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Behaviour Medicine

With Dr. Pierrette Mercier at Riverview Animal Hospital

At Riverview Animal Hospital, we offer behavioural services for cats, dogs, exotics, equine and farm animals. As a veterinary behaviourist, Dr. Pierrette Mercier has dedicated her studies to understanding an animal’s behaviour and their relationship with their environment, experiences and health. Many reasons may contribute to a pet’s behaviour, including a medical condition, environmental conflicts, fearful triggers, and more. Together with Dr. Mercier, you will be able to work toward helping your pet overcome their behavioural habits.

If you have any questions or feel that your pet would benefit from a consultation with Dr. Mercier, please give us a call at 506.387.4015

Meet Our Veterinary Behaviourist

Dr. Pierrette Mercier

Dr. Pierrette Mercier graduated from the University of Montreal School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. She worked in small animal general practice in St-Jacques, New Brunswick from 1988 to 2008 and in Matane, Quebec, from 2008 to 2020 before coming to Riverview Animal Hospital in July 2020.

In 2017, Dr. Mercier started an alternative residency program with the American College of Veterinary Behaviourists, and in 2018 with the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Kersti Seksel, BVSc (Hons)MRCVS MA (Hons), FANZCVS, DACVB, DECAWBM, FAVA.

“Behavioural problems are complex and can have many causes. Some cases may also take a longer time
commitment. We have curated a package to help ensure animals get the care they need.”

Client Questionnaire Forms

Vet Referral Forms

Referral Behavioural Services Form – PDF 
Referral Behavioural Services Form – Electronic PDF

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Treatment available for the following:

  • Aggression
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fears and phobias
  • House soiling/inappropriate elimination, marking
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Stereotypic/compulsive behaviours
    (lick granuloma/self-injurious behaviours,
    tail-chasing/spinning, fly snapping)
  • Excessive vocalization
  • Other problematic behaviours
  • Problematic exotic behaviours
  • Problematic equine behaviours
  • Problematic farm animal behaviours

Other services offered:

  • Pet preselection counselling
  • Nuisance behaviours (jumping, destructive chewing)
  • Fitting of head halters and no-pull harnesses
  • Desensitization and counterconditioning to:
    Veterinary procedures (exams, pilling,
    injections, ear cleaning, eye medication)
  • Muzzle/head halters
  • Nail trimming
  • Crate training
  • Grooming procedures

Last updated: June 25, 2021

Riverview Animal Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Riverview Animal Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.



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