College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medical Center

Animal Behavior

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Animal Behavior


The University of Minnesota Veterinary Behavior Service provides diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment for companion animals with one or more of a variety of behavior problems. Examples include pets with unacceptable elimination behaviors or are aggressive to people or other animals. Other pets may be anxious or destructive in their owner’s absence or suffer from excessive fears or phobias. Some exhibit compulsive behavior. Some pets are simply difficult to live with for a variety of other reasons. We also provide pet selection counseling, and behavioral wellness consultations for problem prevention.  

Information for clients:

  • Clients may be asked to bring a videotape of the pet's undesired behavior (as long as there is no aggression) and a log of incidents with a description of the context in which the problem occurs.(frequency, duration, location, events or persons involved and a detailed description of the pet's behavior before, during, and after the event)
  • Family members and other household pets may be asked to attend appointments.
  • Initial appointments last about two to three hours.
  • A detailed written summary of recommendations is sent to the clients after the appointment.
  • Two months of follow-up is included with an appointment as is typically conducted via phone calls or emails.
  • Recheck appointment may be recommended depending on the problem and progress made. 

Information for veterinarians:

Services Include: Diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment for all pet behavioral problems (canine, feline, equine, and other companion animals)

We encourage the referring veterinarian to provide a summary of existing medical problems, their current treatment, and treatment prescribed for the behavior problem.

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  • Last modified on May 5, 2014