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Chris Brown 

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On the set of Flyboys

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Chris grew up alongside wild creatures literally in the house, including chimpanzees, lions, tigers, wolves and bears. It provided him with valuable experience at a very early age, and later led to his decision to work with Movie Animals, one of the leading consultancies in the Film Industry. Now heading a new team of trainers and animals, Chris brings a broad range of experience and good understanding of film techniques to the animal world.

Carys Griffiths BVMedSci BVMBVS MRCVS

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On Set of the VW Commercial

Carys studied at the University of Nottingham where she achieved a bachelor in Veterinary science and bachelors in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. She now works as a mixed practice vet in Kent treating both small animals (dogs, cats, small furries etc.) as well as horses. She has a particular interest in the equine side of veterinary medicine and enjoys riding in her spare time, but also likes to keep a hand in with the small animal side and keep her surgical skills up to date. When not working in Kent she enjoys the change of film work and brings her varied skills set to the job.

Steph Sargent

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On Set of the VW Commercial

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Steph studied Film Production at the University of Hertfordshire where she achieved a First Class Honours.  Since leaving university Steph has worked on various productions, her experience focuses on production co-ordination and scheduling. Steph works for Tooth n Claw to co-ordinate the animal department, but when she can she loves to get involved with the training and handling of the animals.

Sue Eld-Weaver

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On Set of the Phones4U commercial

Sue grew up in Africa where she spent time discovering the local wildlife, as well as helping her mum with her breeding salon, where she also met a variety of different dog breeds. Now in the UK Sue also breeds and grooms different dogs. She participates heavily in Competitive Grooming and has recently joined Tooth n Claw. Her extensive grooming experience and creative grooming talents allow Tooth n Claw to provide the wow factor in some of the animals we supply. The most recent example of this is the Phone4u advertisement where Sue managed to turn a regular poodle into a dragon.

Peter Scott FRCVS

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Peter Scott FRCVS is committed to animal welfare and leads the Companion Animal Sector Council, representing pet interests on DEFRA committees.

Peter has worked in this industry since 1984 on the BBC series ‘One by One’ and since then on countless ads, minor animal appearances in film and TV.He has worked with the majority of species through this period.  He has received credits for ‘Link’, ‘101 Dalmatians’, ‘102 Dalmatians’, ‘Fierce Creatures’ and ‘Fly Boys’. He was responsible for the veterinary care of the Harry Potter owls and has successfully worked for producers to bring animals into UK and work even whilst under rabies quarantine.

Welfare and safety planning (for both animals and crew) are specialist areas and require industry knowledge. Working with dangerous wild animals such as lions and tigers may require specialist equipment such as firearms and darting equipment to be available in the case of emergencies – these can all be supplied as required.