||Dr. Barbara Sherman
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Why Should I Care About Animal Behavior?
I’m Here to Learn About Veterinary Medicine!
- Behavioral problems are the #1 cause of death of companion animals in shelters in the United States because:
- Behavioral complaints are the most common reason for relinquishment of dogs and one of the most common reasons for relinquishment of cats
- Over 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized each year in animal shelters across America, most for reasons associated with behavior
- A lot of medical problems can present behaviorally—the two can be very difficult to differentiate!!! The more you know about behavior and medicine, the better doctor you will be.
- Clients will look to you for advice on behavior. If you don’t talk to your clients about behavior, they could easily get wrong or even harmful advice from the internet, TV, a friend, etc.
- If you are pro-active and talk with clients about their pet’s behavior as soon as they acquire a new pet, you can prevent a lot of common behavioral problems, and help strengthen the human-animal bond.
- Behavior is applicable to ALL species, not just small animals!!!
- Behavior is a recognized specialty by the AVMA: the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)
We hope that you will become a member of the Behavior Club to learn more about behavior, and become better equipped to assist friends, family, future clients, and most importantly yourselves with behavioral issues.