DR TRACEY HENDERSON - BSc BVMS MANZCVSc (Veterinary Behaviour)
Tracey is our senior veterinarian and graduated from Murdoch University in 2000. Tracey worked at Willunga Veterinary Services as a mixed practice veterinarian. In 2005, Tracey worked in the UK as a vet in both small and mixed practice for 9 months. Tracey then returned to work at Willunga Veterinary Services until she co-founded Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services (formerly known as Adelaide Veterinary Behaviour Services).
Tracey designed and started the puppy preschool classes (based on Kersti Seksel’s format) in 2001 at Willunga Veterinary Services. In 2004 Tracey completed a post graduate course in animal behaviour at Sydney University. Since 2004 Tracey has been offering behaviour consultations at Willunga Veterinary Services, seeing a wide range of cases during this time and until she co-founded and opened AVBS.
In 2008 Tracey became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Veterinary Behaviour by examination. Tracey is one of two South Australian based veterinarians to gain these qualifications. Tracey’s qualifications give her the advantage of being able to diagnose any underlying medical disorders that may be influencing a pet’s behaviour, and to prescribe anti-anxiety medication if necessary in conjunction with a behaviour modification program.
In 2009 Tracey and Tracy became accredited by the dog and cat management board to consult with all dogs that are put under a ‘Dangerous Dog Order’. Tracey has attended numerous seminars and workshops over the last 8 years to help improve and update her behavioural knowledge.
TRACY IRONS - Certificate IV Companion Animal Training
Tracy started working at the RSPCA Lonsdale shelter in 2002 for 6 years. Whilst working at the RSPCA Tracy was involved in behavioural assessments of adopted dogs, and had many hours of hands on training with the dogs. During her time at the RSPCA Tracy developed a strong passion to also help the dogs on the ‘other side’ and to try and prevent them from ending up at the shelter.
Tracy started at Willunga Veterinary Services in 2008 to work alongside Tracey Henderson with behavioural consultations. Since then she has also become a veterinary nurse at Willunga Veterinary Services, which Tracy will continue to do part time. Tracy is actively involved in updating and teaching puppy preschool at Willunga Veterinary Services and will also continue to do so.
In 2009 Tracy, together with Tracey Henderson, became accredited by the dog and cat management board to consult with all dogs that are put under a ‘Dangerous Dog Order’.
In 2010 Tracy received her Certificate 4 in Companion animal training and became a nationally accredited Delta Dog Behaviour Trainer. Tracy is a member of the Delta Professional Dog Trainers Association and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia. Tracy has attended numerous workshops and seminars to continue to update her knowledge and qualifications.
Tracy is the co-founder of Australian Veterinary Behaviour Services AVBS with Dr Tracey Henderson.
DR CHALETTE BROWN BSc DVM
Chalette is originally from South Africa but has lived in Adelaide for more than a decade now. She is a graduate from the first class of the University of Adelaide veterinary school on Roseworthy Campus. Chalette has always had a passion for learning about animal behaviour and is owned by two “special needs” pets. She has attended numerous behaviour conferences, and travelled to Chicago on a scholarship to attend the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior symposium. Chalette works under the supervision of Dr. Henderson to continue to build her skills, and is aiming to complete her Membership exams in behaviour (Australian& New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists) in 2017.
DR EMMA VERMEEREN BSc DVM
Emma grew up on Kangaroo Island where her parents are both veterinarians and as such, becoming a veterinarian was a natural career path. Emma has a menagerie of pets and has been involved in dog and horse training since she was young. She used to help run the local dog obedience club and in 2016 completed her Delta Certificate IV in Companion Animal Training.
Emma graduated the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Adelaide in 2013 and has since worked for her parents for 6 months at the Kangaroo Island Veterinary Clinic, and more recently at Bordertown Veterinary Clinic where she still practices part-time as a general practitioner. In 2017 Emma is undertaking the CVE Behavioural Medicine course.
Emma has two Miniature Schnazuers, Karma and Shelby. Both of which have special needs
DR TEGAN HADLEY BSc (Hons) DVM
Tegan was born and grew up in Darwin, N.T. She moved to Adelaide in 2007 to commence studying Animal Science at the University of Adelaide. She graduated from this degree with first class honours in 2010, completing a research project that focused on animal behavior, demonstrating her early interest in this area. Tegan subsequently entered the veterinary program, going on to graduate with the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Since graduating, she has worked as a general practitioner within the Adelaide Northern Vet Group. Tegan has commenced post graduate studies in animal behavior and seeks to sit her membership exams in the years to come. Tegan currently has one fur baby, a cat named “Albert” and will be growing her fur family in the future.
Our Administration Team
DEB BUCKERFIELD - Finance and Administration
Deb has been part of the AVBS team since the early days and previously worked with Tracey and Tracy in general practice. Deb worked both part time for AVBS and also in general practice before commencing solely at AVBS in 2016. Deb manages the AVBS finances and provides administration support to our veterinarians. Deb has a special needs dog, an elderly silky terrier/poodle cross named Willis. Deb loves travelling and is a passionate Port Power supporter!
ANA COSTA - Rehabilitation Trainer & Reception
Ana is the Rehabilitation Trainer here at AVBS. She has her own little special needs fur-baby at home; a JR x Foxie with generalised anxiety and noise sensitivity – so she understands how much of a challenge it is to live with these special animals. She is here to help any way she can, from helping you understand and follow your treatment plan through to lending an ear on those extra stressful days. Ana has a deep passion for working with animals with mental illness, she prides herself on constantly learning and helping make the lives of these animals – and their families – as happy and stress-free as possible.
Ana is currently completing her Delta Cert IV in Companion Animal Behaviour through the Delta Institute and is a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild.
RENEE SPINKS - Education and Administration
Renee joined the AVBS team in November 2016 and coordinates the education component of the business, scheduling, planning and marketing our comprehensive range of workshops, seminars and webinars. With a passion for animals, Renee has found her dream job. Previously Renee worked at Flinders University for 7 years in an Executive Assistant role within a research and industry training facility. Renee has two dogs, Billie (Red Heeler x Staffy) and Bandit (Kelpie) and a bearded dragon named Lizzie.
MIKAELA BANDIERA - Reception
Mikaela is currently studying at Flinders University, finishing off her final year in a double degree of a Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) and a Bachelor of Environmental Science. She has completed her Certificate II in Animal studies and previously worked in a dog day care. She has worked on various conservation led research projects with wallabies, wombats, seals and penguins. She has however, decided to follow her passion in learning more about dog behaviour and positive training methods, and is about to begin her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services through the Delta Society. She currently has a 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier, and a pet turtle and cockatiel!