Veterinary Behavior Symposium

The COVID19 pandemic has quickly changed our way of interacting, meeting, and exchanging knowledge and information. Our annual Veterinary Behavior Symposium is no exception, and we are therefore working to restructure the meeting as a virtual symposium that will contain all the presentations selected. Our original plan was to have the meeting going live on June 10, the date planned for the original in-person VBS. Unfortunately, the amount of work necessary to put together the online platform has forced us to postpone the publication of the virtual symposium to July 15, 2020.

Thanks to the sponsors that have decided to continue supporting our initiative, we can offer access to our VBS presentations free of charge worldwide! Viewers should, however, register to access the presentations. If you had previously registered for the VBS, the ACVB will refund your fee in full.

The virtual VBS will be in the form of an invitation-only web page containing asynchronous videos with the presentations of the papers selected. Registrants will receive a link to the presentations via email on July 15. By bookmarking the link, you will be able to access the presentations at any time and as many times as you want! Awards recipients will be publically announced on the web site. You will also be able to interact with the presenters and the audience through a dedicated asynchronous discussion forum.



Presenting our 2020 VBS Speakers


  • Megan Carson, BS
    Efficacy of Dexmedetomidine Oromucosal Gel to Attenuate Anxiety in Client Owned Cats Presented for Routine Veterinary Care

  • Hagar Hauser, DVM
    In-Hospital Administration of Dexmedetomidine Oromucosal Gel for Stress Reduction in Dogs During Veterinary Visits

  • Sun Kim, DVM, MS
    Effects of Trazodone on Behavioral and Psychological Signs of Stress in Dogs during Veterinary Visits

  • Jacqueline Blake, DVM
    Evidence of Increased Positive Affective State in Dogs After Treatment with Firocoxib for Osteoarthritis Pain

  • Aude Castel, DVM, MSc, DACVIM
    Environmental Enrichment as Part of Multimodal Analgesic Protocol to Treat Post-operative Pain Following Hemilaminectomy in Dogs with Intervertebral Disc Herniation

  • Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, PhD
    Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT) of Cats Classified as Strays or Shelter Surrenders

  • Margaret Gruen, DVM, PhD
    Evaluation of Repeated Dosing of Sileo (Dexmedetomidine Oromucosal Gel) for Treatment of Noise Aversion in Dogs Over Several Noise Events

  • Julie Hunt, DVM, MS
    The Impact of Fear Free Practices on Canine Stress During Transportation – a Pilot Study

  • Trepheena Hunter, BAgSc (hons), MAgSc, BVSc (hons), MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour)
    Australian Dog Trainers' Perceptions and Management of Canine Separation Anxiety

  • Jacqueline Neilson, DVM, DACVB
    Parks, Pets & Parasites: The Behaviorist's Role

  • Stephany Spanos, BS (co-presenter)
    Impact of Classical Counterconditioning (Quiet Kennel Exercise) on Barking in Kenneled Dogs

  • Samantha Zurlinden, BS (co-presenter)
    Impact of Classical Counterconditioning (Quiet Kennel Exercise) on Barking in Kenneled Dogs

  • Krista Sirois, DVM
    Owner Assessment of Stress in Pet Cats: An Internet-based Survey

  • Orion Stollar, MSc, DVM, ACVB Resident
    Effects of a Single Dose of Oral Gabapentin in Dogs During a Veterinary Visit: A Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled Study

  • Linn Mari Storengen, DVM, PhD
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Dogs: Demography and Comorbidity with Other Behavioral Diagnoses

Thanks to our 2020 VBS Sponsors!


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