Veterinary Behaviorists have achieved board-certification in the specialty of Veterinary Behavior. Board-certified specialists are known as Diplomates. These veterinarians work with individual pet owners, other animal professionals, and facilities that care for animals in order to manage behavior problems and improve the well-being of animals. Behavioral problems can result from a neurochemical imbalance, a medical condition, learned fearful associations, or conflict over rules and social structure. A Veterinary Behaviorist is in a unique position to diagnose medical conditions that can affect a pet’s behavior, as well as treat conditions that are purely behavioral.

How does someone become a Veterinary Behaviorist?

A Veterinary Behaviorist is first and foremost a veterinarian. Beyond their veterinary degree, they have received additional training, generally at least three years, in Veterinary Behavior through a recognized training program, either in a residency program at a College of Veterinary Medicine or through an individually mentored training program. Additionally, they have authored a published research project in this field, written case reports, and passed a two-day examination.

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