AVA Seminar – When and Why to refer behaviour cases by Dr Kate on Wednesday, 19 November 2014


I presented a seminar to my fellow vet colleagues and vet staff on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 at the Perth AVA offices. I brought with me my cognitive behaviour therapist, Tracey Lord who brought along her dog Zac. The audience were suitably impressed by Tracey’s mat training and basket muzzle de-sensitisation and counter conditioning demonstrations. The application of these techniques for practice vets can make task like nail clipping and venepuncture a whole lot easier in practice.

I also gave a case study of a dog I have recently treated for human directed aggression and demonstrated how important it is to gather history and the ways my methodology works through Education, Environmental interventions, Behaviour modification, Medication (sometimes) and follow up.

Big thanks to all who turned up as it shows me how much interest there is in the vet community in really understanding animal behaviour to ensure optimum health, which is really exciting.

About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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