Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA340) Behavior Assessment Tools for Dogs in a Shelter Setting

Sunday, March 4
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
MBCC, Lagoon J, Level 2

CE Credits: 1

This lecture will explore the definition of temperament and the utility of several different test formats and measuring tools, including their strengths and weaknesses. Recommendations on how to use the information collected from the various collection methods will be discussed.

Sara L. Bennett

Owner/ Independent Contractor

Dr. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB, received her DVM degree in 2006 from Purdue University. She spent 3 years as an associate veterinarian in general practice in the Evansville area before returning to Purdue to complete a residency in Animal Behavior and Masters of Science. She obtained certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012. After becoming board-certified, she practiced veterinary behavior in the Chicago area until returning to the Tri-State area in 2015. Dr. Bennett is a co-instructor for University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine online learning course, Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare, which is one of three core courses in the online Maddie's® Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine Program. In her behavior consultations she addresses a variety of behavior problems and behavioral disorders including aggression, inappropriate elimination, compulsive disorder, fears and phobias and behavior problems associated with aging across a wide range of species. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in shelter and rescue animals, helping to protect animal welfare, make these pets more adoptable, strengthen the budding human-animal bond and to keep these animals in their new homes.


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