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The Intricacies of Medications

The Intricacies of Medications

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 31, 2024
  • 8:00 PM
  • Live Webinar: AEDT


  • Paid up members of any membership type
  • PPGA Pet Owner members (non paying members) and members of the public

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Presented by Dr Jacqui Ley

Some animals’ problem behaviour don’t respond to training alone. Some require medications but which ones are suitable?

This talk will discuss medications commonly prescribed for behaviour problems in companion animals.

Learning Objectives  

  • Psychotropic medications are being used with greater frequency in companion animal populations to help animals with mental health disorders.
  • While they are very safe medications, they are not benign. The risks are not insignificant.
  • The diagnosis and recommendations of medications for animals is a veterinarian’s responsibility.
  • There’s more to diagnosing and prescribing of meds, we will go into more detail as to why trainers should not diagnose or recommend
  • Work with your local vets or others not against them, keeping in mind their chemistry is better than yours.
  • Best practice- recommend the owner discuss the issue with their veterinarian.

      About The Presenter

      Dr Jacqui Ley

      BVSc(Hons) PhD DECAWBM FANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour)

      Registered Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

      Dr Jacqui Ley was the inaugural Hills TM Resident in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine.  She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995 and worked in companion animal practice in metropolitan Melbourne.  While studying, she recognised veterinary behavioural medicine as an area that brought together her interests in animal behaviour, animal training and the functioning brain.  She obtained her membership to the Veterinary Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in 2000.  Dr Ley completed her PhD, through Monash University, describing a model and building a questionnaire for assessing canine personality.  She has also described the factors that affect the relationships between an owner and their dog.  Other research interests include the human-animal bond and factors affecting this, tests for measuring fear and other behaviours in dogs and the social relationships in dogs and cats.  She was a tutor for the Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare at Monash University. 

      In 2011 she became a diplomat of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine - one of two people to hold this qualification in Australia.  Jacqui was awarded a Fellowship to the ANZCVS in the Chapter of Veterinary Behaviour at Science Week 2013. 

      She currently is the chair of the Advisory Committee for the Delta Institute, helping shape the course for future dog trainers. She is part of the team that presents the Veterinary Behaviour Course for the Centre of Veterinary Education at Sydney University.

      She sees cases at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, lectures on topics in Veterinary Psychiatry and acts as an expert witness in legal cases involving dogs and animal behaviour.

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