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Use this search to find an AVSAB member veterinarian, veterinary behaviorist, or PhD behaviorist who accepts animal behavior cases in your area.
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a membership-only organization of veterinarians and persons holding a PhD in animal behavior or a related field. It does not confer upon its members any qualifications or presuppose a level of expertise in the field of animal behavior. Our organization cannot endorse or specifically recommend anyone.

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Name Suzanne Millman PhD
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Place of Business Iowa State University
Address 1809 S. Riverside Dr., Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center #2201 VDPAM
College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
United States
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Business Phone (515) 294-2817
Academic Degrees, School and Dates
Date Degree Full Name of School granting degree
2000 PhD Applied Ethology University of Guelph, Canada
1990 BSc(Agr) University of Guelph, Canada
Major Interest in Animal Behavior

My research and professional practice focus on large animal species (primarily farmed animals and equine), with particular interests in behavioral approaches to aid convalescence for animals in states of pain and illness, practical interventions to enhance animal behavior and welfare, and techniques for assessing animal behavior and welfare. I coordinate animal behavior and animal welfare instruction within the veterinary professional curriculum, and serve as faculty mentor for ISU’s AVSAB student chapter, animal welfare club and animal welfare judging team. My professional outreach services to the community including the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), HyLine International, United Egg Producers, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and chairing the Animal Welfare Committee and Iowa Animal Cruelty Response Task Force for the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association.

Explanation of Credentials

DVM or VMD (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor) Veterinarians are qualified to diagnose and treat medical and behavioral problems in animals. They are the only professionals who can prescribe medications to treat such problems. Some veterinarians have a special interest in behavior and limit their practices to behavior medicine.

DACVB (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists) These veterinarians are board-certified specialists with extensive post-graduate training in animal behavior. DACVBs are qualified to diagnose and treat medical problems in animals, including prescribing medications and behavior modification plans to treat these conditions.

PhD (Individuals who have completed a PhD degree in animal behavior or a related field) This degree is research and theory related, and requires contributions to the animal behavior literature. These consultants cannot prescribe medications but often work closely with a veterinarian who can.

CAAB (Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist) These individuals have completed a graduate degree in animal behavior or a related field and have research experience as well as clinical experience working with animals. CAABs are qualified to evaluate and manage behavioral problems in animals, but cannot prescribe medications. They typically work closely with a veterinarian who can.

Note: In order for a veterinarian to prescribe medication, a valid doctor-patient relationship with the animal is required. This requires a current examination (within the past year) of the patient, and direct involvement in the treatment plan. This evaluation should include the report and suggestions from other professionals who have evaluated the pet (CAABs, PhDs, trainers, or other veterinarians).