Small Animal

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(SA16) The Other End of the Leash: How to Deal with the Owner’s Behavior

Wednesday, March 7
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
MBCC, South Seas F, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Many of us went into veterinary medicine because we love animals but we often forget they come attached to a human. In behavior, more so than probably any other specialty, we need to deal with the human element, especially the emotional fallout of behavior problems and modifying the owner’s behavior to facilitate the treatment plan. Find out how to address the human emotions and behavior modification in a compassionate manner to facilitate change.

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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