Mentor List available

For anyone wishing to sit Membership examination in Veterinary Behaviour in 2023, a list of mentors have been developed. 

Please go to the administration page to view our current mentor list and their contact email.

Member Webinar 8 April 2021 at 8pm

Dr Dennis Wormald BVSc(hons), PhD, BBSc, BSc(hons) will present:

Animal behaviour research - is it really that bad? 

Critical evaluation of scientific literature is an important skill, especially in the field of animal behaviour. In this presentation, I discuss some thoughtful ways to evaluate research articles, with lots of interesting examples. Drawing on my own experience publishing in this field, I will discuss the difficulties that can be encountered when trying to perform the perfect study.

Member Webinar 25th February 2021

Our next chapter webinar will be on 25th February 2021 at 8pm Melbourne/Sydney time.
Dr Richard Seymour will  be presenting about “Expanding the Psychopharmacology Toolbox; the when, why, and how of some not-so-common behaviour medications”. Richard is a Member of our Chapter and also a Resident with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists under the mentorship of Dr Chris Pachel, DACVB. We look forward to seeing you there.

Fear Free Grant Recipient

Dr Sally Nixon BVSc MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour) is based in rural Victoria and works solely in veterinary behavioural medicine, seeing cases referred by local veterinary clinics or self-referred. 

Sally graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2000 with a BVSc and worked in general mixed practice in Australia and abroad for many years. She gained membership to the veterinary behaviour chapter in 2013. She is one of the consultants to the behaviour folder for the Veterinary Information Network, assists with the forum and workshop for the CVE behavioural medicine course and is the policy advisory councillor for Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group. Sally is the current president elect of the Veterinary Behaviour chapter and is aiming to do her fellowship training in veterinary behavioural medicine.

A study on the use of Zylkene to reduce fear during veterinary visits

Zylkene is has been available in Australia over the past 18 months. Anecdotal reports suggest that this nutraceutical helps many Australian pets who suffer from fear and anxiety. With the help of the Fear Free organisation, a study is being performed to find objective information on the benefits of Zylkene in the context of a veterinary visit.


This study is being done in conjunction with Albury-Wodonga veterinary clinic (Family Vet Centre Wodonga).  Dr Nixon is also receiving research support from Dr Dennis Wormald at Melbourne University.

We all look forward to seeing preliminary results presented at Science Week 2019.

Fear Free Grant 2018-2019

Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists

Announcing Fear Free Research Grant 2018-2019

Our appreciation to Fear Free Pets for this opportunity to advance research in Australia and New Zealand.

The initial goal for fear free funding of research is to a) encourage and support evidence based research that would increase our understanding and knowledge related to preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety and stress associated with veterinary visits and b) to support research in the field of veterinary behaviour.  Therefore, in this first year of their research portfolio, they are providing funds for research by behaviorists or residents of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, as well as to the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, to the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of the ANZCVS, and to selected US veterinary teaching institutions for student research in the field. 

Fear free is offering a grant of $1000 US to the ANZCVS Veterinary Behaviour Chapter to be awarded to a member of the Chapter for original evidence based research project in dogs and/or cats investigating the prevention, reduction or measurement of fear, anxiety and stress associated with veterinary visits including travel, facilities, procedures, hospitalization or return home.  Studies conducted in shelters can be considered if the findings can be applied to veterinary visits and hospitalization.   


Applicants should be a current Member or Fellow of the ANZCVS Veterinary Behaviour Chapter. Individuals who have announced their intention to sit their Memberships in 2019 will also be considered.

Applications must be presented with an up to date CV, Cover letter and 500 -1000 word outline of their proposed research topic. Applications should be emailed to

Applications should be received by the end of day October 31st 2018

Successful applicants will be required to present their initial findings at Science week 2019. Fear free will announce the funding on their research page, as well as the title, name of the research and objective of the research when the project has been selected.  On completion, the only requirement will be that a copy of the abstract with results will be submitted to fear free, to be added to their research portfolio on their website so that findings can be reported and shared.  If the project will not be published, fear free would be interested in putting a link to, or a copy of the paper on their website.