James McKay

James McKay

Animal Trainer

Nottingham, United Kingdom

Member Since:
December 2017
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About James

I am a zoologist and animal trainer, and am dircetor of Acting Animals, a company which supplies animals of all types for the media.
Acting Animals, formerly known as Honeybank Animal Actors, is a highly professional company which is big enough to cope, and small enough to care. For us, no job is too big nor too small, and every job is treated as the most important. Our excellent reputation has been built on this approach, and we intend to keep that reputation.

For almost 30 years, we have supplied animals for film, stills, videos, and live performances. We are a small, dedicated and highly motivated team, working with you to produce the best results.

We have hundreds of animals – ranging from locusts to eagles, mice to horses, millipedes to snakes, rats to dogs – all raised and trained for the job. All our animals are friendly and highly trained, using only positive reinforcement methods, ensuring the safety of the team – animals, trainers, actors and other staff – is always given the highest priority.

If we don’t seem to have exactly what you’re looking for – ask us. We have a nationwide network of trainers and owners who keep a wide range of animals. If it’s available in the UK – we can get it.

We can train animals specifically for your needs; please contact us for details.

We are registered under the Performing Animals Act (1925), registered with DEFRA, hold comprehensive UK Animal Transporter Authorisations, are fully licensed and insured, and work to our own strict code of practice, which exceeds all current local, national and international H&S and animal welfare requirements. We are available on a consultancy basis, and can carry out all pre-production work, including risk assessment for work involving animals of any kind.

Our staff are experienced in their work, know how to train animals and how to get the animals to perform on cue. We understan camera angles, and what looks best on screen.

Working in all parts of the UK and mainland Europe, all animals are accompanied by professional handlers, and animals can be specifically trained for clients (details on request).

Whatever your requirements for animals, we can meet them to your complete satisfaction.

Contact us first for a truly professional service. You won’t be disappointed.


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