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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

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NamePatrick Melese DVM, MA, DACVB

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License



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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.

Previous Speaking Experience

Extensive since about 1981 including to various local and regional VMAs, multiple times at AVMA including lectures and "wet lab," Animal Behavior Society, American Humane Society meetings, various media including TV and radio.

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 operated the Tierrasanta Veterinary Hospital in San Diego before accepting an appointment as clinical faculty specialist in Behavioral Medicine with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine after which he returned to private specialty practice in San Diego. Dr. Melese's training includes a Master’s degree from UC Davis where his subjects were Animal Behavior and Neuroscience and he received his DVM from U.C. Davis in 1986. He has been active in the field of Clinical Animal Behavior including providing regional and national veterinary continuing education programs, publications and clinical research. Dr. Melese has worked as a consultant to practitioners, clients, breeders, shelters and institutions with specific behavioral problems and also serves regularly as an expert witness in animal-related legal cases in Superior Court.

Sample Lecture Topics

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

Become A Speaker

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