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Kiwi Vet Behaviour Conference 2023:

Building Better Relationships

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4th-7th August, 2023
Kiwi Vet Behaviour Centre
584 Great South Road, Ellerslie

Join us for our inaugural Kiwi Vet Behaviour Conference where we welcome veterinary professionals and trainers alike.


We believe by working and developing our skills together we can provide the best possible outcome for animals in our care.

Dr Sarah Heath

Keynote Speaker

Sarah qualified from Bristol University and spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. In 2018 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to the profession in recognition of her work in establishing Behavioural Medicine as a veterinary discipline. She is an RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine and an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine on the veterinary undergraduate courses at Liverpool University and the University of Surrey. She is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme and a Veterinary Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She sees clinical cases across North West England.


Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between emotional and physical illness in dogs and cats and particularly in the role of pain. She promotes the recognition of emotional health issues in companion animals and the role of the veterinary profession in safeguarding the welfare of animals in this context. Sarah lectures extensively on behavioural medicine and is an author, co-author and editor of several books including Behavioural Medicine for Small Animals and Feline Behavioural Health and Welfare.

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Dr Jess Beer

Host, Director of Kiwi Vet Behaviour

A qualified Veterinary Behaviourist with over 20 years experience in the animal and veterinary industry in New Zealand and overseas,
Dr Jess Beer is the Founder & Director of Kiwi Vet Behaviour.

Passionate about supporting pet guardians with empathy and science-based care, Jess is thrilled to be creating new spaces for veterinary professionals, trainers and animals to communicate, and to be helping build new connections in the animal industry.


International Speakers

Joining us virtually from all over the world, in real time.

New Zealand Speakers

The following experts will be joining us in-person from all over the country.


Shivaun Statham

Lead Trainer, KVB

Angela Fletcher


Trainer, KVB


Trainer, KVB
Certified FDM,
co-creator of Canineology


Rebekah Watkin-Ward

Trainer, KVB
DipSciTech, APDTNZ Member

Conference Programme

For our conference schedule and speaker topics, download our programme below:

More details to come in the following weeks 


$800 to join us for all 4 days.

Can't make the whole conference?
Single days for $220 each.

Available for full time students 

Enquire for more information.


This conference will be held at the Kiwi Vet Behaviour Training Centre, 584 Great South Rd, Ellerslie, Auckland.

Off street parking is readily available on weekends. Limited off street parking on weekdays, with nearby on-street parking also available.

The Centre is within walking distance of train and bus stops, and is less than half an hour drive from Auckland Airport.

Ellerslie has many accommodation options available, several within walking distance of the Training Centre.

Minimum Viable Diversity Pledge

As an event, Kiwi Vet Behaviour Conference 2023 has signed the Minimum Viable Diversity Pledge. You can find out more about it by following the link below:

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