Qualified Dog Daycare Staff

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Canine Kindergarten Qualified Staff

Qualified Staff in Dog Daycare, Dog Training, Dog Grooming

Our Staff

Maxine Fernandez-Cert IV Dog Behavioural Training


I first started working with animals many years ago at the RSPCA, Yagoona. I developed a passion for dog training and especially behaviour and started offering puppy classes, which I did for many years. During this time I completed my Veterinary Nursing Certificate and Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training.

I was also lucky to have worked at the Veterinary Specialist Centre, in Sydney as a senior surgical nurse and completed my Diploma in Surgical Nursing. During this time I continued to run training classes and established CANINE KINDERGARTEN.

Owner of a a french bulldog named Evie.

I am currently studying  the Diploma of Canine Science and Technology through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI).

My qualifications include:

  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC™) instructor, accredited through the Delta Society of Australia
  • Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training
  • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
  • Diploma in Surgical Nursing

Amanda Maynard


Mandy is our very experienced dog groomer. She has been with Canine Kindergarten since it opened. Before starting at Canine Kindergarten, Mandy spent most of her working career as a qualified Veterinary Nurse.

After being a general practice Veterinary Nurse for 11 years, Mandy went on to work at the Veterinary Specialist Centre. Mandy was introduced to grooming whilst working in general practice, but has spent the last three years dedicated to dog grooming here at Canine Kindergarten.

Mandy recently completed a refresher course with the Grooming School in Newcastle to expand her knowledge and update her skills in styling dogs.

Mandy's canine family includes a Westie named Fergus McKenzie, a Havanese named Lola and Saffy the cat.

Emma Keyzer


Emma has been with Canine Kindergarten since August 2010. Emma holds a Certificate II in animal studies and is currently completing a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Studies.

Emma is Senior Canine Teaching supervisor and is currently owned by Chaos a Great Dane and a Boston Terrier named Punk.

Sandra Taylor


Sandra has been with Canine Kindergarten since January 2011 and holds a Certificate II in Animal Studies.

Sandra has previous experience at Paws-Up Dog Daycare Centre and Marrendale Kennels.

Sandra owns a black Labrador named Roger and a Burmese named Bailey.

Lucy Mitchell


Lucy has started with us again after a year of studying Vet nursing and working as a vet nurse in Melbourne.

Whilst she enjoyed nursing she would like to pursue a career in training.

Lucy has a cert 2 in Animal studies and will continue her studies in the animal industry.

Sophie Smith


Sophie has been with us since April 2013. She has a certificate III in Animal Studies and will begin studying a diploma of canine behaviour science and technology this year.

Sophie's fur family includes a 12 month old kelpie named Ammo and 2 ferrets!

Amy Callaghan


Amy is our newest member and has been with Canine Kindergarten since February 2014. Amy has completed Certificate 2 in Animal Studies while work at Taronga  Zoo and is also a qualified Veterinary Nurse and keen to purse further Animal Courses.

Amy has a 5 year old english staffy called Gidget who she loves to take surfing and she also has 2 exotic parrots which are an Eclectus parrot and a musk lorikeet who love to talk.

Sophie Byrne


Sophie has been with us since February 2014. She is currently studying Certificate IV-Companion Animal Studies.

Sophie has previously completed Certificate II-Animal Studies at Taronga Training Institute and plans to study Certificate III-Captive Animals in the future.

Sophie has two mini Fox Terriers named Pretzel and Rocky and an American Short Haired cat named Dizzy

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