Veterinary Behaviourists

Veterinary behaviourists are veterinarians who have acquired membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine (VBM) by examination. They have first studied veterinary medicine at University for a minimum of five years. They have then added to their knowledge by studying the behaviour of animals, how animals learn and the causes, diagnosis, management and treatment options for behaviour problems such as anxiety disorders and aggressive behaviours as well as management techniques for common behaviour issues. Before they can sit the membership examinations, they must have been in veterinary practice for a minimum of five years. 

Specialists in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

A registered veterinary specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine is a veterinarian who has undertaken further extensive study and research in veterinary behavioural medicine and been extensively examined in their knowledge of this field. They may be a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Australian Scientists, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorist or a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. Only then can they register with their veterinary practitioners’ board as a veterinary specialist.

Dr Jacqui Ley is one of three Veterinary Specialists in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine in Australia. As well as being a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Scientists, she is also a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine.

Dr Ley offers behavioural services at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre and brings an extensive range of knowledge and experience to our Centre. 


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