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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.

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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.

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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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NameTerri A. Derr D.V.M.

Countries of License

United States

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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.

Previous Speaking Experience

On February 8, 2014, Dr. Derr gave 4 hours of lecture at the Annual Applied Behavior Conference in Madison, Wisconsin. Her topics were 'Practicing Behavior Medicine without Board Certification', 'The Art of Behavior Consultations', 'The Development of Social Behavior in Dogs', and 'Preventative Behavioral Medicine'.

Dr. Derr met with with the combined behavior and shelter medicine clubs at the U of M vet school on January 15, 2014, talking about behavior evaluations in animal shelters.

On November 17, 2013 Dr. Derr presented two hours on Safe Animal Handling and First Aid for the
Minnesota Animal Disaster Coalition as part of their annual training meeting.

On February 21, 2013 Dr. Derr presented an original research paper and poster at the Midwest Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio. "A Successful Approach to Decreasing the Incidence of Feline Upper Respiratory Infection in an Animal Shelter" was included as one of three presentations on Advances in Shelter Medicine" sponsored by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

Dr. Derr has met twice with the students of the Behavior Club at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She spoke about Common Behavior Problems, and about Using Behavior in Everyday Veterinary Practice.

On May 9, 2012, Dr. Derr spent an hour and a half with the first year vet students at the U of M. talking about behavior problems in normal dogs.

Dr. Derr presented two hours of lecture at the 2012 MAVT convention on Friday, February 3, 2012. Her topics were "How to Speak Dog", and "When Dogs Attack...some views on canine aggression".
The MAVT convention was at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis on February 3 and 4, 2012.

North Star Therapy Dogs, a group of volunteers with Delta Certified therapy dogs, invited Dr. Derr to their
volunteer meeting on January 20, 2012 to discuss sings of aging in dogs, especially as it affects their work as therapy dogs.

Dr. Derr discussed "Feral Cat Behavior and Management" with the volunteers of The Wildcat Sanctuary on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

On Sunday, July 10, 2011 Dr. Derr presented a talk entitled "How to Speak Dog" at the annual Volunteer Picnic for RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota).

Dr. Derr was among the behavior experts quoted in a WebMD article about cats keeping owners awake at night.

On Thursday, March 24, 2011, Westonka Animal Hospital hosted Dr. Derr for an informal presentation for its clients on Common Pet Behavior Issues.

During the Midwest Veterinary Conference, held in Columbus, Ohio from February 24 to 27, 2011, Dr. Derr assissted attendees of the Gentle Leader demonstration and lab. She also helped with the low stress animal handling wet lab.

Dr. Derr was invited by the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians to speak at their annual meeting, held in Minneapolis on February 11, 2011. Dr. Derr's talk was titled "Rational Shelter Medicine".

On November 23, 2010. Dr. Derr presented a lecture on "Canine Behavior Assessments in Animal Shelters" to an undergraduate class in animal behavior at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Derr spoke on "Surgical Standards in Shelters" as part of the Forum on Feline Overpopulation presented by the Minnesota Conference and MVMA. The event was held at the Kelly Inn in St. Cloud, MN on May 19, 2010.

July 2007: The Effect of a Behavioral Enrichment Program on Urinary Cortisol/Creatinine Ratios in Adult Cats in a Limited Admission Animal Shelter-(short communication) presented at the AVSAB/ACVB scientific meeting in Washington, D.C.

April 2007: Normal Social Development in the Dog (90 minutes)-presented at the annual meeting of Retrieve A Golden of Minnesota, a breed rescue group in Hopkins, MN.

October 2006: Feline Elimination Problems (90 minutes)-presented at a meeting of the Minnesota Association of Veterinary Technicians in Woodbury, MN.

April 2006: Canine Communication (2 hours) and Feline Communication (2 hours)-presented at the Minnesota Animal Control Association annual meeting in Morton, MN.

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 she began seeing behavior cases in veterinary practice, and in the years since then has seen hundreds of cases.

In 2002 she attended the first North American Veterinary Conference Post Graduate Institute course in Animal Behavior. She continues to pursue continuing education in behavior; in July of 2005 she attended the International Veterinary Behavior Society meeting in Minneapolis. In 2007 Dr. Derr presented an original short research topic at the meeting of the combined College of Veterinary Behaviorists/American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior. In 2013 she was one of three presenters chosen to deliver a short talk on Updates in Shelter Medicine by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

Dr. Derr founded Veterinary Behavior Options in 2004. Her mission is to keep pets in their homes by providing convenient, reasonably priced behavior consultations to veterinary clients. Dr. Derr has an abiding interest in the welfare of shelter animals, and has served as Staff Veterinarian as well as Director of Operations for several local humane societies.

Dr. Derr is a licensed veterinarian in Minnesota and Ohio. She is a member of the AVMA, MVMA, OVMA, the Association for Shelter Veterinarians, and the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior.

She was the Director of Behavior for Foster My Pet, an organization dedicated to helping pet owners in crisis keep their pets.

Sample Lecture Topics

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

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