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PUBLISHED: 12:07 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 25 August 2010

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A LEADING dog trainer has been chosen to use her skills to educate the world on animal welfare.

A LEADING dog trainer has been chosen to use her skills to educate the world on animal welfare.

Jackie Murphy, 48, has been appointed Ambassador of Great Britain to the International Society of Animal Professionals (ISAP) fighting to promote the most humane ways to work with animals.

Ms Murphy, of Central Avenue, Gravesend, is a leading canine and feline trainer, lecturing at Crayford Adult Education centre and as a distance learning teacher. Her high profile roles led the new association to approach her about the role. She said: "There are not many adult education centres that offer teaching in dog training, so my work as a teacher singled me out. It is an honour and one I couldn't really refuse."

The ISAP has been established to encourage people who work with animals of any kind to place their welfare as a top priority.

Alongside Ms Murphy, Ambassadors have been appointed in France, Ghana, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Nigeria and Egypt.

Ms Murphy added: "It is still in its infancy, but the aim is placing animal welfare as the focal point for people. There will be an internet forum where people can post questions and my role will be to help people - not just here - but around the world."

An animal trainer for 10 years, she explained how she became involved when asked to care for a cat that had been re-homed three times previously due to behavioural issues.

She said: "When he emerged as this docile happy pussycat, I began to question why this had happened. I never went to university because of a young family and so through the distance learning programme I began to take courses in both canine and feline behaviour."

Unfortunately, the tom which set her on her course is no more, but she still enjoys time with her German Shepherd Teddy, adding: "When I tell people the story, I like to think that he may be gone, yet his legacy remains."

To find out more about Ms Murphy's work, visit: www.specialistdogtraining.co.uk.

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