so she completely understands what it’s like to have a pet who needs special help.
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Cert. Canine Studies (CCS)
Qualified Behavioural Trainer &
Veterinary Administrative Assistant
Faith is an experienced behavioural trainer and office administrator who works in our office on Thursdays and Fridays.
Early love for animals
Faith’s love for animals was evident from an early age with local strays finding refuge with her after following her home, much to her mother’s dismay. Most left once she located their owners but Raja, a well-tempered German Shepherd puppy would stay for many years. That home would later become a menagerie with rats, mice, lizards, chickens, ducks, birds, dogs, cats, a horse and a wayward possum that quickly ended up in a sanctuary (wild possums don’t make good pets). In 2000, Faith, her husband and their pet ferret, Zonk relocated to the USA and they eventually found themselves adopting another six ferrets.
Qualifications and Experience
Faith has over 20 years of reception and administrative experience in the areas of hospitality, advertising, technology and architecture in Melbourne, Sydney, Seattle and San Francisco. She studied an Associate degree in Arts and Science with a focus on Psychology and Criminal Justice, with original goal being to become a Criminal Profiler.
However, in 2005 she adopted a young, and extremely exuberant American Pit bull terrier who was not at all food motivated. She decided she needed to learn more about dog behaviour so she enrolled in the Certificate in Canine Studies program at the NW School of Canine Studies, under the mentorship of Cristine Dahl. The knowledge she gained certainly made her a better dog owner, and she also realized that she was passionate about helping other dog owners who were struggling to understand their dog’s needs. Six months later she had given up on her dream of working in the field of Criminal Justice, and instead found herself running a popular inner city dog-training studio in Seattle teaching dog training classes and doing one-on-one consultations. Her pit bull went on to become a therapy dog that participated in prison visitations and school vacation camps educating people on responsible dog ownership.
She volunteered at various dog shelters and worked as an adoption adviser, in the process adopting two more high-energy breeds. In 2010, after completing the required 300+ training hours and obtaining professional references, Faith sat the comprehensive 4hr exam to become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Continuing educational requirements must also be met yearly to maintain her CPDT-KA status.
In 2011, Faith relocated to San Francisco and took a break to give birth to her baby and spend time hiking around California with her dogs. After losing all three of her dogs to age related health issues, she decided it was time to return to Australia. After returning to Sydney she completed Susan Friedman’s vigorous 3-month course, ‘Living & Learning with Animals’ in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She also completed Michael Shikashio’s, ‘Aggresson in Dogs’ mentorship.
Faith is a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE) and professional member of APDT USA, APDT Australia, the Professional Pet Guild and a supporting member of the IAABC. She continues to stay up-to-date on all things pertaining to canines and behaviour through seminars, workshops and webinars. She is currently working on obtaining her certification with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).
Faith lives with her husband and young son. She shares her home with two goldfish: Kyoga and Harry Potter. She is a passionate bibliophile, enjoys dabbling in the stock market, loves getting lost in a good book, working in her vegetable garden, and catching up with friends.