Pet Perspective is my veterinary behaviour and education practice. My passion is sharing information about animal behaviour with vets, trainers and pet owners. My background as a veterinary scientist means that my focus is on scientifically-sound, force-free methods of teaching the animals that share our lives. You can find more information about me below.

I hope that you enjoy my website! 

- Dr Jen

Photo by Steve Martin of Natural Encounters, Inc.
Dr Jen Nesbitt-Hawes BVSc (Hons) MVSt (Wild Med) MANZCVS (Vet Behaviour)


Dr Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) from Sydney University in 2001. She started work in mixed practice in Queensland and developed her interest in veterinary behaviour, completing the CVE Postgraduate course in Veterinary Behaviour in 2003. 

Her veterinary career has led her around the world, including locum work in the United Kingdom, experience with game animals in South Africa, a Masters in Wildlife Medicine (studying Orang-Utans in Sumatra) and back to small animal practice at Doyalson Animal Hospital where she practiced for six years. Dr Jen completed her Low Stress Handling certification during this time.


Her passion for animal behavioural science has been a big part of her work. She has attended many continuing education courses and offered behaviour consultations in the veterinary clinics at which she has worked. In 2013 she attended the Natural Encounters Contemporary Animal Training and Management Workshop in Florida USA. In 2014, Dr Jen was accepted as a Member of the Behaviour Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science by examination (one of only 75 Behaviour Veterinarians in Australia/New Zealand with this qualification). She has recently served as the Behaviour Chapter President.


Dr Jen has been running puppy classes since 2002, has previously competed in canine agility trials and is a member of the Australian Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professionals Guild. She is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association and the Australian Veterinarians Behaviour Interest Group. She is also an administrator for an international Facebook forum: the Behaviour Veterinarians Discussion Group.


She lives with her husband, their daughter (who is currently training them in the Way of the Toddler), and a cat (and office assistant) named Kitty-le-Mew. 

Please note that Dr Jen is not a registered specialist in veterinary behaviour. Veterinary Behaviour is a field Jen is passionate about, and currently all her workload is behaviour based. Dr Jen keeps up to date with the most ethical and effective methods of treating animals with behaviour problems, and is comfortable discussing cases referred by both animal trainers and veterinarians. However, she is not a Veterinary Behaviour Specialist. There are only two people with such high-level qualifications in Australia offering private consultations. The nearest is Dr Kersti Seksel of Sydney Animal Behaviour Service. You may wish to see a Specialist in order to:

  • Achieve the best possible results in the shortest period of time

  • Gain peace of mind – knowing that you have sought out every option for dealing with your pet’s behaviour

  • Minimise harm- if your pet poses a threat to other people or animals

Continuing Education

To keep up with scientific advances in the field of behavioural science, and to provide clients with the most up-to-date information, Dr Jen regularly engages in continuing education. In fact, she's a bit of a conference addict!

Here are some of the events and conferences that Dr Jen has attended recently:




Developing Emotional Intelligence in Puppies (Dr Sarah Heath)

Learning about Learning (Dr Susan Friedman, Peta Clarke)

Emotional Health and the Vet Practice (Dr Sarah Heath)

Delta Institute Dog Behaviour Conference: Exploring the Relevance of Dog Emotional Health in Training (Dr Sarah Heath, Dr Gaille Perry, Natalie Watson)


PPGA Australian summit (Chirag Patel, Kathy Sdao, Dr Kat Gregory)

Puppy School online webinar series Royal Canin (Dr Kersti Seksel, Dr Jess Beer)

Thank you for visiting my website! I am currently on maternity leave. Don't worry -  I am still able to provide Puppy Manuals and other puppy school support materials, but it just may take me a few days to reply to your email. 


Please note that I am not offering behaviour consultations at this time. For alternative referral options please click here.

Kind regards,


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