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Veterinary Behavior Consultation: a Comprehensive Evaluation of Both Psychological and Physical Well-Being

The Behavior Department is currently working remotely. All new consults and recheck appointments are being seen via telemedicine/Skype. We have been pleasantly surprised with the ease of this transition. Everything normally done in person is possible with these remote sessions. It has been wonderful to see our clients and their pets in relaxed settings at home.

Behavioral problems can result from an underlying fear, anxiety, stress, genetic or learned predisposition or even medical conditions. A Veterinary Behaviorist is in a unique position to diagnose both behavioral conditions and medical conditions that can cause or affect a pet’s behavior.

The objective of the Behavioral Medicine Service is to provide solutions to your pet’s behavior problems while providing high-quality veterinary care, accurate diagnosis, appropriate use of medications and humane behavior modification therapy. Veterinarians approach behavior problems from an ethological, developmental perspective with a focus on understanding your pet’s body language and communication perspective.

Bad KittyThe department is led by Theresa DePorter, who is a board-certified diplomate in both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM).

Behavior problems commonly include:

  • Aggression
  • Destructive behaviors
  • Fears, anxieties and phobias
  • Separation anxiety
  • Elimination problems
  • Unruly or uncontrollable behavior
  • Training difficulties
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Repetitive or compulsive disorders
  • Puppy or kitten preventative visits
  • Pre-selection consultation
  • Preparing for life events

What treatment methods are utilized?

Scientifically sound techniques include behavior modification, counter-conditioning, desensitization, environmental modification, proper positive reinforcement techniques and owner education. Appropriate medications, pheromones or nutraceuticals may be recommended as adjunctive treatment to the behavior modification program. Your pet will never be subjected to methods that included startling, hurting or shocking your pet. We can alleviate undesirable behaviors in pets while treating animals with kindness, gentleness, respect and admiration.

The Behavioral Medicine Department is available Monday-Saturday. Hours are by appointment only. The Initial Appointments may be up to 2 hours in duration and shorter Follow-up Appointments (50 min) are scheduled every 1 to 3 months as appropriate for your pet. Some pets are seen a few times while others continue long term.

For more information on What a Veterinary Behaviorist is, read this informative brochure from ACVB:

Download Brochure (PDF)

What to Expect from a Behavior Consultation (PDF)

OVRS Behavioral Medicine Brochure

Important Forms:

Standard Consent Form Behavior Consent Form

Standard Consent Form (PDF) Behavior Consent Form(PDF)

For Initial Canine and Feline Appointments (New Clients)

Canine Behavior Questionnaire

Feline Behavior Questionnaire

Feline ICA Questionnaire

For Established Patients to Recheck Progess

Follow-Up Questionnaire

With Doctor Approval, For Patients on an Established Behavior Management Program Who Are Continuing to Do Well

Medication Refill Appointment (PDF)

Resources and Educational Handouts

For Referring Veterinarians

For Clients

OVRS veterinarians with pets