Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB interviews Margie Knoll, DVM
and Nancy Williams, M.A., RVT, ACAAB
Dog trainers, behavior consultants and veterinarians
need to know how best to work together to provide quality
behavior care to companion animals. Veterinarians need
to be able to trust that the behavioral experts they refer
their clients will recognize and respect that evaluating
medical influences on behavior fall within the purview
of the veterinarian.
However, if properly trained, trainers and behavior consultants
can be a valuable source of information for the veterinarian.
Trainers and behavior consultants usually spend more time
observing pets and talking to their owners than veterinarians
can during a regular office appointment. This extra interaction
time can allow behavioral signs to be uncovered that should
be reported to the veterinarian because they may be indicative
of medical disease that is underlying the behavior of concern.
In this two-session telecourse, you will see from numerous
case examples how information and observations from a certified
animal behaviorist have helped a veterinarian more effectively
differentiate medical problems from behavior problems.
Discover how this “big picture”, interdisciplinary
approach benefits both businesses as well as the pets and
people they serve. Participants will learn how to make
use of this model, including the “do’s and
don’ts” in working together from both a veterinary
and behavior consultant point of view.
The information you gain from this example driven telecourse
will give veterinarians additional insights on useful diagnostic
perspectives when evaluating a pet prior to a behavior
referral, and provide trainers and consultants with a new
set of eyes for “not normal” behavior that
could indicate a medical problem.
Dr. Knoll and Ms. Williams will review common, and uncommon
symptoms of medical problems that can affect a pet’s
behavior and masquerade as behavior problems. Behavior
modification and training programs will not only be ineffective
but could also exacerbate injury or illness if medical
problems go undiagnosed.
As a special bonus, using case examples Dr. Knoll will
briefly discuss diet, supplements, and/or herbal treatments
for use with behavior problems as a “sneak peak” to
a future more in-depth course on these topics.
This course has been approved for 2.5 CEU hours from
CCPDT and CACVT. It is now available two ways: LIVE and
The LIVE class is presented as a tele-webinar, with live
audio, visual graphics and photographs. You’ll be
able to ask questions of the instructors in real time.
Each weekly session lasts approximately 1 ¼ hours.
The course comes with class notes and recommended readings.
Can’t make the live course or afraid you’ll
have to miss some classes? No worries – online replays
are available immediately after each session and for one
week following the end of the course. CEUs can be earned
through listening to the replays by correctly emailing
us answers to “test” questions given during
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