Radica made a big shift from the IT world to the animal industry in 2012, when she decided to join Mosman Vet as a full-time Veterinary Receptionist.
During her five years there, one of her responsibilities was to coordinate Vicki Austin’s puppy class bookings. Always keen to improve things, Radica took the initiative to make some changes: she streamlined the booking process and email confirmations, designed a Puppy Class Certificate, purchased new stools for the attendees, printed educational posters for the classroom.
But, it was not until she observed the very experienced dog trainer, Vicki Austin at work; that Radica’s early childhood passion for dog training was reignited. She started taking dog training courses and reading only the best science-based resources and books on dog training and behaviour she could find - this included "devouring" Steven R. Lindsay's tomes (Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior & Training, Vol I, II and III).
In 2014 Radica completed Vicki Austin’s Puppy Class Instructor Course and was given the incredible opportunity to assist Vicki for 6 months during her puppy classes at Mosman Vet.
She has since gained much hands-on experience, training both puppies and adult dogs, and likes to keep her dog training skills up-to-date by taking online courses, attending seminars, workshops and industry events. She has also successfully applied to attain the globally recognised professional dog trainer certification (CPDT-KA) through the independent organisation, The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Radica currently lives in Crows Nest NSW Australia, with her husband and Pet Photographer, Jean-Jacques Halans. They share their lives with the always happy and gorgeous Nero, a Belgian Mechelaar (Malinois) x Kelpie rescue dog; and the ever suave, adopted feline, Mr. Mauro.