What is a Veterinary Behaviourist?

Above all, a Veterinary behaviourist is a veterinarian who is an expert and/or specialists in the field of animal behaviour. Furthermore, additional training in veterinary behaviour medicine has been completed. Finally, training has included a focused study on a number of key fields including psychology, behavioural genetics, ethology, behavioural endocrinology, behavioural physiology, psychopharmacology and neurology.

Veterinary behaviourists have:

  1. medical and behavioural knowledge to understand the role of other medical diseases in a behavioural case;
  2. skill and knowledge to take medical and behavioural histories to determine an accurate diagnosis  and relevant treatment plan;
  3. the ability to determine which medication, if any, is most appropriate, as part of a well-rounded treatment plan 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. In contrast,  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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