Amy L. Pike DVM, DACVB
Dr. Amy Pike is Chief of the Behavior Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia. She graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. After graduation she was commissioned as a Captain into the United States Army Veterinary Corps and was stationed at Fort Huachuca in southeast Arizona where she spent the next three years. Dr. Pike took care of 200 US Customs and Border Protection horses, 15 Military Working Dogs, ran a small animal clinic with more than 4,000 active patient files, and served as the director of the base’s stray animal and adoption facility. It was dealing with the Military Working Dogs that spurred her initial interest in behavior medicine.
After getting off active duty in 2006, Dr. Pike worked exclusively in a small animal practice in Sierra Vista, Arizona where she furthered her love of behavior medicine by seeing cases and teaching Puppy Socialization classes for clients. Dr. Pike and her husband who was a Major in the Army, were then stationed in the Washington, D.C. area where she worked at the small animal clinic on Andrews Air Force base and took care of the Military Working Dogs attached to the President of the United States.
After only one year, the Pike Family was stationed in the Metro East area at Scott Air Force Base. Dr. Pike started seeing behavior referrals at Veterinary Behavior Consultations, under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Horwitz, DACVB (www.vbcstl.com) in August of 2011 in a Residency Program officially approved by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In June 2014 Dr. Pike completed the clinical case-load portion of her Residency Program, just in time for her husband to be transferred—this time to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Dr. Pike passed her board examination in October 2015, officially becoming one of fewer than 70 board-certified veterinary behaviorists in North America.
Dr. Pike’s behavior articles have been published in numerous professional veterinary journals including Clinician’s Brief, Pet Quarterly, and The Team. She has been featured in interviews on msn.com. Dr. Pike has spoken at numerous local and state-wide veterinary and industry meetings. She made her national conference speaking debut in the summer of 2014 at the American Veterinary Medical Association annual conference held in Denver, Colorado where she presented her research on thunderstorm phobias in dogs.
Dr. Amy Pike is certified by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Professionals who are IAABC certified agree to administer least intrusive, minimally aversive protocols and adhere to a very high standard of ethics. In addition, Dr. Pike is Fear Free Certified and serves as a member of the Fear Free Advisory Committee. She has completed significant continuing education that ensures that pets’ emotional well-being, as well as their physical well-being, is cared for during all behavior modification analysis and training. She is a clinical instructor for E-Training for Dogs which is an online education system. Dr. Pike is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Veteranarian. She was named one of the Top Veterinarians of Northern Virginia 2017 by Northern Virginia Magazine.