Director BSc MSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour Consultant
Mark is a professional Animal Psychologist and Zoologist who treats behaviour problems in animals. He is also a well known radio and TV personality communicating on animal issues in general.
Mark consults for many organisations on various animal related subjects and teaches at Universities, Polytechs, and gives a public workshop series nationally. As demonstrated above, he locates, auditions and trains a broad array of species for film, TV and video.
Jazmin Vette Dal Bello
Animals On Q Trainer & Coordinator Dip Contemporary Photography
As Mark’s daughter, Jazmin Vette Dal Bello (known as Jaz to the team!) grew up surrounded by animals, and totally immersed in the world of animal training, which is in her blood. It shows in the expert way she manages a wide variety of animals on film set.
One of Jaz’s first experiences on set was on kids TV with Suzie Cato, then "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Hercules" assisting Mark. Jaz was also a favourite with Tom and Connor Cruise on "The Last Samurai" while training a variety of animals on set, and more recently training Porter for the Purina Tux TV commerical.
With years of experience behind her, Jaz has learnt a wealth of invaluable animal training skills. However, she’s still found the time to: study photography, travel, live in Brazil with her husband, and bring a new addition to the family in the form of her gorgeous daughter.
On a global scale, it’s Jaz’s face that’s plastered on YouTube as the trainer of Driving Dog Porter - one of three dogs who were part of this first-ever global phenomenon. Jaz and Porter featured on David Letterman, CNN and the BBC as well as nationally on New Zealand TV, and their YouTube clip has surpassed 13+ million views!
Animal training aside, Jaz is a sparkling human being with a heart of gold. Nothing is ever too much to ask, and anyone who has the pleasure of dealing with her will find her efficient, hard working and lovely!
Animals On Q Animal Trainer and Wrangler; BSc
Rosie’s involvement and love of animals stems from birth, being born in Nairobi, Kenya East Africa. She Rode Horses to Grand-Prix Dressage level and B grade Show Jumping and has had a passion for animals her entire life.
Her Film Industry experience spans over 20+ years and includes the TV series "Xena Warrior Princess", where she worked in the horse department for 7 years, ultimately as coordinator for the final season. She worked and trained with horses, chariots, carts and our very talented actors on the successful series. She was Horse Department Coordinator on the TV series "Young Hercules" starring Ryan Gosling and also trained the horses on the other TV shows, such as: Jack-of-all-Trades, Hercules and Cleopatra.
Rosie has been training all species of animals for Animals On Q since 2003, as Senior Trainer/Coordinator. She is proficient in the art of clicker training and uses this technique across a huge range of animals. She also has a wealth of knowledge of the Film Industry and what is required from our Animal Stars. Rosie has a wonderfully calm, patient and caring approach to animals and people, which makes her shine as a coordinator on film set, communicating well between Directors and Actors.
Rosie loves any challenging training task and has successfully trained animals for a variety of jobs, from Ginny the driving dog, Cleo the hawk, numerous horse jobs including the National Bank series, though to Flynn (her own very talented dog). Rosie has a great sense of humor, which is something you need when working with animal stars.
Animal Behaviour Clinic - Manager BCom - Digital Media
Koan has worked on and off for Animals on Q and the Behaviour Clinic since he was a teenager and he now works full-time as the Behaviour Clinic Manager and Head Trainer. Koan prides himself on making big changes in difficult dogs which can take masses of patience and persistence, but he loves challenges and going the extra mile to turn a dogs life around.
You may also find Koan with his dog Sid riding his bike in Woodhill or hiking the summit of Mt Ruapehu as he is always in search of an adventure somewhere in the outdoors.
With a passion for animals and customer services grown from a lifelong involvement with animals and over eighteen years in the property industry, Kristy has a balanced nature, a flair for presentation and a real commitment to animals, people and service.
Kristy has volunteered for the SPCA since 2010, as well as trained and competed in dog obedience championships, winning numerous ribbons. A highly skilled and professional operator with a very strong interest in the training and psychology of animals, Kristy has a flair for dealing with a variety of temperaments in both people and animals.
Animal Trainer and Wrangler
Eighteen Years Film Experience
Bex’s experience with animals began as a child living on a farm. She has ridden horses since she was 6 years old, and has worked with racehorses, polo ponies and eventers in NZ and Australia.
After 7 years on Xena as Lucy Lawless’ riding double, she joined Animals on Q for "The Last Samurai" and now enjoys training all species of animals using positive re-enforcement methods.
Bex has worked in the film industry for 18 years and has vast experience as body double, riding double, stunt rider, stunt harness driver, props creator, horse-dressing creator, animal training and co-ordinator. Bex also breeds Spanish Andalusian horses and enjoys farming and blue-water sailing.