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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.

NameLeslie Sinn DVM, CPDT-KA

Countries of License

United States

State(s) of License

Virginia

Email

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Website

www.behaviorsolutions.guru

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

Previous Speaking Experience

• In addition to teaching an average of 5 courses (12-18) credits both on online and on campus per semester, I have made the following presentations on a local, regional and national level:
• "External Coaptation in the Bird", Veterinary Orthopedic Society Meeting, Sun Valley, Idaho, February 24, 1987
• "External Coaptation of Pelvic Limb Fractures, Case Reports", Mid-Atlantic States Avian Medicine Seminar, April 26, 1989
• "Writing-Across-The-Curriculum", Northern Virginia Community College, faculty education and training workshops (3 per year), 1991-1995
• "Rabbit Husbandry and Veterinary Care", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 4th Symposium, October 1994
• "Ferret Husbandry and Veterinary Care", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 4th Symposium, October 1994
• "Guinea Pig Husbandry and Veterinary Care", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 4th Symposium, October 1994
• "Pot-Bellied Pig Husbandry and Veterinary Care", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 4th, October 1994
• "Fluid Therapy", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 5th Symposium, October 1995
• "Colloid Therapy", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 5th Symposium, October 1995
• "Anesthetic Considerations for the Trauma Patient", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 5th Symposium, October 1995
• "Pain Management", American College of Veterinary Surgeons 5th Symposium, October 1995
• Radio shows-presentations on all aspects of pet care at WFAX, WAGE and WGAY in the D.C. metro area, 1995 - 2000.
• "Improving Herd Health Through Clean Water", North Fork Goose Creek Watershed Project, Loudoun Soil and Conservation, September 25, 1997
• "Monitoring, Behavior and Nursing Care of Horses", American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians Annual Meeting, January 9, 2009
• "Low Stress Handling in a Veterinary Facility", Stonewall Veterinary Clinic, Haymarket, VA, February 8, 2011
• "The State of Veterinary Technology", University of Georgia's Veterinary College Alumni Reunion, April 2009
• Live on Fox 5 in the Morning with Holly Morris, "Veterinary Technology" & "Exotics as Pets"-brought pet chinchilla to highlight unusual pets, October 2009
• "Equine Behavior Roundtable", American Association of Equine Practitioners, co-presented with Dr. Sue McDonnell, December 2010
• "So You Want to Get Published?", Panel member (CE Editor), National Association of Technicians in America, Annual Conference, November 19, 2011
• "Parrot Behavior", Q & A with Jenny Drummy, Phoenix Landing & Stahl's Exotic and Avian Veterinary Services, December 11, 2011
• "Factors Contributing to the Selection and Non-selection of Cats by Potential Adopters", Northern Virginia Community College, Psychology Research Symposium, December 15, 2011
• "Factors Contributing to the Adoption of Cats", Loudoun County Animal Shelter, shelter staff training, January 25, 2012
• "Factors Contributing to the Selection and Non-selection of Cats by Potential Adopters", presented to the Virginia Alliance for Animal Shelters on the following dates via WebEx:
• March 22nd – Rockingham-Harrisonburg County SPCA
• March 23rd – Greater Richmond Area
• April 4th – Wytheville Community College
• April 6th – Southside Comfort Inn, Danville
• April 13th – The Lee Center, Alexandria (live presentation)
• April 17th – Virginia Beach SPCA
• "Equine Behavioral Case Studies", University of Pennsylvania, Is it Physical, Psychological or Both?, March 29, 2012
• "Low-stress Handling and Problem Behavior Prevention", Market Street Animal Clinic, Leesburg, VA, July 19, 2012
• "Parrot Behavior", "Bird Basics and Management for Shelter and Rescues", "Parrot Health and Care", ASPCA and Loudoun County Animal Services-Bird Behavior, Enrichment and Care Training for Shelter Staff, Leesburg, VA, August 23, 2012
• "Common Behavior Myths" and Behavior Q & A, Hoof and Paw Veterinary Hospital, Purcellville, VA, September 15, 2012
• "10 Common Behavior Myths", Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technician's Annual Meeting, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA, September 22, 2012
• "Low Stress Handling", workshop/lab, Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technician's Annual Meeting, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA, September 22, 2012
• "Counter-conditioning to Veterinary Procedures"", workshop/lab, Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technician's Annual Meeting, Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA, September

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 was horseback riding and
dog training. I successfully competed with my first German Shepherd at age 12 and have titled dogs in
obedience, herding and tracking events . By age 16, I was riding in FEI level show jumping competitions.
I have participated in many different disciplines including dressage, hunting, three day events, cutting
and judged trail riding. My behavioral interests are not just limited to dogs and horses. I have also
trained llamas, cows, pigs, parrots, sheep, reptiles, lab and even zoo animals!

I went on to obtain my bachelors degree in Animal Science and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
degree, both from the University of Georgia. I continued on at Georgia for additional training,
successfully completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery while caring for all of the
exotic and avian cases seen at the hospital.

I moved to Northern Virginia in 1985 and helped to establish one of the first avian and exotic practices in
the area. After five years in private practice, I returned to academia when I joined the faculty at the
Northern Virginia Community College's Veterinary Technology Program. As a faculty member, I teach a
variety of courses including behavior, exotic and laboratory animal medicine as well as an number of
other veterinary subjects.

Although I continue to teach at NOVA, my focus is now entirely on behavior. I have completed over
300+ hours of post-graduate studies in psychology, animal behavior and welfare and am currently
fulfilling the requirements of a training program in behavior medicine with the goal of achieving board
certification with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorist (ACVB).

I believe that the bond between people and their pets is special. In a recent American Animal Hospital
Association Pet Owner Survey, 60% or more of pet owners had one or more behavioral concerns about
their pets. The sooner a treatment plan is in place the more likely it is that a problem behavior can be
managed or changed. I am committed to helping clients identify and address those behavioral concerns
so that their pet can continue to be a happy and treasured member of the family.

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Low Stress Handling
  • Common Behavior Myths
  • Avian Behavior

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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