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The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists promotes the integration of behavior in veterinary medicine.
Position Statement on Standard of Care in Behavior Medicine
As with all other aspects of veterinary medicine, veterinarians need to stay up to date with current behavioral diagnoses and treatment protocols because the medical and behavioral health and welfare of the animal are intimately intertwined.
Position Statement on the Veterinarian’s Responsibility When Referring Behavior Problems to Non-Veterinarians
It is vitally important that veterinarians be knowledgeable about the qualifications and behavior modifications methodologies used by non-veterinarians to whom they refer clients. Non-veterinarians often play an integral role in the animal health care team. However, if outdated and inhumane methods are used by such individuals, they can cause irreversible harm to the patient and result in client injury. In some circumstances, relegating patient care to a non veterinarian does not meet the accepted standard of care and can constitute a violation of a state’s veterinary practice act.