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Postdoctoral Researcher in Veterinary Science, University of Sydney

Melissa Starling holds a BSc (Hons) in zoology and a PhD on dog behaviour, personality, emotions and cognition. She has long had a passion for animal behaviour and animal training that has only intensified the more she learns. She has experience training flighty prey animals as well as bold, opportunistic dogs.

Melissa understands that sometimes our animal companions behave in ways that are upsetting and make us feel responsible, frustrated, or unhappy even as we simultaneously feel helpless to change their behaviour. Melissa likes human psychology almost as much as animal psychology.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Sydney


  • 2013 
    University of Sydney, PhD/Veterinary Science