About the Animal Behavior Services
The University of Minnesota Behavior Service focuses on the behavior of companion animals -- the prevention of behavior problems through client education as well as on the assessment and treatment of existing behavior problems. Our pets’ behavior is affected by their individual temperaments, their health, and by their physical and social environment. Veterinary behaviorists are trained to integrate an understanding of all of these factors when providing assessment and treatment recommendations. A veterinary behaviorist can also determine whether certain behavior medications may help your pet, whether they are safe for your pet, and if they can be used safely with your pet’s other medications. *Please note that in many cases medications are not indicated.
At the University of Minnesota, a “board certified” veterinary behaviorist will direct your pet’s care. Board certified veterinary behaviorists have completed 4 years of veterinary school, at least one year in veterinary medical practice, and a formalized post-doctoral training program devoted to the study of the health and behavior of many species of animals. In addition they have earned passing marks on a rigorous qualifying exam.
The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center is a teaching hospital. Veterinary students and residents may play a supervised role in your pet’s care.