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Consultations

 


Typical Cases

Dogs



Cats

 

  • aggression
  • barking
  • destructiveness
  • escaping
  • noise phobias
  • house-soiling
  • tail-chasing, "fly-catching", flank-sucking
  • show-ring phobia
  • disobedience & training problems
  • timidity
  • refusal to eat from dish
  • selection of appropriate pet
  • urine-spraying
  • house-soiling
  • aggression to cats and people
  • timidity
  • scratching furniture
  • finicky eating
  • selection of appropriate pet


Types of Consultations


House Call (or other place)
Most effective and frequent type
Usually in owner's home, as that is where the problem often occurs
May be in a street, park, obedience club or other place
Ideally the problem will be reproduced, as that is most informative
However that is not always safe or possible
The advantages are: seeing the behaviour at first hand, or the usual behaviour in that environment;
the physical and social details of that environment; and lack of travel for owner and patient
The disadvantage is that it is the most expensive type

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Telephone
Second most frequent type
Interpretation is mainly based on owner’s description of behaviour

Written information and video recordings also help.
The advantages are: early availability of appointment; lack of travel; and cost
The disadvantages are that the behaviour and environment are not seen at first hand

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Veterinary Centre
Regularly available at certain veterinary centres in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide
Occasionally available at other centres in Australia and overseas
The advantages are that the patient's behaviour can be seen in at least one environment,
and it is cheaper than a house call
The disadvantages are that the behaviour and environment in question may not be seen,
the owner and patient have to travel; and the patient may show undesirable behaviour in the centre

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Follow-Up
Occasionally required
May be needed for fine-tuning or changing treatment
Usually be done by telephone
Can also be done house call (or other place) or in a veterinary centre
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Please Note: Not by E-Mail
It is not practical to consult effectively or to give informed advice by e-mail
Effective diagnosis and explanation of the options for modification require an intensive question and answer session
This is best done verbally
However, you are most welcome to e-mail, fax or post background information before a consultation


What You Receive

The time and expertise of a veterinary and animal behaviour graduate
An explanation, to the best of our ability and understanding, of why the behaviour occurred
An explanation of the scientific (evidence-based) options for modifying or managing the behaviour
Relevant handouts of ours that are available
A printed summary of the consultation
A copy of the summary to your referring or usual veterinarian, unless otherwise requested
Liaison with your veterinarian for any clinical tests or medication that may be required


Typical Procedure During Consult


The following is a typical sequence for a house call (or other place) consultation
Veterinary centre and telephone consultations contain appropriate parts


Observe
Seeing the behaviour and the environment in question first hand is the most informative
Sometimes it is neither possible nor desirable to reproduce the behaviour
An example would be aggression towards children
Video recordings, sound recordings, photographs, diary, and observation in a clinic are useful

Question & Answer
Further information is obtained by a series of questions
The more the information from more sources the better

Identify Causes
You will be given our interpretation of the reasons for the behaviour

Explain Modification Options
The options available for reducing, eliminating or suppressing the behaviour will be explained

Help You Decide
You will be offered as much help as you wish to decide upon the best course of action in the circumstances

Provide Handouts
During a face-to-face consult you will be given any of our handouts that are relevant
After a phone consult any relevant handouts relevant will be sent to you
Normally this is by letter post, unless other delivery arrangements are made, such as by fax or e-mail


Procedure After Consult

We will contact your referring or usual veterinarian, if a veterinary examination or prescription is required
We will send you a written summary of the consult
We will send your referring and/or usual veterinarian a copy of your printed summary, unless you request otherwise
If you require a follow-up consultation it can normally be done by telephone
Follow-up consultations can also be done by house calls (or other places) or in veterinary centres


Preparation for Consult

It is a good idea to write down as much as you can about the behaviour beforehand
Putting it down on paper or the computer screen jogs the memory and helps refine your thoughts
Owners often say that it has been a useful exercise
By leaving the written history in a prominent place, such as the meals area, others are likely to comment
They may see things differently, and possibly add things that you never knew
It's a good idea to start early, as it will grow into a better document with time and thought
Asking neighbours, visitors, acquaintances or local officers about their observations provides valuable information
Involving them in the diagnosis and treatment shows that you are doing something about the problem
This often increases their cooperation and tolerance
Video recordings, sound recordings, photographs and diary of the behaviour provide valuable information
We will arrange to get any relevant veterinary records from your referring or usual veterinarian


Success

Success means different things to different people
Some owners want an instant, complete and permanent change in behaviour
Others are happy knowing they are doing the right thing in the circumstances
There is often no "cure" available
It may be that the best we can do is to help you control and manage the behaviour
We consider the consult to have been successful when you are happy with the service provided


Guarantee

We Do
We guarantee to do our best to help you understand the causes and options for modifying the behaviour

We Do Not
We do not guarantee that the behaviour will be changed or modified to your satisfaction
We do not believe that the behaviour of an animal can be guaranteed
Many factors influence its behaviour, and these are not always controllable
For instance, a dog may suddenly develop a sore ear and bite you when you touch that area
Responsibility for the animal’s behaviour remains with the owner, guardian or caretaker


Consultation Fees

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Other Services

 

Investigations



Have been carried out for universities, government agencies and animal welfare organisations
Examples are:
- Barking by dogs in kennels
- Behaviour, welfare and management of dogs in a long-stay facility
- Behaviour, welfare and management of cats in an animal welfare colony
- Behaviour, welfare and management of sheep in close confinement
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Reports

Consultation
Please note that a written summary will normally be sent to you and your referring and/or usual veterinarian
The exception would be when you request otherwise
The written summary is part of the service covered by the consultation fee
A more extensive report can be written for an additional charge
Such a report may, for example, be required for legal purposes
The fee for writing such a report of a consult in Australia is $242.00 for up to 60 minutes and in proportion if it is longer than that
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A written quotation will be provided at the time of commissioning, if requested
Settlement is required within 14 days of the report having been delivered

Expert Opinion
Dr Robert Holmes has written expert opinions on animal behaviour issues for various courts in Australia
The fee for writing an expert opinion report for Australian jurisdiction is $242.00 for up to 60 minutes and in proportion if it is longer
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A written quotation will be provided at the time of commissioning, if requested
Settlement is required from the requesting solicitor within 14 days of the report having been delivered

Investigation
Reports on investigations can be prepared
The fee for writing a report of an investigation in Australia is $242.00 for up to 60 minutes and in proportion if it is longer
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A written quotation will be provided at the time of commissioning, if requested
Settlement is required within 14 days of the report having been delivered
 
Report Fees
A written quotation will be provided at the time of commissioning, if requested
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Delivery Format & Date
The format and date of delivery will normally be agreed upon at the time of commissioning This information will be provided in writing at the time of commissioning, if requested.


Media

Experience
Dr Robert Holmes has had extensive experience over 35 years as a media commentator on animal behaviour issues

Availability
Phone 0419 384 922 (international +61 4 1938 4922) for availability

Fees
There is no charge for media interviews

Contact
Phone 0419 384 922 (international +61 4 1938 4922) for the fastest response


Expert Witness

Qualification
Dr Robert Holmes has appeared as an expert witness in the Federal Court of Australia, County Courts of Victoria and New South Wales, and the Victorian Civil & Administrative Tribunal
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Report
Dr Robert Holmes has written expert opinions on animal behaviour issues for various courts in Australia
The fee for writing an expert opinion report for an Australian jurisdiction is $242.00 for up to 60 minutes and in proportion if it is longer
A written quotation will be provided at the time of commissioning, if requested
Contact us for fees and terms for services outside Australia

Species & Issues
Dogs: aggression to people; aggression to dogs; chasing horse resulting in human injury; reason for lying on highway; use of electronic collars
Horses: behaviour resulting in injuries to riders
Cattle: behaviour resulting in injuries to handlers
Sheep: ram aggression to human resulting in injury

Cancellation
A fee applies if a request is cancelled for Dr Robert Holmes to be available to attend court on a specified day or days
Within Australia the fee is $242.00 per day or part of a day
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Preparation
The fee for cases within Australia is $242.00 for up to 60 minutes and in proportion if it is longer
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Waiting at Court
The fee within Australia is $242.00 for up to 60 minutes and in proportion if it is longer
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Giving Evidence
The fee within Australia is $242.00 for up to 60 minutes and in proportion if it is longer
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Travel

Time spent travelling from Camberwell to court, offices or chambers and return is $121.00 per hour or pro rata
Any personal car mileage from Camberwell to court, offices or chambers and return is 88 cents per km
Any parking, tolls, air fares, airport taxes, taxi fares, rental car expenses and travel insurance are at cost

Accommodation and Meals
Any meals and accommodation are at cost

Terms
Settlement is required from the requesting solicitor within 14 days of the completion of each item of service


Talks



Presentations
A presentation is a talk requiring preparation, such as to a seminar or as a panellist
Presentations may be with or without audiovisual aids
Within Australia without visual aids the charge is $726.00 for up to one hour, and in proportion if it is longer
Within Australia with visual aids the charge is $968.00 for up to one hour and in proportion if it is longer
These charges exclude the supply of any data projector, projection screen or sound system
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Other Attendance
This is when attendance but no presentation is requested
An example would be informal discussion with individual members of the public at an Open Day
Within Australia the charge is $242.00 for up to one hour and in proportion if it is longer
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Notes for Audience
Notes of the presentation for the audience can be provided if required
Within Australia the charge is $121.00 per page
This charge excludes the costs for copying the notes for the audience
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Permission will be given to copy the notes for members of the audience
The author retains copyright unless other arrangements are made

Places & Availability
Talks can be organised to fit in with consultation visits as given in Places & Availability
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Travel
Time spent travelling from Camberwell to the event and return is $121.00 per hour or pro rata
Any personal car mileage from Camberwell to the event and return is 88 cents per km
Any parking, tolls, air fares, airport taxes, taxi fares, rental car expenses and travel insurance are at cost

Accommodation and Meals
Any meals and accommodation are at cost

Media Interviews
There is no charge for media interviews related to the event

Terms
Settlement is required at the time of the event by cheque, electronic funds transfer, cash, MasterCard or Visa


Articles



Articles for Seminars
Notes of the presentation for the audience can be provided if required
Within Australia the charge is $121.00 per page
This charge excludes the costs for copying the notes for the audience
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Articles for Publication
Contact us to discuss your requirements


Other

Contact us to discuss your ideas or requests for other services.