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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.

NameMeredith Stepita DVM, DACVB

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

California

Email

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Website

http://vetbehaviorspecialists.com/index.html

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

Previous Speaking Experience

2012: Alameda Veterinary Medical Association: “General Principles of Prevention and Treatment of Canine Aggression and Anxiety”
2012: American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention: “Turning Cujo into Clifford: Prevention and Treatment of Canine Aggression”
2012: Contra Costa Veterinary Medical Association: “Common Feline Behavior Problems”
2012: Central California Veterinary Medical Association: “Prevention and Treatment of Canine Aggression”
2012: Various behavior lectures (low stress handling, decreasing stress in the veterinary hospital, separation anxiety, canine and feline aggression, unruly behaviors in dogs, feline inappropriate elimination and urine marking, prevention of behavior problems) at local veterinary hospitals
2011-2012: University of California, Davis Behavior Elective Class: “Use of Psychotropic Medications”
2011: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists/ American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Annual Veterinary Behavior Symposium: “Frequency of Parvovirus in Puppies that Attended Puppy Socialization Classes”
2011: Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium: “Prevention and Treatment of Canine Aggression”
2011: University of California, Davis House Officer Seminar Day: “Frequency of Parvovirus in Puppies that Attended Puppy Socialization Classes”
2009-2011: University of California, Davis Behavior Elective Class: “Medical Rule-Outs for Behavior (and Vice Versa)”
2008-2012: Various veterinary student lectures and rounds
2010: Behavior Resident Rounds: “Case Presentation: Canine Aggression”
2009: University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Summer Enrichment Program: “The Behavior Appointment: Communication and Learning Theory”
2009: University of California, Davis 6th Annual Behavior Medicine Symposium: “Human Directed Aggression in Dogs”
2007: Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Grand Rounds: “Selected Canine Behavior Problems”
2006: Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Grand Rounds: “Interpreting ECGs”

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 a small animal rotating internship in Tucson, Arizona. She then worked as a general practice relief veterinarian for a year in Phoenix, Arizona. Her research involves puppy socialization and she has authored chapters on canine aggression, feline anxiety, feline house soiling, and canine and feline mourning in veterinary texts. Meredith is a local and national speaker, and enjoys speaking on preventative behavioral medicine, behavior modification techniques, incorporating behavior into practice, and common canine and feline behavior problems such as aggression, inappropriate elimination, and anxiety disorders.

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.

Become A Speaker

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

Contact us

For any questions, please contact

Carolyn Lincoln, DVM
AVSAB Corresponding Secretary
avsabe@gmail.com

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