Veterinary Behavior Medicine

A veterinarian may specialize in diagnosing and managing behavioral issues in pets.

What is a Veterinary Behaviorist?

A veterinarian can become specialized in the diagnosis and management of behavioral problems in pets. To become board certified, a veterinarian must complete additional training, including a three-year residency program after four years of veterinary school, publishing a research paper, and passing a two-day board exam covering various species and their related medical and behavioral problems.

Pets with behavioral concerns may benefit from medication or supplements as a part of treatment and often have medical concerns that cause their behavior. Veterinary Behaviorists are uniquely qualified to help assess and treat these pets.

Common issues we can address include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Aggression towards strangers, family members, or household pets

  • Barking or lunging at dogs or people on walks

  • Separation anxiety

  •  Car ride anxiety

  • Noise Fears (Fireworks, storms, etc.)

  • House soiling

  • Spinning

  • Light/shadow fixation

  • Surface licking

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