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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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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