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.


  • 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.


Veterinary Behaviour Specialists

(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 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.


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    


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

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.



Australian Capital Territory:


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

Hall Veterinary Surgery

33 Victoria St., Hall ACT 2618

02 6230 2223



Small animal practice.


Dr Isabelle Resch BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Inner South Veterinary Centre

47 Jerrabomberra Avenue

Narrabundah ACT 2604

02 6295 0770



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




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




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




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




Our two veterinary behaviourists and our Delta qualified trainers offer both house-call 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.


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

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 (Behavioural medicine)

Animal Progress

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




Home visits only


Dr Andrew O'Shea BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Sydney Animal Behaviour Service

55 Ethel Sreet 

Seaforth NSW 2092

9949 8511




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



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.



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

Vetcall, West Footscray

9687 7711


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)




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



Dr Marika Ley

Caroline Springs Vet Hospital

225 Caroline Springs Blvd

03 8390 2266


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


Dr Katherine Macmillan BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)



Home visit behaviour consultations in Melbourne and surrounding areas


Dr Sally Nixon BVSc MANZCVS (Behavioural medicine)

Animal Progress

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




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




Dr Emma Rigby BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Fitzroy Veterinary Hospital

113 Scotchmer Street Fitzroy North 

(03) 9489 2195



Dr Melanie Rockman BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

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

250 Princes Hwy Werribee 3030

03 9731 2000   


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



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



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 


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)

Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services

184 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171

08 7480 0597, 0488 038 054



Behaviour only clinic - in home or clinic visits offered.


Dr Tracey Henderson BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services

184 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171

08 7480 0597



In clinic or home visit, dogs and cats.


Eleanor Parker BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Australian Vet Behaviour Services

184 Main Rd McLaren Vale SA

08 7480 059



Behaviour specialty practice only - not GP

Home visits available. 




Dr Karen Dawson BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Pet Behaviour Clinic @ Veterinary Specialist Services




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


437 Ford Road


Ph 07 3341 9153



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




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



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


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




Northern Territory:


New Zealand


Dr Jess Beer BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)

Kiwi Vet Behaviour

Auckland, New Zealand

022 1066 896



twitter @kvbehaviour 


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 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


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



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




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.


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



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