Meet our Behaviour Veterinarians

Dr Joanna McLachlan

B.VSc.(Hons1) MANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour) PgCert.VetConsMed.
Behaviour Veterinarian, Director and Practice Owner

Owner and founder of Pet Behaviour Vet, Dr Joanna McLachlan is a fully qualified veterinarian with extensive training and experience in the field of veterinary behavioural medicine.

Dr McLachlan is available for behaviour consultations in Monday to Friday and occasional Saturdays. When she is not out on a house-call or performing a phone consultation, she is found at our head office writing reports, running the business and occasionally performing admin duties (so you may sometimes catch her answering the phones!).

Early Interest in Behavioural Medicine

Dr McLachlan discovered that she had an interest in veterinary behavioural medicine the hard way- when her two beloved pet dogs Rocky and Lexie began exhibiting sudden and unexpected behavioural problems a few years ago. She consequently chose to immerse herself in self-study in the field so that she could help cure her beloved dogs of their problems. She soon discovered that she had a real interest in the field and began taking on as many behaviour cases as possible at the clinics that she was locuming at the time.

She very quickly came to the realisation that performing a behaviour consultation to the best of her ability was next to impossible under the logistical constraints of working in a very busy veterinary clinic. This led to the establishment of her own private behaviour consultancy Pet Behaviour Vet, which gave her the freedom to see her patients with minimal time constraints in the privacy of their own home (where most behaviour problems manifest), without having to attempt to squeeze the consultation into a 15 minute time slot at a veterinary clinic.

Qualifications and Experience

Dr McLachlan completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first class Honours at the University of Sydney, and is a registered Veterinarian with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW. After graduation she began working as a small animal veterinarian at a very busy group of veterinary clinics in western Sydney, and then moved on to locum at a number of practices in Sydney and northern Illawarra.

In 2014 Dr McLachlan was awarded a Membership (by examination) of the Behaviour Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. This means that Dr McLachlan has proven by examination that she is highly knowledgeable in the field of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine.

Additionally, since Dr McLachlan spends 100% of her professional time working on behaviour cases, she has had much more experience working in the field compared to most other vets with similar qualifications.

Continuing Professional Education

Veterinary behavioural medicine is an ever-evolving field, with current recommendations becoming rapidly superceded by even newer and more exciting research. Thus, behaviour professionals need to keep themselves immersed in continuing education in order to stay up to date with the latest in scientific recommendations for the good of their patients. Dr McLachlan regularly attends veterinary conferences all over Australia where she has attended numerous lectures given by internationally renowned trainers, veterinary behaviourists and veterinary behaviour specialists. To name just a few, she recently attended the behaviour stream of the Australian Veterinary Association’s 2017 5 day annual conference (which she helped to organise!), a Vetprac Safe Animal Handling and Behaviour Workshop in April 2016, the AVBIG’s Behaviour Roadshow in 2015, the behaviour stream of Science Week in July 2014, participated in a year-long distance education course in Behavioural Medicine run by CVE in 2013, attended the behaviour stream of the AVA’s annual conference in 2011 and has participated in numerous webinars on various topics. Additionally, she has spent some time seeing practice with a veterinary behaviour specialist and subscribes to the monthly Journal of Veterinary Behaviour. She is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group. She is an executive on the AVBIG committee and an active user of the Group’s discussion forum. Dr McLachlan also created and facilitates an international online discussion group on the topic of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine.

Other Interests

Dr McLachlan also has an interest in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Conservation Medicine through Murdoch University. Over the years she has carried out voluntary work at numerous zoos around the world including Taronga Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. It is her dream to join her two professional interests by offering her behaviour services to zoological and wildlife institutions.

When she is not running the practice, Dr McLachlan is most likely at home looking after her family in southern Sydney. She lives with her husband, son and baby daughter. She is a big foodie and so loves eating great food (probably too much!), experimenting in the kitchen, reading nerdy vet books and the occasional Douglas Adams novel, drinking amazing coffee, binge-watching sci-fi and fantasy shows on Netflix (when the kids finally go to bed), and participating in activities at her local church.

 

Dr Findy Wills

B.VSc.(Hons1) 
Behaviour Veterinarian

Dr Findy Wills is a fully qualified veterinarian who joined the team at Pet Behaviour Vet in January 2018. She currently works for Pet Behaviour Vet one day a week performing house calls and phone consultations.

Her bio is currently under construction- stay tuned!

We are looking for a third vet!

Do you know anyone who has similar qualifications to our vets above? We are looking for a part-time or casual vet to help us out with our busy caseload.

Please email us with your expression of interest for more information on manager@petbehaviourvet.com.au