Animal Education Team

meet the AWLQ Animal Education team! We are fortunate to have a team of fully qualified, dedicated and passionate teachers and instructors to develop and implement our animal education programs.

In addition, our Animal Education Team are lucky enough to be assisted by equally passionate and dedicated volunteers. If you would like to learn more about becoming an AWLQ Education Team Volunteer, please contact our Education Division.

Kathryn Calthorpe – EDUCATION Programs Coordinator

Lucy (left) and Clooney (Right)

Kathryn joined the AWLQ family as a volunteer in 2008, primarily working with the dogs at our Beenleigh Rehoming Centre. With her previous TAFE lecturing experience she quickly gravitated to our Education division before moving into her role as our Education Programs Coordinator. Kathryn now manages & coordinates all of our education programs across all of our rehoming centres in South East Queensland. Kathryn has a Cert III in Dog Behaviour & Training and has 2 education dogs – Lovely Lucy & Mr. Clooney – both of whom are used to visit schools to assist in spreading the word about responsible pet ownership and being safe around dogs, which is an integral part of our education focus.

Theresa Fallon – EDUCATION Officer

Theresa Fallon AWLQ Education Officer

Theresa joined the AWLQ as a volunteer in 2010, whilst studying her Cert III in Dog Behaviour & Training. Shortly after completing her studies she was employed by the AWLQ as an animal attendant at our Beenleigh Rehoming Centre. Theresa joined the education team as an education officer in 2014 and has subsequently completed her training as a puppy pre-school instructor. She is an integral part of the education team, assisting with all of our programmes as well as running the Partnership Project, which facilitates relationships between shelter dogs & disengaged youth, achieving better outcomes for both human & animal relationships. Theresa also shares some of her time with our volunteering division, equipping all new volunteers with vital dog handling skills.


Jodie Burden AWLQ Education AssistantJodie has a background in wildlife education working for well known wildlife parks such as Dreamworld and David Fleays Wildlife Park. She joined AWLQ in 2008 as an education officer, but has expanded her role to include a wide range of jobs here at the Coombabah shelter. Jodie is our resident child education expert and handles animal education to Kindergartners and our Animal Antics program for 6 – 10 year olds.