Dr Emily Lucas is a fully qualified veterinarian with further training and experience in the field of veterinary behavioural medicine. She is available for behaviour consultations on Tuesdays and Thursdays and occasional Mondays and Saturdays.
Early interest in Behavioural Medicine
Dr Lucas developed an interest in animal behaviour and training when she adopted her first dog ‘Frankie’, embarking on a formal dog training qualification. It wasn’t until she adopted her second dog ‘Biscuit’ that she truly comprehended how much impact a pet with behavioural issues can have on both the pet and family.
Since then she has followed her passion and immersed herself into the field animal behaviour and is constantly trying to learn new and different techniques to help her understand the world through her patients’ eyes.
Qualifications and Experience
Dr Lucas completed a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney in 2011, and is a registered Veterinarian with the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW. She initially went on to complete a year-long internship in equine medicine and surgery. Dr Lucas began her career as a small animal veterinarian in a busy south Sydney practice where she has been working for the past 7 years and been able to gain a well-rounded general practice experience.
In addition to her work as a veterinarian, Dr Lucas has a strong interest in dog training. She has spent countless hours training her own dogs, and has even designed and conducted Puppy Preschool classes at her previous workplace.
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Veterinary behavioural medicine is an ever-evolving field, with current recommendations becoming rapidly superceded by even newer and more exciting research.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 Lucas has completed Dr Kersti Seksel’s year-long distance education course in Behavioural Medicine through the CVE, arguably the gold standard course for behaviour vets in Australia. She has also completed her Fear Free certification. She is currently enrolled in the Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (dog training) run by the Delta Institute, and plans to sit exams to become a member of the Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in mid-2021 (which she originally planned to sit in 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID crisis).
When Dr Lucas is not working or furthering her knowledge about behavioural medicine she spends time with her young family and dogs at her home in Sydney’s inner west. In her limited spare time you will find her at her local pilates studio or exploring the outdoors with friends.