Gonçalo da Graça Pereira

Gonçalo da Graça Pereira is one of Europe’s most respected veterinary behaviour specialists. After studying veterinary science at Lisbon University, he undertook a master’s in clinical ethology in Madrid and a PhD in veterinary science in Portugal. As a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine in both subspecialties, he understands the links between physical and mental wellbeing in animals.

In addition to working in referral behaviour practice, Gonçaro is Director of the Centre for Animal Knowledge and Professor of Animal Welfare, Behaviour and Training in Escola Superior Agraria de Elvas from Instituto Politecnico de Portalegre. In addition, he is a founder and past-president of PsiAnimal – the Portuguese Association of Behavioural Therapy and Animal Welfare, President of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and Vice-President of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology. He is an engaging speaker with a wealth of practical experience. 

Gonçaro will present sessions on:

  • Changes of behaviour caused by physical diseases in cats
  • Chronic stress and renal disease in cats
  • Environmental optimisation for cats
  • Psychogenic alopecia
  • life skills for kittens
  • diagnosis and treatment of noise reactivity in dogs
  • behaviour problems and treatment in older cats
  • who is guilty: mind? Body? Or both?

You can see an overview of the full Behaviour stream here.