Current Management of Canine Anxiety

This lecture examines the ‘psychophysiology’ of anxiety. Dr Seksel takes us on a journey from the definition of emotions to that of anxiety, fears and phobias. She focuses on how genetic predisposition, learning and environment all interconnect to determine what behaviour a particular pet will exhibit and dives into the brain response at both a macroscopic and a cellular level.  The second half of the talk explores practical ways to recognise and diagnose anxiety, before providing a comprehensive management approach based on the 3 M’s +1.

This webinar counts for one (1) CE point.

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Dr Kersti Seksel


Kersti Seksel graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney, then from Macquarie University with a BA in Behavioural Sciences majoring in psychology. She has an MA(Hons) degree and is a registered veterinary specialist in Animal Behaviour, a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Animal Behaviour, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University and a honorary associate at the University of Sydney. Kersti is the principal of a specialist practice for animal behaviour in Sydney and see cases around Australia. She is chair of the NSW Animal Welfare Advisory Council, a Board member of Delta Society and a member of the Special Council of the Pet Professional Guild Australia. She has presented at multiple conferences and meetings nationally and internationally and has published widely. She is a regular presenter on ABC radio in Australia on pet care and behaviour, writes for Dog’s Life and is also a consultant to VIN. Kersti is the author and tutor for the CVE DE course in Behavioural Medicine.