Who are we?

The Veterinarians of the ANZCVS Veterinary Behaviour Chapter are those with a specific interest and high level of expertise in the field of animal behaviour. We are involved in all facets of animal behaviour, from research and investigation, to practical applications in management of behaviour in domestic and wild species. We give advice about animal behaviour to media, dog trainers, veterinarians, veterinary nurses, zoos and wildlife parks, welfare groups, universities and other interested groups. We are the first port of call for owners of pets who have issues such as anxiety, reactivity, and aggression. Our veterinarians treat cases of house soiling, noise phobias, separation anxiety, tail chasing, excessive barking, feather plucking, cribbing, flank sucking, pacing, dementia and more. The majority of these problems are not simple training or obedience problems, but have an underlying medical basis. Our veterinarians are skilled at diagnosing the underlying cause of a behaviour and developing a treatment plan, which may involve appropriate medication (if indicated), environmental management and behavioural modification.

Please scroll down to the register below to contact a behaviour veterinarian near you.

Mission:

  • To advance the understanding and application of animal behaviour principles. This is both a science and an art.

The Veterinary Behaviour Chapter aims to foster the interest of veterinarians in the understanding of animal behaviour. This aim is met by working within the College to provide an examination process that allows recognition of further study in the field of animal behaviour.

The Chapter:

  • Actively seeks mentors for candidates and supports the formation of mentor groups to provide support and guidance for prospective members.
  • Prepares examinations and organises examiners for Membership candidates. Provides a means of accreditation for veterinarians interested in animal behaviour.
  • Provides a means by which veterinarians can show that they have the skills, knowledge and attitude to be deemed competent in this field.
  • Produces regular newsletters to disseminate relevant information to members and other interested parties.
  • Encourages and provides support for members in preparation of material for publication or presentation.
  • Provides a forum for presentation of material to peers at regular scientific meetings.
  • Facilitates the exchange of knowledge between veterinarians interested in animal behaviour and animal welfare.
  • Provides an advice service to media, dog trainers, veterinarians, veterinary nurses, universities and other interested groups.
  • Encourages exchange of knowledge with and collaborative work with other groups involved in animal behaviour and animal welfare.
  • Encourages further investigation in the area of animal behaviour using scientific research methods to further knowledge in this field.
  • To increase the profile of animal behaviour as part of veterinary medicine.
  • Aims to acquire, maintain, employ and dispose of such real and personal property and to organise such services as will further the above aims.

In addition the Chapter is responsible for the organisation of Fellowship examinations. Success at these rigorous examinations allows eligibility for specialist registration.

 

FELLOWS OF THE ANZCVS VETERINARY BEHAVIOUR CHAPTER

College Fellowship is associated with scholarly and technical excellence in a particular subject. Standards required for training and examination in Fellowship subjects meet or exceed the prerequisites for registration as a Veterinary Specialist in Australia and/or New Zealand.

These veterinarians have the highest level of experience and knowledge in the field of veterinary behaviour. They provide consultation services to behaviour cases referred from the general public, or from other veterinarians, including those holding MANZCVS qualifications.


Dr Robert J Holmes BVM&S PhD MRCVS FANZCVS

Animal Behaviour Clinics

robert@animalbehaviour.com

+61 419 384 922

House calls, e-consults and expert opinions available throughout Australia

VETERINARY BEHAVIOUR SPECIALISTS

Dr Jacqui Ley BVSc (Hons) PhD Dip ECAWBM FANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour)

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

Veterinary Behaviour Services Australia  

137 Holm Park Road BEACONSFIELD VIC 3807

0410 327 463    

jacqui@drjacquiley.com.au

Consulting at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre (MVSC) 03 9887 8844

 

Dr Kersti Seksel BVSc (Hons) MRCVS MA (Hons) FACVSc DACVB DECAWBM

Registered Veterinary Specialist, Behavioural Medicine

Sydney Animal Behaviour Service

55 Ethel Street

Seaforth, NSW, 2092

Telephone +61 2 9949 8511.

FAX +61 2 9949 6364.

Email sabs@sabs.com.au

Dr Seksel consults in Sydney, NSW and Adelaide South Australia, in addition to holding registration in QLD and NT. Occasionally Dr Seksel travels to seminars or conferences, and can make herself available to see clients in that area. Please contact our office to discuss your requirements and location. Alternatively, we can always help you with a telephone or fax consultation where your vet assists us with the consultation process.

 

veterinarians with further qualifications in behaviour

(Members of the ANZCVS Veterinary Behaviour Chapter):

College Membership signifies that a veterinarian has expertise and competence in a nominated subject area. To become a member of the College a candidate must have at least four years post-graduate experience as a veterinarian and have successfully completed both written and oral/practical examinations in veterinary behaviour.

These veterinarians have a high degree of knowledge and experience in the field of veterinary behaviour. They provide consultation services to behaviour cases referred from the general public or from veterinarians in general practice.



 

Australia

Australian Capital Territory:

 

Dr Helen Purdam BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Hall Veterinary Surgery

33 Victoria St., Hall ACT 2618

02 6230 2223

helen@hallvet.com.au

www.hallvet.com.au     

Small animal practice.

 

Dr Isabelle Resch BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)


Inner South Veterinary Centre

47 Jerrabomberra Avenue

Narrabundah ACT 2604

02 6295 0770

Reception@innersouthvets.com.au

www.innersouthvets.com.au

Small animal including small furry exotics

 

New South Wales:

Dr Heather Chee, BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour) 

Vet Behaviour Team

We provide behavioural housecalls in the Sydney and Blue Mountains area for dogs and cats.

0432 881 174

www.vetbehaviourteam.com

vetbehaviourteam@gmail.com   

www.facebook.com/VetBehaviourTeam/

Our passion is to use current scientific understanding and kindness to help you and your pet live happy, harmonious lives.

 

Dr Amanda Cole, BVSc MACVS(Veterinary Behaviour) 

Vet Behaviour Team

We provide behavioural housecalls in the Sydney and Blue Mountains area for dogs and cats.

0432 881 174

www.vetbehaviourteam.com

vetbehaviourteam@gmail.com   

www.facebook.com/VetBehaviourTeam/

Our passion is to use current scientific understanding and kindness to help you and your pet live happy, harmonious lives.

 

Dr Lisa Henshaw BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour) CMAVA

Camden Valley Animal Hospital

2 Exchange Parade, Smeaton Grange NSW 2567

02 4647 6199

camdenvalleyvet@gmail.com

http://www.camdenvalleyanimalhospital.com.au/

 

Dr Joanna McLachlan, BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour) PgCert.VetConsMed N8285

Pet Behaviour Vet

We are a mobile vet practice. Our postal address is PO Box 196 Menai Central NSW 2234

02 8599 0859

admin@petbehaviourvet.com.au

www.petbehaviourvet.com.au    

www.facebook.com/PetBehaviourVet/

Our behaviour veterinarians and experienced force-free trainers offer house-call, in-clinic and telephone/Skype consultations (where appropriate). Our office is based in south-eastern Sydney, however we travel to all areas of Sydney and make regular trips to regional areas including the Wollongong, Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle (extra mileage charges apply). We primarily see dogs and cats, but will also see birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other exotic pets. We also run Puppy Preschool classes in various vet practices and pet shops around Sydney.

 

Dr Jen Nesbitt-Hawes BVSc (Hons) MVSt (Wild Med) MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Pet Perspective

contactpetperspective@gmail.com

www.petperspective.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/Pet.Perspective/

Ph: 0490766273

Veterinary Behaviour Education (Veterinary clinic staff training services, client education, kids and dogs programs, public seminars)

 

Dr Sally Nixon BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Animal Progress

In home veterinary behavioural medicine consultations for Northeast Victoria and Albury area of New South Wales.

0423237057

sallynixon@animalprogress.com

http://animalprogress.com/        

Home visits only

 

Dr Andrew O'Shea BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Sydney Animal Behaviour Service

55 Ethel Sreet 

Seaforth NSW 2092

9949 8511

 

And

 

University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney

65 Parramatta Road

Camperdown NSW 2050

9351 3437

 

Dr Louise Rourke BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour) MDI (CPDT)

Wingham and Valley Vets

82 Combined St Wingham NSW 2429

(02) 6557 0000

pandlrourke@gmail.com

www.winghamandvalleyvets.com.au

I provide in-clinic and home visits for behavioural issues throughout the Mid North Coast of NSW. Together with my team of Delta trainers, we conduct a range of individual and class training sessions. Our practice also provides training and assessment of Delta Pets as Therapy dogs.

Victoria:

 

Dr Tina Chen BVSc (QLD) MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Vetcall, West Footscray

9687 7711

info@vetcall.net.au


Dr Emma Hughes BSc (Hons); BVSc (Hons); MSc (Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare); MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour).

Better Behaviour Veterinary Services

Located in Central Victoria (Macedon Ranges)

www.bbvs.com.au 

emma@bbvs.com.au 

 

Dr Trepheena Hunter BAgSc (Hons) MAgSc BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Veterinary behaviour)

ACVB Resident in private practice training (American College of Veterinary Behavorists)

The Lost Dogs Home and Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic, North Melbourne

03 8379 4408 

0407 526 367

trepheena.hunter@dogshome.com

 

Dr Marika Ley

Caroline Springs Vet Hospital

225 Caroline Springs Blvd

03 8390 2266

info@carolinespringsvet.com.au

Behaviour consultations for dogs and cats are generally done at the clinic. House visits can be arranged.


 

Dr Katherine Macmillan BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

kmbehaviour@gmail.com

0427160677

Home visit behaviour consultations in Melbourne and surrounding areas

 

Dr Sally Nixon BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Animal Progress

In home veterinary behavioural medicine consultations for Northeast Victoria and Albury area of New South Wales.

0423237057

sallynixon@animalprogress.com

http://animalprogress.com/               

Home visits only


Dr Kerrie Piper BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Veterinary behaviour, Veterinary pharmacology)

Trafalgar and Newborough Veterinary Centres

7 Contingent St Trafalgar; 3/43 Monash Rd Newborough, Vic

03 56331327, 03 51262880

trafvet@dcsi.net.au

www.trafalgarvet.com

 

Dr Emma Rigby BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Fitzroy Veterinary Hospital

113 Scotchmer Street Fitzroy North 

(03) 9489 2195

fitzroy@ahavets.com.au

www.fitzroyvet.com.au


Dr Melanie Rockman BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Veterinary Behaviour Consultations & Lecturer (Uvet -Melb.Uni.Vet Hospital)

250 Princes Hwy Werribee 3030

03 9731 2000   

mrockman@unimelb.edu.au


Bayside Animal Behaviour Services                 

Melbourne / Geelong & Surf Coast

0403 548 770

                           

Dr Diane van Rooy BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Dog & Cat Behaviour Consultations

P.O.Box 194, Sunbury Vic 3429

0423 087 823

behaviour@drdi.com.au

www.drdi.com.au

Home visits

 

Dr Susannah Wood BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Myvet Byron Bay,

1/70 Centennial Circuit,

Byron Bay,

NSW 2481

phone: 02 66856899

email: mvbyron@nvcvets.com.au

website: www.myvetbyronbay.com.au

 

Tasmania:

Dr Katrina Ward BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour) CMAVA

170 Channel Highway, Kingston, Tasmania 7005

0439 963 300

kward5030@netspace.net.au  or admin@katrinaward.com.au 

http://www.katrinaward.com.au/ 

Servicing clients Tasmania-wide. Behaviour consultations can be at your home or in the clinic. Phone consultations also provided.

South Australia:

Dr Chalette Brown BSc DVM MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Gawler Veterinary Services

3 Bright Street, Willaston, SA, 5118.

08 8522 2055

gawlervet@gawlervet.com.au

www.gawlervet.com.au

 

Dr Tracey Henderson BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services

184 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

08 7480 0597

info@avbs.net.au

www.avbs.net.au

In clinic or home visit, dogs and cats.

 

Eleanor Parker BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Adelaide Vet

301 Magill rd, Trinity Gardens

Ellep@adelaidevet.com.au 

 

Queensland:

 

Dr Karen Dawson BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Pet Behaviour Clinic @ Veterinary Specialist Services

http://vss.net.au/

0422236195

travelvet@optusnet.com.au

Home visits available.  Our practice is extensively involved in assisting rescue and rehoming and regularly assists many animal welfare organisations, working collaboratively with trainers to help ease the transition into a new home for many troubled pets.


Dr Cam Day BVSc BSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Cam Day Consulting

‘Camelot’

437 Ford Road

PRIESTDALE  QLD 4127

Ph 07 3341 9153

drcam@pethealth.com.au

www.pethealth.com.au

Dr Cam has been consulting in veterinary behaviour management full-time for the last 22 years. He offers house-calls, in-clinic consultations and telephone consultations for pet owners in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. Start by completing an assessment form on www.petbehaviour.com.au and then you can choose Dr Cam’s DIY system or a consultation service.

 

Dr Nela Graham BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Calm Companions

26 Billington St, Labrador, Gold Coast, 4215

1800 Dr Nela (1800 37 6352)

info@calmcompanions.com.au

www.calmcompanions.com.au

As a vet and dog trainer, I provide both full home-based Vet Behaviour Consultations (for Behaviour Problems) and Behaviour Training consultations (for early behaviour challenges), from Brisbane to Byron Bay. I also provide home-based Puppy Set-Ups and run professional, personalised and small class size puppy programs in the Labrador, GC area. 

 

Dr Leah Barth BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Currimundi Veterinary Surgery

698 Nicklin Way, Currimundi QLD 4551

 (07) 54938222

info@currimundivet.com.au

www.currimundivet.com.au

Providing behaviour consultations in clinic and home visits in the local area. We request that you complete a behaviour consultation questionnaire when booking.

 

Dr Rimini Quinn BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Kind Animal Behaviour Services

0468 638 287

kabs@thekindvet.com

Seeing Behaviour cases and running Puppy Classes on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

 

 

Western Australia:

 

Dr Kate Lindsey BSc (Hons) BVMS (Hons) MANCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre

Unit 3/26 Gibberd Road, Balcatta 6021

 (08) 9240 2228

reception@kalmpets.com 

http://www.kalmpets.com​     


Dr Nicole Lobry de Bruyn BSc BVMS MANZCVS (Feline Medicine and Veterinary Behaviour)

0417 965 764

nicole@animalsense.com.au

www.animalsense.com.au 

Northern Territory:

 

New Zealand

 

Dr Jess Beer BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Kiwi Vet Behaviour

Auckland, New Zealand

022 1066 896

kiwivetbehaviour@outlook.co.nz

www.kiwivetbehaviour.net

twitter @kvbehaviour 

https://www.facebook.com/kiwivetbehaviour/

Private Clinic and Home Visits available in Auckland and Waikato. Kitten Kindy, Puppy Classes. Vet Clinic in house training on stress free handling and pet behaviour. Super Gold card and rescue pet discounts.

 

Dr Frederique Hurly BVSc MPhil MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

12 Thomas Hamer Place, Greenhithe, Auckland 0632

02108309958

 

Dr Rhea Hurley BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Behaviour Vet / Vet Smart

c/o Vet Smart, 1 Grays Rd, Plimmerton, Porirua 5026, N.Z.

+ 64 21 413 431

rhea@behaviourvet.nz

www.behaviourvet.nz or www.vetsmart.co.nz

In-clinic and house-call behaviour consults for companion animals in Wellington

 

Dr Kevin Stafford BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Massey University

Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

64 6 9518173

k.j.stafford@massey.ac.nz

 

Dr Rachael Stratton BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Veterinarian, Lecturer in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and Assistant Manager VERT Veterinary Emergency Response Team

Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

IVABS, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

+64 6 350 5329

VetHospital@massey.ac.nz

http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/colleges/college-of-sciences/clinics-and-services/veterinary-teaching-hospital/animal-behaviour-service/animal-behaviour-service_home.cfm

http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/expertise/profile.cfm?stref=513040

The Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Animal Behaviour Service’s dedicated Behaviour team of Veterinarians and Nurses provide advice, training, and consultation on behaviour problems in cats, dogs, horses and birds. Referrals are accepted from veterinarians, trainers, animal behaviourists and kennel/cattery owners from throughout New Zealand.

 

canada

Dr. Tawnya R. Copland DVM MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Prairie Rose Veterinary Services

Innisfree, Alberta Canada T0B 2G0

(780) 592-VETS (8387)

www.prairierosevet.ca

 

United Kingdom

 

Dr James Sabin BVSc MANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour) MRCVS

Medivet Sidcup Halfway Street

294 Halfway Street, Sidcup, DA15 8DT, UK

+44 (0)20 8850 0306

sidcup.halfway.st@medivet.co.uk

http://www.medivet.co.uk/practice-finder/south-east-london/sidcup-eltham

I do home visits for behavioural consultations as well as doing consultations in the practice.