The Northern Rivers Animal Behaviour approach

When behavioural problems arise in an animal, it can be as a result of a training issue, environmental issue, a physical or mental health issue, or a combination of issues. For treatment to be effective and successful, it is essential to identify what issue(s) are at play in your individual animal.

There are certainly many instances where undesirable behaviour is a direct result of a lack of training. However, if your pet is suffering from a psychological issue such as anxiety (which is quite common), no amount of training alone is going to be beneficial without addressing and treating this underlying mental health issue.

As a qualified veterinarian with training and experience in behavioural medicine, I am equipped to diagnose what is the underlying cause(s) of the behavioural problem and tailor a holistic treatment program using environmental management, behavioural modification and medication (if required) for effective results.

All behaviour modification techniques used are positive and gentle, utilising the most up to date, scientifically backed treatment methods. This has the advantage of not only being the most effective way to treat behaviour issues, but also will assist you in having the best relationship possible with your pet.

Behaviour is all about teamwork. I take a collaborative approach in my cases, to ensure that my treatment plans are practical and realistic to implement. My aim is to ensure you feel supported and confident in the treatment plan at all times. 

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About Denise

I am a qualified veterinarian, having received a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 2014. After spending a couple of years working as a regular veterinarian, I then began to focus on exclusively treating behavioural cases. In 2021 I received my memberships (by examination) to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Behaviour. 

in early 2020 I relocated from Sydney to the Northern Rivers of NSW with my husband, two young children and two cats., and Northern Rivers Animal Behaviour was born!