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.