‘My work is about improving quality of life – for pets and their families. Whilst the work involves treating and managing behaviour and mental health problem in pets, my focus is often on building and maintaining the human animal bond. Its about finding the best ways for pets and people to live together, celebrating what each brings to the relationship.’
Dr. Gabrielle Carter is a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviourist and registered Veterinary Specialist in Animal Behaviour. She worked with cats and dogs in general veterinary practice for many years, before undertaking a 3 year behaviour residency at Purdue University in the USA, completing research into the impact of thyroid hormone on dog behaviour, and passing Board examinations. That makes her pretty much like an Animal Psychiatrist. She has lectured widely throughout Australia, educating trainers, veterinarians, veterinary nurses and the public. Her skills have led her to not only work to help owners improve their pet’s behavioural well being, but also to advocate for pets in court hearings and cruelty cases and consult with industry bodies and welfare organisations regarding animal behaviour and welfare.
After a childhood shared with cats, dogs, birds, horses and other animals that found their way to her family home, her career as a veterinarian and behaviour specialist has provided the pathway for providing a holistic approach to animal well-being, encompassing treatment of mental and physical health.
Gabrielle has long association with the RSPCA, starting as a new veterinary graduate and returning again after working in private practice to the role of Chief Veterinarian, and more recently as the Animal Behaviour and Rehabilitation Specialist. Her commitment to improving animal welfare has seen her work with several shelters and served on various animal ethics committees and has culminated in veterinary behaviour where she helps improve the quality of life for pets and their owners on a daily basis.