Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA8) Behavior Disorders Are Such a Pain: How Pain Contributes to Behavior & Current Treatment Options

Tuesday, March 6
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
MBCC, South Seas F, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Pain can manifest as a primary behavior problem, such as aggression, and should be ruled out as a contributing factor when presented with behavior problems. We will discuss behavioral manifestations of pain, current pain treatment modalities, and look at case examples.

Amy L. Pike

Chief, Behavior Medicine Division
Veterinary Referral Center of NoVa

Dr. Amy L. Pike, DACVB
Chief, Behavior Medicine Division
Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia
Dr. Pike graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. After graduation, she was commissioned as a Captain into the United States Army Veterinary Corps. It was dealing with the Military Working Dogs returning from deployment that spurred her initial interest in behavior medicine. In 2011, Dr. Pike started a Residency program officially approved by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Horwitz, DACVB. In October 2015, Dr. Pike passed the ACVB certifying examination.
Dr. Pike is chief of the Behavior Medicine Division at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in Manassas (a suburb of Washington DC) where she sees referral behavior cases. Dr. Pike is a clinical instructor for the on-line education system "E-training for Dogs" and a member of the Fear Free Advisory Committee, and an editorial advisory board member of the American Veterinarian publication. She was recently named one of the “Top Veterinarians of Northern Virginia” by NoVa Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, including her Active Duty Army husband, their two kids, ages 4 and 9, and their Giant Schnauzer, Scottie, Mini Schnauzer, Devon Rex, and Ring Neck Parrot.

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