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The Presenters



Sarah qualified from Bristol University and spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992.  She is an RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine. 

In 2018 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to the profession.

Sarah is an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine at Liverpool University and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme. She sees clinical cases across North West England.

In 2002 Sarah became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (formerly the ECVBM-CA) and served as President from 2002 to 2008. She served as Treasurer of the College from 2011 to 2017 and is currently the chair of the Behavioural Medicine Credentialing Committee.

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 at home and abroad on behavioural topics and is an author, co-author and editor of several books including Behavioural Medicine for Small Animals and Feline Behavioural Health and Welfare, both published by Elsevier.

Dr Gaille Perry BVSc, MACVSc (Animal Behaviour), PhD, DipEd, BEdSt, Cert IV in Training and Assessment, CMAVA leading Veterinary Behaviourist

GailleGaille holds University of Queensland degrees in Veterinary Science and Educational Studies and is a qualified teacher.   She gained a Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1993 and a PhD in Animal Behaviour in 1999.  Following retirement from her full time teaching position to pursue other interests, she devotes her time to directing an accredited course for dog trainers for Delta Society Australia, consulting to the RSPCA and occasionally consulting at the Sydney Animal Behaviour Service.

In a past life Gaille bred, trained and showed Border Collies, Old English Sheepdogs and Arabian Horses but she now shares her home with a geriatric Belgian Shepherd, two Salukis and an Ocicat.




 Natalie Watson


Natalie Watson has a background in IT, training and education and providing tutoring services for young adults with learning difficulties. 

Natalie started out working with shelter animals on a volunteer basis in 1996.

Her passion about reducing the number of dogs with anxiety disorders ending up in rescue shelters or living in home environments they find too difficult, led her to completing her Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services with the Delta Society in 2007 and Dr Susan Friedman's Living and Learning with Animals Certificate in 2013.

She has been running her own business “What A Dog Needs” since 2004 and has strong interests in both dog and cat behaviour, as well as the care and support of senior animals, including pain management.

Natalie is a qualified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Instructor and Assessor. She is a member of the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals (AABP), the Delta Institute and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).  Natalie currently lives in Sydney with her husband John and their beautiful geriatric dog Summer.