We see it through their eyes.

Improving the relationship between pet and owner.

About

Donovan Veterinary Behaviour Practice

Since before she could walk, Hannah has had an exceptional interest and particular way with animals. Hannah’s enthusiasm for understanding life from the animal’s perspective and her seemingly innate ability to communicate with them has driven the path forming a career where she enjoys working closely with animals.

Hannah has worked in small animal practices in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, she has also travelled and volunteered around the world in clinics and shelters, and spent some time working in a large RSPCA hospital and shelter in Sydney, Australia. Hannah has worked as a veterinary surgeon since 2011 and has been seeing behaviour referrals simultaneously since 2013.

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Dr. Hannah Donovan and the supporting team at Donovan Veterinary Behaviour Practice, offer a comprehensive service in the diagnosis, treatment and management of behavioural disorders. We are a referral-only practice, working on veterinary referrals mainly within the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire area, but we can arrange live online consultations at times, if the animal is not within this location. The tailor-made behavioural modification programmes are created for each individual patient, to suit their needs and the needs of their owners, working towards the agreed behavioural aims and outcomes.

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For Vets

Behaviour Referrals

Veterinary referral is essential to ensure we work as a team (behaviourist, vet and owner) to provide practical solutions for the behavioural issues. Moreover, it allows us to consider the medical history of the animal, where pain or other disease processes may influence behaviour. Follow-up support is vital for a successful treatment outcome, remaining in contact and changing techniques where necessary is crucial.

Types of behaviour consultations:

  • Home/Yard visits.
  • Online advice/live video consultations are available if a home visit is not possible due to location.
  • Teaching groups/workshops to enable veterinary and shelter staff to give first aid behaviour advice and understand their patient’s behaviours in more depth.

Horses

Due to the traditional methods of equitation, there is a lot of conflicting advice in the horse world. Over the years, there have been multiple ways to do things, some of these are aversive, some are positive, and many methods are still used today. The large number of ways that are still used and the lack of science-based methods can be extremely confusing for vets, owners, trainers, grooms and handlers.

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for both horse and owner, this may include working on improving a particular relationship between owner and horse, or working with a youngster and introducing new things in a positive way, or working closely with the referring vet to diagnose and manage unwanted behaviours.

Common issues seen:

  • Handling issues
  • Loading/travelling
  • Separation
  • Fear of the vet (fear of needles or examinations)
  • Fear of the farrier
  • Difficulty catching
  • Teaching and handling youngsters

Dogs

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for both dog and owner, using positive, science-based methods. Whilst working closely with the referring vet and owner, we create a Behaviour Modification Programme to suit the individual dog and owner and their situation.

Over the years, there have been many theories on canine behaviour, which therefore resulted in misinterpretation of dog behaviour and miscommunication between humans and dogs. As well as being able to remain up-to-date with science-based approaches, we are also re-educating the general public to move away from the pack-theory and dominance beliefs to more valid explanations for dog behaviours.

Usually, a multi-modal approach to behavioural issues increases the chances of success, these may include a Behaviour Modification Programme tailored to the individual, pheromonatherapy, reward-based training, psychopharmacy, and other interventions if necessary to maximise chances of successful treatment.

Common issues seen:

  • Aggression
    • Dog-dog
    • Human-directed
  • Fear-related issues
    • Strangers
    • Other dogs
    • Sound sensitivities
    • Veterinary visits
    • Handling
  • Separation-related issues
  • House-training issues
  • Hyper-arousal/excitement and learning issues

Cats

Our aim is to improve the quality of life for both cat and owner. Many cats are misunderstood, in the past in general, cats have been treated like a social species, and forced to fit in with the human way of living. This can be quite stressful for a cat, which is why we see certain behaviours displayed, these may either be indicating distress or they may be normal behaviours for the cat, but incompatible when living with humans as they may find them undesirable.

Common issues seen:

  • Inter-cat aggression
  • Multi-cat household issues
  • Toileting issues/house-soiling
  • Fear-related issues
    • Hiding
    • Overgrooming
    • Defensive behaviours
  • Human-directed aggression
  • Scratching or destructive behaviours

Rabbits, Birds & Other Pets

Please contact us if you have a query about a different species not listed here. We are able to offer live video consultations if this is easier/preferred, if not, we can direct you towards a suitably qualified behaviourist in your area.

Veterinary CPD

We have the opportunity for your practice, shelter or company to keep up to date with the latest in behavioural science. We offer CPD on your premises, to suit you, and enable your team to learn more practically and be empowered with up to date knowledge. We also offer online cpd/workshops/seminars which can be tailored to your specific area of work.

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