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Dr Aileen Pypers graduated from Onderstepoort in 2010 and has worked as a state veterinarian since then. In 2012 she completed an additional course in veterinary behaviour medicine and started offering behaviour consultations on a part time basis. She has been providing a referral behaviour service to TAH since February 2016 and has already assisted many dogs and cats as well as their owners. From May 2018, Dr Pypers is offering a behaviour service to the TAH group on a fulltime basis.
What exactly does this entail? Clients who would like a behaviour consultation need to contact Rozanne (Belville branch) to make an appointment. There is an extensive online history questionnaire that needs to be completed at least 48 hours before the consultation [click here for the questionnaire]. During the consultation, this information is discussed further in order to make a diagnosis and develop an appropriate, achievable treatment program which may include medication, behaviour modification techniques and environmental management. Dr Pypers only advocates positive reinforcement training methods for behaviour modification. Consultations are an hour long and are either conducted at one of the branch practices or at your home.
Problems that Dr Pypers can assist with include:
She also offers pre-adoption counselling for clients thinking of adopting a pet as well as post adoption counselling for clients who have adopted a pet in the previous two weeks.
Depending on the need and the problem, clients are either seen once off and supported remotely (telephone and email) thereafter or seen for shorter follow up appointments after the initial consultation.
Eleven easily accessible branches located in the greater Cape Town, Northern Suburbs and beyond: