Helping you and your pets live better lives.
This centre brings together a team of qualified individuals who are able to provide owners of pets with effective, practical and compassionate animal behaviour treatment.
The pet behaviour industry is unregulated and full of misinformation, and advice that may even be dangerous. It is time to have a place where you can trust that your pet will be treated with professional and evidence-based solutions to any and every problem.
Our team is committed to ongoing research and learning and we remain at the forefront of modern animal behaviour practice. It is our goal to provide you with a service that allows you and your pets to live happier and
healthier lives together.
How do you know I’m the best person to help your dog?
Anyone can claim to be a behaviourist, but only an accredited veterinary behaviourist has all of the tools to help your family member. With so much at stake it’s vital that you’re not misled into believing that someone is more qualified than they are.
We know how animals learn and how their brains work, which means I won’t just address the unwanted behaviour, but will figure out why the behaviour appeared in the first place. We will develop an individualised, holistic wellbeing plan and give you and your pet the skills and support you need to succeed.
We provide evidence based and ethical treatment plans provided with regular contact and support from Dr Jess: a qualified Veterinary Behaviourist with over 20 years experience in the animal and veterinary industry, both here and overseas.
We care deeply about animals and strive every day to improve their wellbeing.Your pet matters and we are here to help both you and your beloved family member.
Dr Jess Beer
As an accredited veterinary behaviourist you know that I’m not just accountable to you and your dog, but also to the professional bodies I’m accredited to. I have been meticulously tested by the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and as part of my accreditation, I am required to complete further professional development each year. This means you can be sure of getting the most modern, scientifically proven methodologies to help your dog. I will help you find the behaviour you want, and give you and your dog the skills to make sure that’s the behaviour that shows up more often. I won’t necessarily need to ‘teach’ your dog anything, but help them develop the skills they need to live a full, happy and anxiety free life.
What is a Veterinary Behaviourist?
We are highly skilled, fully qualified veterinarians that have then gone on to specialise in behaviour. We can create a truly effective plan for your furry family member that may include medication, carefully controlled desensitisation, and other scientifically proven methods like positive reinforcement to help your pet thrive.
A qualified veterinary behaviourist won’t try and sell you a ‘quick fix’ collar because they know that animal behaviours can be very complex, and while a punishment may mask the issue temporarily, it won’t help your family member in the long run. In many cases those tools will make things even worse, as the punishment techniques (often described as aversion, negative reinforcement or balanced training) can actually increase fearful or aggressive responses.
If someone is advocating punishments like shock or citronella collars, promoting the long disproven ‘dominance’ or pack theory, or offering you a quick fix or set timeframe for when issues will resolve, odds are they are not a qualified behaviourist. They may actually make things worse.
When you choose Kiwi Vet Behaviour you can be sure of scientifically supported, ethical treatment plans and perhaps most importantly, ongoing wraparound support. I know that living with a fearful or aggressive pet is immensely challenging. When you choose Kiwi Vet Behaviour you know that have every aspect of your pets physical and mental health covered, and you can rest easy that you are doing the best for your pet.
Meet The Team
Hi! I’m Shivaun, I have worked in the Animal Industry for over 25 years. My first qualification was a certificate in Veterinary Nursing, and I have worked across a wide range of animal related roles. I undertook further study in animal behaviour, completing my Certificate of Canine Behaviour and Training and a Certificate in Animal Welfare at UNITEC. I then went on to complete a Bachelor in Applied Animal Technology, majoring in Animal Behaviour. I have been a Dog Trainer for 16 years. For the last two years I have been working with Dr Jess Beer at Kiwi Vet Behaviour, specialising in aggressive behaviour. I am committed to using fear free, scientifically supported, progressive reinforcement training. I continue to undertake ongoing education, having recently completed The Aggression in Dogs Master Course. I am an Accredited Dog Trainer with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants and an Endorsed Dog Trainer with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand. I am also an accredited Animal Trainer and Animal Training Instructor with the Companion Animal Council of New Zealand. I am incredibly privileged to be part of the Kiwi Vet Behaviour Team.
Hi I’m Angela, I have been a veterinary nurse since 2003 and I have loved teaching puppy classes since 2006. I teach dogs and even cats and rabbits using positive reinforcement techniques.
I am Fear Free elite certified, a member of APDTNZ, completed my Delta Certification in Animal Behaviour and Training, and have a Level 2 Coopertive Care Certificate. Currently, I am completing the Aggression in Dogs Master Course.
I enjoy helping people and their families set their pets up for success and to understand and improve communication with their pets. I love helping bridge the training and veterinary worlds by building confidence in the veterinary clinic and teaching cooperative care to give dogs the ability to consent to medications, handling and treatment without using fear or force.
Hi, I'm Viviela, a dog trainer who joined the Kiwi Vet Behaviour team in November 2023. I have always had a deep passion towards canine companions. I volunteered at the SPCA for 3 years which sparked the idea of working with dogs.
I studied Dog Training and Behaviour at UNITEC graduating in 2020. Throughout my studies I gained work experience in daycares, puppy classes and pack walks.
After receiving my qualification I adopted a rescue, worked at a dog walking company, and in early 2022 started my own training business. I drive to be a positive, fun and exciting trainer. It brings me joy to build relationships between dogs and their owners.
Margaret’s career began in Marketing and Event Management soon after graduating from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Communications.
After volunteering in animal rescue, she decided to change career paths and began working at the SPCA Auckland.
Over the course of 4-years, Margaret worked in Administration and as a Canine Attendant at the SPCA. She took a career break to have a family and is now an Administrator at Kiwi Vet Behaviour.
Margaret is responsible for overall day-to-day office administration, class/workshop registrations and coordination. She manages our social media platforms and assists with Dr Jess Beer's schedule.
Guest Trainer - Tricks
Manako is passionate about helping dogs and their owners through positive training methods and games. She is Full Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers New Zealand (APDTNZ), Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Registered Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Trainer, Assessor for Canine Good Basics, Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) (Do More With Your Dog!), Certified Dog Sports Foundation Trainer (FDSA), Certified Instructor of Rally Freestyle Elements, and Fear Free Certified Professional. Manako has been instructing tricks/heelwork to music classes and she became New Zealand’s first Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) for DMWYD in 2015. With her own Beagles, she has achieved various titles and awards in various dog sports and activities, such as Obedience, Rally Obedience, Agility, and Musical Freestyle, Rally Freestyle Elements, Tricks, Canine Good Citizen, and Cooperative Care
Guest Trainer - Scent Work
Sarah has a Certificate in Canine Behaviour and Training from Unitec Insitute of Technology. She would describe her methods as evidence-based and practical. She belongs to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers New Zealand and has been working with dogs professionally for three years. Sarah specialises in sports training and breed-specific training for high-drive dogs. She also has a background working with rehabilitating reactive dogs, as well as helping us here at Kiwi Vet Behaviour with select cases. Sarah also shares her life with her three German Shepherds; Charlie, Mantis and Rou.