Behavioural Medicine

Behavioural Medicine

Gain exposure to the latest updates in behavioural medicine

This course aims to present an overview of, and assist you in improving your approach to, the diagnosis and management of behavioural cases. It will provide you with the opportunity to extend your skills and knowledge in a range of topics about animal behaviour and behavioural medicine so you will better understand learning theory, the relationship between behaviour and organic disease, psychotropic medications and how to manage anxiety, aggression and other common behavioural problems.

Past Participant

Overall, I found that this was a really great course. The structure of the course requires a large amount of self-directed research, which initially is rather overwhelming and at times frustrating. However, having completed the course and now studying for Memberships, this self-directed research is vital to help keep this information fresh and topical. I feel really enriched and more satisfied by my learning by having had to find by own answers, and not having them spoon-fed to me.

Isabelle Resch, ACT

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Significantly improve your ability to help your clients better understand their pet’s behaviour 

  • Further your understanding of the basics of behaviour and the intimate relationship between behaviour and organic disease

  • Develop your skills in differentiating behaviour problems from problem behaviours to maximise treatment success

  • Learn how to more accurately diagnose behavioural problems in most domestic species

  • Improve your knowledge of psychotropic medication used to treat behavioural problems, including when to use medication, which medication to use and why

  • Interact with other veterinarians who have similar interests in behavioural medicine



  1. Domestication and genetics

  2. Learning Theory 1

  3. Learning Theory 2

  4. Neurology

  5. Psychotropic medication 1

  6. Psychotropic medication 2

  7. Behavioural History

  8. Anxiety Disorders

  9. Aggression Issues

  10. Other common problems

Distance Education

Wed 1 February - Thu 30 November 2017
1 x 2-Day Workshop
Date TBC
Delivered Online
Super Early Bird
30 June, 2016
Early Bird
31 October, 2016

Course Fees

Member TypeSuper early birdEarly birdFull rate
Non Member / eMember$5760$6075$6285
*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members



Kersti Seksel graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney, then from Macquarie University with a BA in Behavioural Sciences majoring in psychology. She has an MA(Hons) degree and is a registered veterinary specialist in Animal Behaviour, a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Animal Behaviour, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. She is an adjunct senior lecturer at Charles Sturt University and a honorary associate at the University of Sydney. Kersti is the principal of a specialist practice for animal behaviour in Sydney and see cases around Australia. She is chair of the NSW Animal Welfare Advisory Council, a Board member of Delta Society and a member of the Special Council of the Pet Professional Guild Australia. She has presented at multiple conferences and meetings nationally and internationally and has published widely. She is a regular presenter on ABC radio in Australia on pet care and behaviour, writes for Dog's Life and is also a consultant to VIN. Kersti is the author and tutor for the CVE DE course in Behavioural Medicine.

BVSc(Hons), FANZCVSc (Animal Behaviour), CMAVA, PhD

Jacqui Ley is a registered specialist in Behavioural Medicine. She graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School in 1995. A long time interest in animals, animal behaviour and training led her to undertake a Membership to the ACVSc in Veterinary Behaviour in 2000. Looking to understand more about behaviour, she left small animal practice for the world of research and investigated tests for measuring fear in dogs. Jacqui has completed a PhD at Monash University developing a model and questionnaire for describing canine personality.

Further details

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