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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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NameMelissa Bain DVM, DACVB, MS

Countries of License

United States

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Behavior Specific Education

Board-certified by ACVB (2001) after completing a residency at UC Davis in 2000. MS in Advanced Clinical Research. Have taken part in many seminars and symposia on educational strategies to implement in teaching veterinary students and veterinarians.

Area(s) of Special Interest in Behavior

Human-animal bond and behavior
Common feline and canine behavior problems
Repetitive behaviors of animals

Previous Speaking Experience

Melissa has been invited to give continuing education presentations to veterinarians, veterinary staff, and the animal-owning public at local, national, and international venues, as well as via Internet-based webinars. She received the 2008 Cello Distinguished Lecturer at the UC Davis SVM Fall Symposium.

Speaker Bio: What would you like listed on the website?

Dr. Melissa Bain received her DVM from the University of Illinois and practiced in small and mixed animal clinics in Chicago and Wisconsin for four years before entering the Behavior Residency Program at University of California-Davis. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2001. She received a Master’s degree in Advanced Clinical Research from UC Davis School of Medicine in 2007.

Melissa is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Animal Behavior and the Service Chief of the Clinical Animal Behavior Service at UC Davis, where she mentors residents and students via teaching, research, and clinical case management. She is immediate past-president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a past president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. She has co-authored Canine and Feline Behavior Therapy: Second Edition, and has published chapters in other veterinary textbooks. Her areas of research include, but are not limited to, dog parks, human-animal bond and attachment, stress reduction in sheltered animals, and cognitive dysfunction in dogs and cats. She enjoys speaking on the human-animal bond and behavior, common feline and canine behavior problems, repetitive behaviors of animals, behavior modification, psychopharmacology, incorporating behavior into practice, and medical differentials for behavior and vice versa, as well as other behavior topics.

Sample Lecture Topics:-
- common feline and canine behavior problems
- repetitive behaviors of animals

Sample Lecture Topics

  • Repetitive Behaviors of Animals
  • Myths and Fallacies in Veterinary Behavior
  • How to Make $100,000 by Incorporating Behavior into Practice

Become A Speaker

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