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What is a veterinary behaviorist?

What is a veterinary behaviorist?
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Veterinary Education

Companion Animal Behavior Distance Learning Course

As identified at the 2010 North American Veterinary Medical Educational Consortium (http://www.aavmc.org/navmec.htm ), expertise in animal behavior should be considered a foundational competency in veterinary medical education. However, formal training in clinical behavior by board certified veterinary specialists is available in less than half of the North American veterinary colleges and schools. To remedy this deficiency, the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) is developing a course in clinical veterinary behavior under the auspices of the Veterinary Internet Content Exchange (Vet ICE; http://www.veterinaryice.org/). The web-based course Companion Animal Behavior Distance Learning Course will target veterinary schools and colleges without a formal course in animal behavior.

The goal of this program is to teach veterinary students the basic principles of behavior and how to apply those principles to clinical cases commonly seen in companion animal practice. The 15-segment video-rich course will be developed by a team of board-certified clinical veterinary behaviorists and educational specialists. The curriculum consists of three units: (1) communication signals and humane handling, (2) prevention of behavior problems, and (3) treatment of common behavior problems. The program will be produced at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine using a web-based course management system, Moodle (www.Moodle.com) under the Vet ICE guidelines. Contact Dr. Barbara Sherman (barbara_sherman@ncsu.edu) for more information.

The Companion Animal Behavior Distance Learning Course is sponsored by educational grants from Merial and Premier Pet Products.