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Dr Sarah Heath

Sarah Heath
  • Location: Chester
  • Year of Fellowship: 2018
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Field of work

Clinical practice (private)

Areas of special interest

  • Veterinary Behavioural Medicine

Areas of support

  • One Health Agenda
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement

Professional positions

  • Visiting lecturer in Veterinary Behavioural medicine at University of Liverpool,
  • Chair of the BM Credentials Committee of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine,
  • Member of the Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) Accreditation committee of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB).


Sarah qualified from Bristol and spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992.

In 2018 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in recognition of her work in establishing Behavioural Medicine as a veterinary discipline. She is an RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine.

Sarah is an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine on the veterinary undergraduate courses at Liverpool University and the University of Surrey. She is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme and registered as a Veterinary Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She sees clinical cases across North West England.

In 2002 Sarah became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (formerly the ECVBM-CA) and served as President from 2002 to 2008. She served as Treasurer of the College from 2011 to 2017 and is currently the chair of the Behavioural Medicine Credentialing Committee.

Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between emotional and physical illness in dogs and cats and particularly in the role of pain. She promotes the recognition of emotional health issues in companion animals and the role of the veterinary profession in safeguarding the welfare of animals in this context.

Sarah lectures at home and abroad and is an author, co-author and editor of several books

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