Meet Our Team

Key Staff Image

Dr Jacqui Ley

BVSc (Hons), FANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour), PhD DECAWBM

Dr Jacqui Ley was the inaugural Hills TM Resident in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine.  She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995 and worked in companion animal practice in metropolitan Melbourne.  While studying, she recognised veterinary behavioural medicine as an area that brought together her interests in animal behaviour, animal training and the functioning brain.  She obtained her membership to the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in 2000.  Dr Ley completed her PhD, through Monash University, describing a model and building a questionnaire for assessing canine personality.  She has also described the factors that affect the relationships between an owner and their dog.  Other research interests include the human-animal bond and factors affecting this, tests for measuring fear and other behaviours in dogs and the social relationships in dogs and cats.  She was a tutor for the Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare at Monash University. 

In 2011 she became a diplomat of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine - one of two people to hold this qualification in Australia.  Jacqui was awarded a Fellowship to the ANZCVS in the Chapter of Veterinary Behaviour at Science Week 2013.  She sees behaviour cases on a regular basis at MVSC.

Dr Ashleigh Hargreaves


Ash graduated from Adelaide University in 2015 and undertook a true mixed practice role in Warrnambool in South-West Victoria. Despite the interest and challenges of mixed practice, the area of Veterinary Behaviour interested Ash more than anything. In 2018 she completed the CVE Veterinary behaviour course, and in 2019 obtained Membership with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in Veterinary Behaviour. Ash still practices as a general small animal vet in Warrnambool, as well as travels to other clinics across rural Victoria to practice and support veterinary staff in behavioural medicine. Ash is a member of the AVBIG executive committee in the position of secretary and holds the role of secretary/ treasurer for the Behaviour chapter of the ANZCVS. Ash loves behaviour because the more you learn the more you see, and as a vet, you quickly realise it is all most pet owners want to talk about!

MVSC © Copyright 2024

website by StrongPoint