About Katrina

Qualifications

Dr Katrina Ward BVSc MANZCVS  BMA graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1992 and the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Musical Arts in 2018.

She has worked as a veterinarian in Australia and England for 20+ years, with all types of animals from turtles to cattle, in all forms from orthopaedic surgery to cancer therapy.

Since studying behavioural medicine and focusing on the mental welfare of her patients, she has acquired Membership (by examination) to the Australia and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2008.

"Membership of the College is an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon's knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary science. Membership is an indication to the profession and the general public of an advanced practitioner representing a middle-tier of knowledge, competence and experience in a specific area of veterinary practice. Membership is not a specialist qualification. Membership requires examination with members signified by Post Nominals MANZCVS. (Quoted from the ANZCVS)

Associations

Katrina is a member of the Australian Veterinary Association, member of the International Society of Anthrozoology and served as President of the Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group.She has been appointed to the Special Council of the Pet Professional Guild Australia and works with local Councils on many actions, including the Southern Cat Management Working Group.

Katrina's Approach

Katrina’s passion is about helping to keep pets and their people together; harmoniously and kindly and to ensure the welfare of all species is respected.

Her thorough approach will include observing your pet’s behaviour, assessing them for medical problems which may be contributing to the problem, explaining why they are behaving as they are, provide individualised and scientifically proven solutions to meet the needs of you and your pet and give ongoing support. She can also prescribe appropriate medication if this is necessary.

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"Lily came from NSW RSPCA a very nervous, noisy little dog. We tried to calm her down, reassure her, give treats, but nothing worked. She barked at everyone and everything. Katrina was our dog whisperer and she had all the answers and a special something. She helped us transform our Lily. We now have a very friendly, sweet little bundle of love that we can take anywhere. She’s happy, and so are we. Thank you Katrina."

Wendy, Kaoota

"Dear Katrina, Thank you so much for all your advice and support with my cat. She really was the “Cat from Hell” and now is quite tolerable. My one regret is that I didn’t contact you sooner. It isn’t overstating to say you’ve saved my sanity and her life."

Manina, East Launceston

" I found the class really great. I learnt a lot about why a puppy does something and how to deal with unwanted behaviour. Also, the reward system works great and I have found it to be an excellent way to train my puppy."

Lynette

“My miniature poodle puppy was very frightened and anxious. I spoke with my vet who referred us to Dr. Katrina Ward. I was able to speak to Katrina and voice my concerns and she made a time to visit us in our home environment. From this first contact I felt so confident with Katrina and her ability to see Maisie's problems. Katrina gave me the skills, knowledge and a plan to help manage Maisie's insecurities as well as a folder with many hints and tips. I was able to keep in touch with Katrina by phone and email over the next few months until I felt Maisie had become more settled. I now have a very happy, relaxed and friendly little dog. My sincere thanks go to Katrina for her professionalism, care, compassion and understanding.”

Ruth Austin, New Town