Meet Dr Kate Mornement

BSc(Hons), PhD

Kate is a PhD qualified Animal Behaviourist, media personality, educator, expert witness and freelance writer. She writes for several magazines and web-based publications and is regularly sought by media in relation to animal behaviour. See the ‘Media‘ page for more information and links to some of Kate’s latest articles and media activities.

Kate has had a life-long passion for animals and keen interest in their behaviour and welfare. Having owned many pets throughout her life including dogs, cats, parrots and rabbits, she currently has a Boxer called Archie and a reclassified guide dog Labrador Retriever called Joseph.


Kate’s qualifications and experience:


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Canine behaviour (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia).
  • Bachelor of Science with first class Honours in Zoology – Animal Behaviour (LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia).
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia).

Professional Courses:

  • Professional Animal Training Workshop (Ken Ramirez, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago USA).
  • Contemporary Animal Training & Management (Steve Martin and Dr Susan Friedman, Natural Encounters Inc., Florida, USA).
  • Living & Learning with Parrots (Dr Susan Friedman, Behavior Works, USA).
  • Poultry in Motion Chicken Camp (Terry Ryan, Legacy Canine, USA).
  • Step-Up: People and Parrots Working Together (Barbara Heidenreich, Good Bird Inc, USA).
  • Lifestyle Canine Communication Dog Training course (The Alpha Canine Group, Melbourne, Australia).
  • Nursing and Management of Australian Wildlife (Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia).

*Kate regularly attends and presents at National and International conferences, seminars and workshops on animal behaviour as part of her continued education in the field.


What is an Animal Behaviourist?

Animal behaviourists study the causes, functions, development and evolution of behaviour in wild, captive or companion animals. Companion animal behaviourists, like Dr Kate, assess and treat behaviour problems in companion animals including cats, dogs, parrots and small animals.


Why choose an Animal Behaviourist?

Behaviour problems in companion animals can be very complex, consisting of several interrelated factors, requiring in-depth evaluation and appropriate treatment protocols specifically tailored to the individual animal in question. Choosing an animal behaviourist ensures that you and your pet receive the best help available in the field of animal behaviour. Look for an animal behaviourist with postgraduate qualifications (a Masters or PhD) in animal behaviour. Professional and practical experience is also important, as is continued education demonstrated through regular attendance at conferences and workshops focussing on animal behaviour.

Kate is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia, the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals (AABP) and the Parrot Society of Australia (PSOA). Pets Behaving Badly is proudly supported by Love’em pet treats.