Behaviour Veterinarian Lucy Scott – A Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Behaviour

Veterinarian Dr Lucy Scott – Behaviour Veterinarian – Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists – Veterinary Behaviour | image supplied

Lucy started off in a rural mixed animal practice – where she spent six years before pursuing her dream of making a difference in animals’ lives through behaviour modification and training. 

Lucy uses positive reinforcement training with her own animals and introduced fear-free principles into her former practice.

This year – 2021 – Lucy sat her Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Membership exams in Veterinary Behaviour and started her business Veterinary Behaviour Services NZ.

“Vet Behaviour” questions Julie asked Lucy

What was required for you to become a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists – Veterinary Behaviour?

Are you a Specialist? What’s involved to become a Specialist?

What did you especially like studying / learning?

What is a Behaviour Veterinarian – what’s the difference between that and say, a trainer?

Can working with you save an animal from being put down? Euthanised?

Do you work in-clinic?

What would other veterinarians look for with a patient to refer to you?

Petition to Get2Vets into NZ

Get2VetsNZ Petition:

Allocate two MIQ spaces per week to visa-approved veterinarians

Petition request

That the House of Representatives require the allocation of two Managed Isolation & Quarantine (MIQ) spaces per week to allow veterinarians who have been approved by Immigration New Zealand to enter New Zealand.

Petition reason

I – Julie South – believe New Zealand has a dire veterinarian shortage and urgently needs vets from overseas.

Even though Immigration NZ has approved special exceptions for veterinarians to work in New Zealand, they are waiting what I believe are extreme lengths of time for MIQ spaces. In my view, human and animal welfare are at crisis levels because clinics are closing and withdrawing after-hours emergency services, and veterinary professionals’ mental health is at crisis levels.



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