About Us

Lynn Hart

Lynn Hart

Founder and Lead Practitioner

Animals in Mind is run by Lynn Hart; a lifelong animal lover and educationalist. Recognising the positive impact of animals on well -being and learning, Lynn began working with the assistance of her eclectic mix of amazing animals to support individuals, schools, charities, the care sector and community groups in 2019.

Lynn is not only the founder, but the lead practitioner and enjoys nothing more than working directly with each and every client in the day, and then in evenings and week-ends spending time caring for our wonderful therapy animals.

Prior to launching Animals in Mind, Lynn spent the last 12 years of her 25 plus year career in education working in or with Agricultural Colleges across the UK.

Lynn is a qualified teacher (PGCE), with a BSc Honours (1st Class) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare  and a Masters Degree in Education. Lynn has completed the Level 1 Animal Assisted Play Therapy® Training and Nature Based Therapy Practitioners programmes and is currently studying a Level 6 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning. Lynn has also gained qualifications in Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid, Suicide and Self-Harming Awareness, Pediatric First Aid.

Lynn is a trustee for her RSPCA local branch and the East-Midlands Regional Branch representative.


About Animal Assisted Therapy/Intervention

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Intervention (AAI) is a relatively new field acknowledged as an important aspect of ‘One Health’. Animal Assisted Therapy sessions which are delivered responsibly offer numerous benefits to the participants, and the animal involved. For recipients, Animal Assisted Therapy can have a positive impact on physical abilities as well as addressing psychological, social, educational, emotional and cognitive needs”.
Source: Society for Companion Animal Studies (2019)

Meet the team!

We are a very small team, but we have a big impact.
We are all DBS (enhanced) checked, trained in Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Online Safety and Paediatric First Aid.

Amelia Hamilton

Amelia Hamilton

Learning Mentor/Animal Advocate

Amelia joined AiM in October 2023. She holds a BA in Psychology and Fine Art and has many years of experience in and around horses.

Amelia brings creativity, kindness, empathy and fun in sessions for both clients and animals and has a soft spot for Pichu Parrot, Rupert and Perry Donkeys and our herd of pygmy goats.. Amelia is currently studying the Equine Facilitated Practitioners Qualification with Equimotion.

As a talented artist, Amelia also produces and sells her own art. She also loves to spend time with her own cat – Leo.
Emma Turner

Emma Turner

Learning Facilitator (PT)

Emma joined AiM in September 2023.
She holds a BA in Fine Art and has many years of experience delivering Forest School, Nature Based and Outdoor Learning and Teaching Arts and Crafts.

Emma is also an animal lover and has spent her life around horses and other animals.

Emma brings a passion for conservation, the great outdoors and for nature based learning. She is also a talented artist and loves mosaics.

Tina Irvine (volunteer)

Tina Irvine (volunteer)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Tina has been the DDSL for AiM since 2022 and has a wealth of experience in education leadership, particularly around data and exams compliance.

Tina is an experienced safeguarding officer, and first aider and acts as DSL and appointed first aider in her local netball leagues, as well as for AiM.

Tina is a ‘cat lady’, and runs and umpires in local netball leagues.
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