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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 ( 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

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.

NameValli Parthasarathy PhD, DVM

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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.

Previous Speaking Experience

Veterinary Behavior Symposium / ACVB-AVSAB Symposium
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Portland Veterinary Medical Association
Cat Adoption Team, Portland, OR
Animal Community Talks, Portland, OR
Reactive Dog Camp (co-run with a local dog training business)
Spoken at several local veterinary hospitals

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 behavior. After this, Dr. Parthasarathy earned her PhD at the University of Georgia, studying separation anxiety in dogs, and learning about normal and abnormal behavior of dogs, cats, horses, and psitticines, She followed up with her DVM from UGA in 2006. After practicing general medicine, she decided to refocus on her love for behavior. She currently is co-owner of Synergy Behavior Solutions, a behavior-only veterinary practice providing a unique blend of veterinary behavior and pet training services to the residents of Portland, OR.

In addition to seeing veterinary behavior cases and teaching specialty pet training classes, Dr. Parthasarathy enjoys speaking to a wide variety of audiences, including veterinarians, veterinary students, pet trainers, owners, and rescue organizations.

Sample Lecture Topics

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

Become A Speaker

If you are a member and would like to be considered for inclusion,
please submit an application.