Who is the face behind Animalytics?
Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy is the veterinarian and the founder behind Animalytics.
“I’ve always loved animals and been interested in their behavior and welfare. I became a veterinarian to improve the animal welfare. Over the years I’ve studied the subject extensively abroad and built up a lot of practical experience assessing and improving animal welfare.
I’ve worked with “all creatures, great and small”: companion animals (dogs and cats), birds, horses, food animals (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs), laboratory animals (rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits) and even wild animals. I’m a qualified veterinarian, have a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science and a Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the United Kingdom.”
Animal behavior problems
It is a well-known fact, that pet animal owners will request a veterinarian to euthanize their animal quicker for behavior problems than for any other medical reason. As a young veterinary graduate, I soon realized that behavior problems were one of the main reasons for veterinarians to be confronted with clients requesting the euthanasia of their pet animal.
Behavior problems are one of the most common reasons for a disturbance in the human-animal relationship. A break down in this human-pet bond can result in unnecessary animal suffering and frustration and/or anxiety of the human(s) in the relationship; whilst this problem can often very effectively be prevented from developing in the first place or successfully managed should it arise.
Scientific knowledge and study in this field, Veterinary Behavioural Medicine is growing exponentially abroad but is still lacking in the Netherlands. Incorrectly addressing an animal behavior problem can lead to major animal suffering, owner frustration and ultimately severe injuries to people or other animals. I specialize in this area so that I can help people to understand their animal’s needs and behavior to safeguard his/her welfare thus restoring the human-animal bond and combatting the number one killer of animals thus minimizing animal wastage.”
Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy is a European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine of Companion Animals and is the only veterinary behaviour specialist in the Netherlands. Dr Jonckheer-Sheehy is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (subspeciality Behavioural Medicine & also of the subspeciliaty Animal welfare science, Ethics and Law). Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy is also a Member of the Group of Veterinary Specialists of the Royal Dutch Veterinary Association and she's also the founding member and current Chair of the Dutch Veterinary Behaviour Group (Nederlandse Werkgroep Veterinaire Gedragskunde - NWVG).