B.VSc. MANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour)
Dr Diana So is a fully qualified Veterinarian with further training and experience in veterinary behavioural medicine. She is available for behaviour consultations in Sydney on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and occasionally on Saturdays.
Early interest in Behavioural Medicine
Dr Diana has had an interest in animal behaviour and training from before she had even started her degree to study to be a vet. Her interest in behavioural medicine started when she became a dog mum to a unique Siberian Husky at the start of her university degree. She discovered the hard way that all the popular beliefs about animal behaviour were not up to date and were ineffective for dogs that had special personalities. Even throughout vet school, there was not much education on these types of medical problems. After actively pursuing information and education in this field after graduating, she discovered a whole world of knowledge within the emerging field of behavioural medicine and knew that this was the path she would like to take in her vet career.
Dr Diana has a passion for helping and guiding dog and cat parents who have pets that they find difficult to understand or manage. She finds great joy in educating people and as a result, improving the quality of life for these animals in ways that they thought was not possible.
Qualifications and Experience
Dr Diana graduated from the University of Sydney in 2015. Since then she has mostly worked in small animal practices in Sydney, but did spend a year in the UK locuming at small animal practices there to experience life on the other side of the world.
In 2022 Dr Diana was awarded a Membership (by examination) of the Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. This means that she has proven by examination to be highly knowledgeable in the field of veterinary behavioural medicine.
Continuing Professional Education
- CVE Distance Education in Behaviour Medicine with Dr Kersti Seksel, arguably the gold standard course for behaviour vets in Australia. This is a year-long course.
- Cats Protection Cat Behaviour Conference (2021)
- AVBIG RoadshowSydney (2015)
She has attended various behaviour webinars, including:
- “Canine Aggression Case Studies”
- “So the dog has a behaviour problem? When do you refer to a trainer and when to refer to a veterinary behaviourist?”
- “How to Treat Aggression Cases in Practice”
- “What is the Cause of Aggression?”
- “Who says I am not in pain?: the relationship between canine pain and behaviour”
- “Optimising the feline environment at home and in the practice”
- “Feline behaviour for General Practitioners: Focus on House-soiling and Idiopathic Cystitis”
Dr Diana is also a member of the AVSAB (The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior) and a Puppy Preschool Instructor.