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Speakers Bureau

Resources: Speakers Bureau

Do you need a veterinarian who is well versed in various behavior topics for your next Continuing Education Seminar? Check out the AVSAB Speakers Bureau! This is a group of AVSAB members skilled in presenting many aspects of clinical animal behavior to your group. Use the search function below to access a list of members, their qualifications, the topics they cover and where they are located.

(**Please note – we are currently working on updating this speakers bureau list. We appreciate your patience as we work through the glitches.)

Local or state Veterinary Medical Associations qualify for either a $250 stipend per calendar year for an in-person lecture, or a $150 stipend per calendar year for a webinar presented by one of our Speakers Bureau members.

Student chapters of AVSAB qualify for either a $350 stipend for an in-person lecture, or 2 $150 stipends for a webinar per calendar year presented by one of our Speakers Bureau members.

If your VMA or SCAVSAB is interested, please contact the AVSAB treasurer, Juanita Ashton (avsabtreasurer@gmail.com) to determine your eligibility.  The stipend is sent out after the Speaker Bureau talk occurs. The check will be in US funds made out to the SCAVSAB chapter or VMA.

If you have other questions, please write to avsabe@gmail.com.

If you are an AVSAB member and would like to apply to be added to the list of speakers, see below.

Available Speakers

Click on a speakers name to view contact information and their expanded bio.

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Speaker Name:Karen Sueda

Countries of License

Afghanistan

Behavior Specific Education

Dipl. ACVB

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

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Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

After graduating from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Karen Sueda completed an internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. She subsequently returned to UC Davis to complete a Clinical Animal Behavior Residency and became a board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist in 2007. In addition to

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Human-directed Aggression in Dogs
  • Inappropriate Elimination in Dogs and Cats
  • Canine Separation Anxiety

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

California

Behavior Specific Education

Board-certified by ACVB (2001) after completing a residency at UC Davis in 2000. MS in Advanced Clinical Research. Have taken part in many seminars and symposia on educational strategies to implement in teaching veterinary students and veterinarians.

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Human-animal bond and behavior
Common feline and canine behavior problems
Psychopharmacology
Repetitive behaviors of animals

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Melissa Bain received her DVM from the University of Illinois and practiced in small and mixed animal clinics in Chicago and Wisconsin for four years before entering the Behavior Residency Program at University of California-Davis. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2001. She

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Repetitive Behaviors of Animals
  • Myths and Fallacies in Veterinary Behavior
  • How to Make $100,000 by Incorporating Behavior into Practice

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Texas

Behavior Specific Education

MS in Veterinary Behavior
Residency in behavior at Texas A&M University

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Canine, Feline and Equine emphasis; learning principles, behavior modification, pharmacology and neurobiology

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Haug graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002, she completed a Master’s Degree and residency program in animal behavior at Texas

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

New York

Behavior Specific Education

Taught Behavior problems of Dogs and cats, Behavior Problems of Horses and Farm Animal Behavior at Cornell University
Studied with Scott and Fuller

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Clinical animal behavior and welfare

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Katherine Albro Houpt VMD PhD is Emeritus James Law Professor of Behavioral Medicine rat Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is certified as an Applied Animal Behaviorist by the Animal Behavior Society. She has published over 100 papers

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Aggression in Dogs
  • House soiling in cats
  • Stereotypic Behavior of Horses

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Virginia

Behavior Specific Education

Behavior resident in private practice training
BS Animal Science, DVM, working towards associates in psychology
400+ hours of course work in animal behavior, psychology and behavioral chemistry
CPDT-KA

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Exotic and Zoo Animal Behavior
Equine Training and Behavior
Behavior Science
Training Methodology
Behavior and Training of Animal Partners

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

As a veterinarian with a behavior-only practice, I specialize in finding solutions to all types of behavioral issues and concerns. As a lifelong animal lover, I have always been fascinated by how people and animals interact. My interest in animals began very early on. By the age of 9, I

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Low Stress Handling
  • Common Behavior Myths
  • Avian Behavior

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

California

Behavior Specific Education

Three year conforming residency in Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis (mentor, Dr. Melissa Bain). Attended the Farm Animal Course for Behavior Residents (2011). Attended the Horse Course for Behavior Residents (2008)

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Puppy and kitten socialization/ prevention of behavior problems
Decreasing stress at the Veterinary Hospital
Canine and feline aggression and anxiety disorders
Behavior modification
Enrichment

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Meredith Stepita is the owner of Veterinary Behavior Specialists in Dublin, California. In 2011 she completed a residency in Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She received her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 2006 followed by

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Preventative behavioral medicine (including puppy and kitten socialization)
  • Decreasing stress in the veterinary hospital and incorporating behavior into practice
  • Common canine and feline behavior problems such as aggression, inappropriate elimination, and anxiety disorders.

Countries of License

Canada

Behavior Specific Education

Diplomate ACVB

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Companion animal behavior
Preventive behavior counseling - puppies and kittens
Behavior problems in dogs and cats
Senior behavior problems and brain aging in dogs and cats

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Gary Landsberg is a diplomate of both the American (ACVB) and European (ECAWBM) colleges of veterinary behavior. He is a past president of ACVB and AVSAB and presently serves on the ECAWBM executive board. He sees behavior cases at the North Toronto Veterinary Behaviour Specialty Clinic, in Thornhill, Ontario

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Brain aing and Behavior Problems in Senior Pets
  • Walking the Dog - Preventing and Managing Aggression
  • Drugs and Natural products in Veterinary Behavioral Medicine

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Missouri

Behavior Specific Education

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

all canine and feline behavior

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Debra Horwitz received her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In behavior referral practice since 1982 her practice is presently located in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a frequent lecturer in both North America and

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Update on Human Directed Aggression
  • The link between feline house soiling and feline aggression
  • Matter of fact explanation and solutions for common behavior problems in dogs and cats

Speaker Name:Ellen M Lindell

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

New York

Behavior Specific Education

DACVB

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Dog and cat behavior--all topics

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Lindell graduated from the U of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. She practiced general medicine and surgery for 10 years before starting a residency in Behavior at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lindell owns a private specialty practice in the New York / Connecticut area.

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Interplay of medicine and behavior
  • Canine aggression toward household people
  • Feline housesoiling

Speaker Name:Terri A. Derr D.V.M.

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Minnesota

Behavior Specific Education

Continuing Ed seminars since 1995 at the annual meetings of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association or the Midwest Veterinary Conference (previously the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association) with a variety of presenters: Karen Overall, Gary Landsberg, Karen Pryor, Scott Line, Petra Mertens, Amy Marder, Ian Dunbar, R.K. Anderson

Wet Labs during behavior seminars in Minnesota with R.K. Anderson and Debra Horwitz

AVSAB scientific meetings every year since 2000 (except 2006 and 2013)

NAVC Post Graduate Institute: Veterinary Behavior with Drs. Karen Overall, Jacqui Neilsen, Kirsti Seskel, and Vint Virga, 2002

Private Continuing Education by attending behavior lectures when they are available.

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Dogs and Cats
Shelter Behavior
Educating my colleagues about preventing behavior issues for their patients, thus keeping animals in their original homes.

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Terri A. Derr, D.V.M. is a 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her undergraduate degree in Zoology included training in ethology, the science of animal behavior in the natural environment. As an associate veterinarian she pursued extensive professional continuing education in animal behavior. In 1995

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Normal Canine Social Development
  • Behavior Evaluations in Animal Shelters
  • Approaches to Behavior Issues in Dogs and Cats

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Texas

Behavior Specific Education

Currently a resident in behavior medicine through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

canine and feline aggression, anxiety

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Florsheim was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She graduated with honors from Trinity University and attended Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While at A&M, she was selected as a Geralide R. Dodge Fronteirs of Veterinary Medicine Fellow in 2000 and received the Skipper-Stephens Award for the 4th

Sample Lecture Topics

  • 10 Ways a Better Understanding of Behavior Can Improve Your Veterinary Practice
  • Common Feline Behavior Problems and Training
  • Leash-Reactivity in Dogs: Causes and Treatment

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

New York

Behavior Specific Education

Residency, Cornell Univ College of Vet Med

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Companion Animals

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. E'Lise Christensen DVM is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and an international lecturer and author. As the only veterinary behaviorist in NYC, she sees patients with a huge variety of serious behavioral issues. She currently sees cases by house call and at Hudson Animal Hospital. Dr. C received her Doctor

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Separation anxiety
  • numerous others

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Texas

Behavior Specific Education

Residency at UC Davis in Clinical Animal Behavior
Continue to attend and provide CE in behavior
Currently training two behavior residents

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Feline behavior especially house soiling
Behavior and welfare of zoo animals
Behavior of exotic pets
Pet pig behavior and care
Repetitive behaviors

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

A 1987 graduate of Texas A&M University. Board Certified in behavior since 2003. Author of numerous publications on behavior related subjects. Editor of the book, Behavior of Exotic Pets, Co-Editor of the 2014 Veterinary Clinics of North America behavior issue.

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors
  • Preventive Behavior Medicine
  • Feline house Soiling: Diagnosis and Treatment

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

California

Behavior Specific Education

Master's degree from Zoology Dept. UC Davis in Animal Behavior and Neurobiology.
Extensive courses, seminars, research and presentations in Applied Animal behavior since about 1980 including working with Dr. Ben Hart over many years including as his Staff Research Assistant.

Extensive experience as investigator for clinical studies over 2 decades including development of Clomicalm, Reconcile, Ceva Pheromone products etc. Former Clinical Faculty with UC Davis SVM to head up (founding clinical faculty) UC Vet Med. Center- San Diego behavior program.

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Clinical treatment of dog and cat behavior problems with special interest in development of new treatments. Expert Witness work especially dog aggression towards humans. Behavioral assessments for dogs.

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Patrick Melese is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and director of Veterinary Behavior Consultants, a southern California specialty veterinary practice dedicated to preventing and solving behavior problems in animals since 1988. Dr. Melese was in general private practice for 13 years where he owned and

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Behavioral Medicine for General Practice
  • Puppy development: What every practitioner needs to know.
  • Rational Use of Behavior Medications in General Practice

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Texas

Behavior Specific Education

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Louisiana State University 1999
Behavior Residency - Purdue University, Animal Behavior Clinic 2004
Diplomate Status - American College of Veterinary Behaviorists 2013

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Dr. Martin’s professional interests include behavioral development, cognition/learning, conflict related (owner directed) aggression, and psychopharmacology. He is an avid dog trainer and has competed in multiple dog sports.

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Kenneth M. Martin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He is a licensed and practicing veterinarian in the great state of Texas. He completed a clinical behavioral medicine residency at Purdue University's Animal Behavior Clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Luescher PhD, Dr Med

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Integrating Behavior Services into Everyday Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychopharmacology - Which drug and why?
  • Puppy Start Right: Maximizing Behavioral Development

Speaker Name:Amy Pike DVM

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Missouri

Behavior Specific Education

Current Resident in Behavioral Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Horwitz, DACVB.
Owner, Veterinary Behavior Solutions in Louisville, Kentucky

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Thunderstorm and Noise phobias
Practical clinical management of behavior cases
Products and medication

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Pike graduated from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she was commissioned into the United States Army Veterinary Corps and stationed at Fort Huachuca where she was the primary care veterinarian for the Military Working Dogs (MWDs) and US Customs and Border Protection horses.

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Anxiety in our patients- why should we care?
  • Aggression in dogs- how to deal with it
  • Products and medication- clinical relevance

Speaker Name:Louisa Beal DVM

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Washington

Behavior Specific Education

Externships with VIctoria Voith, Katherine Houpt, Peter Borchelt.

Continuing education since 1984.

Psychopharmocology seminar with Sharon Crowell-Davis.

Legacy Canine Behavior and Training Workshop on Operant Conditioning

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Dog and cat aggression.
Feline house soiling.
Destructive behavior

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Louisa Beal is a veterinarian with a special interest in behavior problems of dogs and cats. She graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. In her last year of veterinary school, she spent time with three of the top behaviorists in the field, Drs. Vicoria

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Behavioral Pharmacology for the General Practitioner
  • The Use of Clickers for Behavior Modification
  • Ten Money-Making Things To Do Before Calling A Behaviorist

Countries of License

Afghanistan

Behavior Specific Education

MS Animal Science - UCDavis 1997 - Large animal behavior

PhD Psychology - Univ. of Georgia 2002 - Companion animal normal and abnormal behavior

DVM - Univ. of Georgia 2006 - enrolled in all available behavior classes, did behavior rotation

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Canine reactivity and aggression
Feline aggression
Separation anxiety
Helping educate clients and veterinarians on lowering stress in the veterinary clinic and during handling.

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Parthasarathy got her first taste of applied behavior as a high school volunteer for a kitten behavior study. After she caught the “behavior bug”, she pursued a BS in Biology at Cornell University, then a Master’s degree in Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, studying ram reproductive

Sample Lecture Topics

  • How I Treat: Separation Anxiety...
  • Everyday Behavior: Practical Tools for General Practitioners
  • Baby's Coming: Is Your Dog Ready?

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Maryland

Behavior Specific Education

Residency University of Pennsylvania 1997-2000

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Fear, aggression, anxiety disorders, medical disorders that cause behavior problems, feline inappropriate elimination, feline aggression

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Marsha Reich is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She is the owner of a house call behavior practice which gives her the opportunity to evaluate and treat the behavior problems of pets in their own homes. After graduating from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Aggression Between Household Dogs
  • Feline Inappropriate Elimination
  • Medical Differentials For Behavior Problems

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Texas

Behavior Specific Education

Boarded in animal behavior

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

multiple

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

contact information

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Virginia

Behavior Specific Education

Ph.D. in Psychology, specialization in Behavior Analysis (Behavioral Psychology)

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Applied Behavior Analysis with companion dogs, cats, and birds

Functional Assessment of Pet Behavior Problems

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Megan Maxwell has spoken throughout North America on topics including the interpretation of canine and feline body language, owner adherence to behavior plans, dog-child interactions and safety, the history of applied animal behavior, and various pet behavior problems and behavior change strategies.

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Applying Behavior Analysis to Pet Behavior Management and Training
  • Cat Behavior Problems
  • Dog Behavior Problems

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Illinois

Behavior Specific Education

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Residency and certification

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Canine and Feline Behavior

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

University of Illinois - BS (1980) University of Illinois DVM (1984) Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (2006) Owner of Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants Carol Stream Animal Hospital - General Veterinary Medicine

Countries of License

Ireland

Behavior Specific Education

Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (sub-speciality Behavioural Medicine)

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

anxiety disorders
aggression disorders
repetitive movement disorders (stereotypies, compsulsive behaviours)

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr Jonckheer-Sheehy graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland, University College Dublin in 2003. She worked as a veterinarian in mixed practice in Wales; the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and Eurogroup for Animals in Brussels; for a local horse racing track (flat racers) and a companion animal clinic

Sample Lecture Topics

  • The diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders (dogs, cats or horses)
  • Stress free handling of animals (dogs, cats or horses)
  • Assessing animal welfare (dogs, cats or horses)

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