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What is a veterinary behaviorist?

What is a veterinary behaviorist?
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What is ACVB?

ACVB Vision:  The vision of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists is to have our members recognized publically and professionally as preeminent experts in animal behavior.

ACVB Mission:  The mission of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists is to advance the behavioral health of animals through the certification of veterinary behavior specialists and the provision of science-based education.

Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) are veterinarians who have attained specialist status in veterinary behavior, which is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. They have received additional training, generally at least 3 years, in Veterinary Behavior through a recognized training program, either through a residency program at a College of Veterinary Medicine or through an individually mentored training program. Additionally they have been an author of a published research project in veterinary behavior, written case reports, and passed a 2-day examination.

Veterinary behaviorists are trained to diagnose and treat problems in animals, whether they are medical or behavioral. Being veterinarians, these behaviorists understand the complicated effects that medical problems can have on an animals’ behavior, and vice versa. A veterinary behaviorist is also licensed to prescribe drugs and is familiar with psychotropic medications, their uses, interactions with other medications, and side effects.

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