Behavior Medicine and Animal Welfare Club

Speaker Bios

Dr. Tamara Pierce DVM, Assistant Clinical Professor

Our very own Dr. Pierce is a clinician at the Center for Companion Animal Health at UC Davis and a clinical professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Karen Sueda DVM, ACVB

After graduating from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Karen Sueda completed an internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. She subsequently returned to UC Davis to complete a Clinical Animal Behavior Residency and became a board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist in 2007. In addition to seeing veterinary behavior cases throughout Southern California, Dr. Sueda has served as President and member of the Executive Board of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Dr. Sueda's special interests include feline behavior, canine anxiety disorders and the human-animal bond. She credits her cat Tyler for teaching her more about feline behavior and training than any textbook.

Dr. Gary Landsberg DVM, MRCVS,DACVB, dipECVBM-CA

Dr. Gary Landsberg is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario. He is veterinary behaviourist at the North Toronto Animal Clinic, a specialty behavior and dermatology practice in Thornhill, Ontario (Greater Toronto area), where he sees canine and feline behavior cases on a referral basis. (See He is also a partner in two companion animal practices, Doncaster Animal Clinic and Steeles Veterinary Service where he sees cases both in general practice. (Seet

Dr. Landsberg is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and served as president in 2004-2006. He is also a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Behaviourists (ECVBM-CA) and serves on their executive board. He has served as president of the Toronto Academy of Veterinary Medicine, as a conference coordinator for the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, co-chair of the 2005 International Veterinary Behavior Meeting and as chair of the professional development committee of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. He has been a mentor for student externships and behavior residents for both ACVB and ECVBM-CA. He presently is mentor for three ACVB behavior specialty training programs in Thornhill, Ottawa and Detroit. He is co-author of the Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, now in its 2nd edition, from Saunders / Elsevier, an online set of client handouts from Lifelearn, and a series of behavior client handouts from the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Landsberg was also the co-editor of two TFH publications Cat Behavior and Training and Dog Behavior and Training. In total, he has authored, co-authored and edited over 100 publications including journal publications and chapters in veterinary texts. He is Director of Veterinary affairs for CanCog, a company that investigates and develops new therapeutic agents for brain aging, health and behavior in dogs and cats. He is an adjunct professor at the Ontario Veterinary college, a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, a consulting service for veterinarians and is on the scientific advisory board for a number of veterinary companies and veterinary journals.

Dr. Landsberg is a frequent speaker at veterinary conferences around the world including numerous local, provincial and state associations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Australia and throughout Europe, as well as, to name a few, the World Small Animal Veterinary Conference, British Small Animal Veterinary Association, the Canadian, American, Australian and Italian Veterinary Medical Associations, the North American, Western States, Central States and American Animal Hospital Association conferences.

Dr. Landsberg has also been active in all aspects of media from print interviews to feature articles as well as radio and TV interviews across Canada and the United States. He hosted his own TV show on the Life Network in Canada, Free for the Asking � Pets and a call in radio show on CFRB in Toronto. Dr. Landsberg was the recipient of the 2000 AAHA "Friskies" Award for excellence in companion animal behavior.

Dr. Anita Varga DVM

Dr. Varga is a staff veterinarian at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital's Large Animal Clinic. She and the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Club at UC Davis, with the help of the Behavior Medicine Club, put on a great seminar together last year. The 2nd Beef Improvement & Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar will be January 9th, 2013. More information is available on our webiste in the upcoming events section.

Dr. Jeannine Berger DVM, DACVB

Dr. Jeannine Berger obtained her veterinary degree in 1991 in Zuerich, Switzerland. Aftergraduation she worked at the University of Zuerich, where she completed her doctoral thesis.She then worked in private practice before moving to Davis, CA in 1998. Since then she hascompleted a residency in veterinary behavior and attained board certification with the AmericanCollege for Veterinary Behaviorists (2007). She worked for UCD until 2010. She is currentlythe Director of Behavior Resources at the San Francisco SPCA and owns a private consultingbusiness for Veterinary Behavior Medicine. Jeannine Berger focuses on strengthening thehuman-animal bond by helping owners modify and manage their animal’s unwanted behavior.She specializes in behavior modification and specialty training for dogs, cats and horses. Herprofessional interests include anxiety and aggression problems in horses, dogs and cats as well asaddressing repetitive behaviors and unruly behaviors such as jumping, barking, chewing, diggingand many others.
Dr. Berger believes that prevention is the best form of therapy. When miscommunication andproblems in the human- animal relationship can be addressed early on, the chance of an animalstaying the home is significantly higher. Dr. Berger wishes that more people would turn to theirVeterinarian for behavioral advice since behavior problems can have medical underlying causes.

Dr. Liz Stelow DVM

Dr. Liz Stelow was born and raised in California. After earning a Bachelor's degre in English from Georgetown University, she began a career in public and community relations. She served as the public relations director for a large animal shelter in the Los Angeles area. During her tenure, she decided to pursue veterinary training and received her DVM from UC Davis in 2006. Since that time, she has been a relief veterinarian in the Davis area. Her interest in behavior spans most companion mammal and bird species, and includes anxiety, aggression, and the human-animal bond. She is currently the resident with UC Davis's behavior service. 

Dr. Brian Speer DVM, DIP ABVP, ECZM

Brian Speer was raised in a small town in California's central coast area. He received his baccalaureate of science degree in biological sciences with a concentration in zoology from California Polytechnic State University in 1978, and his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Since 1989, he has limited his practice in the San Francisco Bay area to include exclusively bird species, where his patients include companion and aviary birds, breeding bird collections, zoologic display collections, and performing animals. Brian received his board specialty status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in February 1996, and was certified in the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery in 1999.

An active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), he has served as chair of the Aviculture Committee, as a director of the board, and as president. He has served as Research Director for the American Ostrich Research Foundation, Veterinary Advisory Council for the American Federation of Aviculture, as a director for the Model Aviculture Plan, on the advisory board for the Advocates for Bird Conservation, and is currently an Avian Medicine folder editor for the Veterinary Information Network.

Brian is well published in the AAV annual proceedings, has served as guest editor for the journal Seminars in Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine, and authored chapters in several recent veterinary medical texts on pet bird, avicultural, and ratite medical topics. He is a co-author of the 530-page textbook, The Large Macaws, published in 1995, and Birds for Dummies, published in 1999. Brian is a sought-after guest speaker at veterinary seminars, avicultural conventions, and bird clubs throughout the United States and abroad.