What is a Veterinary Behaviourist?

Veterinary behaviourists are veterinarians who are experts and/or specialists in the field of animal behaviour. Additional training or a residency in veterinary behaviour medicine has been completed. Training has included focused study on a number of key fields including: psychology, behavioural genetics, ethology, behavioural endocrinology, behavioural physiology, psychopharmacology and neurology.

Veterinary behaviourists have:


  1. both the medical and behavioural knowledge to understand the role of other medical disease in a behavioural case;
  2. the skill and knowledge to take comprehensive medical and behavioural histories and determine an accurate diagnoses on which to base an individualised treatment plan;
  3. the ability to determine which medication, if any, is most appropriate as part of a well-rounded treatment plan that includes environmental interventions and behaviour modification relevant to the individual patient.

These features help to identify the differences between a veterinary behaviourist and other professionals in the industry. Experienced trainers are terrific for teaching your pet alternative behaviours but only a veterinarian can make a diagnosis and implement an appropriate treatment plan for abnormal behaviours.

All standards and procedures are approved by the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian Veterinary Surgeons Board.

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