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Sydney Animal Behaviour Service
Sydney Animal Behaviour Service is the premier behavioural medicine practice in Australia, run by Registered Veterinary Specialist in animal behaviour and behavioural medicine, Dr Kersti Seksel, together with her resident in behavioural medicine Dr Andrew O'Shea and her veterinary intern Dr Grace Thurtell. All are veterinarians so they can assess not only the physical health of their patients but also their mental health.
Kersti is the only registered veterinary specialist with qualifications that are recognised in Australia, NZ, USA and Europe and Andrew has further qualifications in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine (Animal Behaviour) that are recognised n Australia and NZ. Grace is currently completing the CVE behavioural medicine course through Sydney University.
It is now well recognised that many behaviour problems are due to anxiety. Anxiety is a medical problem not a training problem so although training may help, it will not resolve the underlying cause. Behaviour problems may also have other underlying or concurrent medical problems, therefore assessment by a veterinarian is very important rather than just relying on training to help resolve the issue.
Since 1992, cases from all over Australia involving dog, cat, bird and horse behaviour problems have been assessed by the team at SABS. Problems such as elimination disorders, aggression, fears and phobias, separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, cognitive dysfunction are commonly seen. These conditions and many others have been successfully managed and treated. By using scientific methods and up-to-date, humane behaviour modification techniques (that do not use punishment), environmental management and sometimes medication (that is individually tailored to each case) our aim is to help your pet become the best pet they can be!
Dr Kersti Seksel is interviewed to provide insights into the science behind why dogs give their owners the puppy dog eyes! To watch the interview, go to Revealing the Science behind Dogs giving Owners the Puppy Dog Eyes... .
Dr Kersti Seksel, who has dedicated her career to studying and working in the area of animal behaviour, is interviewed and provides insights into an area that afects all companion animal owners! To read the interview, go to Treating Mental Health Problems in Companion Animals... .
Dr Kersti Seksel appears on Channel 7 Sunrise program to provide advice to pet owners re helping their pets cope with the noise of fireworks! To hear this podcast, go to Channel 7 Sunrise Helping Animals Cope with Fireworks... .
Interior Stylist, Designer, Author and Speaker Bettina Deda, interviews Dr Kersti Seksel to cover the aspect of our lives when we attempt to downsize with our beloved pets. To hear this podcast, go to Down Sizing with Pets Podcast... .
Mark White's article in the SMH Good Weekend March 20, 2015 on the use of Prozac to treat animals with behaviour problems, features Dr Kersti Seksel speaking on this controversial topic. The article includes a link to video featuring Dr Kersti Seksel speaking on the topic. To read the article and view the video, go to Pets on Prozac... .
Dr Kersti Seksel speaks on a "Human Animal Science" podcast about the sensitive topic of Animal hoarding. for more details, go to Human Animal Science Podcast... .
Dr Kersti Seksel discusses how vets could possibly approach behaviour type questions from animal owners in a better way, resulting in the owner departing their practice feeling that they are more knowledgeable. For the full article, go to Small Animal Talk -How can vets do behaviour better?...
NOT sure if your pet suffers from fear, anxiety and phobias? Go to the enclosed video and find out. Does My Pet have Mental Health Issues??...
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