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Melissa Bain- DVM, MS
Professor of Clinical
Medicine & Epidemiology

2105 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616


   

Research Focus

Evaluating the effectiveness of prevention and treatment of problem behaviors, primarily in primarily companion animals, and the effects on the human-animal bond and humane care of animals.

Specialty Focus

Veterinary Behavior

Veterinary Welfare

Education

1990 Animal Science, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
1994 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
2007 MS Advanced Clinical Research, University of California School of Medicine, Davis, CA
2007 Teaching Scholars Program, University of California Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Sacramento, CA

Honors and Awards

2016 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, from the American Veterinary Medical Association
2013 VMTH P.I.E. (Positively Impacting another Employee)
2008 Cello Distinguished Lecturer at the UC Davis SVM Fall Symposium in 2008

Licenses

California Veterinary Medical Board
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Exploration of the Effects of Stress in Cats with Urolithiasis, Karen van Haaften (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health funding for Resident Project

Principal Investigator, Foraging Behavior Under Threat and Enrichment in Confined Cats, (Principal Investigator), Winn Feline Foundation

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of Melatonin Supplementation as a Method of Improving Sleep and Reducing Stress-Related Behaviors in Recently Impounded Dogs, (Principal Investigator), Maddie's Idea Lab

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Melissa Bain: Effect of a synthetic feline facial pheromone on stress scores and upper respiratory tract infection rate in shelter cats 2017 Chadwin R, Bain MJ, Kass PH Effect of a synthetic feline facial pheromone on stress scores and upper respiratory tract infection rate in shelter cats J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: The effect of different types of classical music at a veterinary hospital on the behavior of pets and owner satisfaction 2016 Engler WJ, Bain MJ The effect of different types of classical music at a veterinary hospital on the behavior of pets and owner satisfaction J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: Owner observations regarding cat scratching behavior: An Internet-based survey 2016 Wilson C, Bain MJ, DePorter T, Beck A, Grassie V, Landsberg G Owner observations regarding cat scratching behavior: An Internet-based survey J Feline Med Surg,
  • Melissa Bain: The relationship between coat color and behaviors In the domestic cat 2016 Stelow L, Bain MJ, Kass P The relationship between coat color and behaviors In the domestic cat J Appl Anim Welf Sci,
  • Melissa Bain: Animal behavior case of the month: Light and shadow chasing in a Border Collie with dysautonomia 2015 Bain MJ, Good K Animal behavior case of the month: Light and shadow chasing in a Border Collie with dysautonomia J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: POST Law Enforcement K-9 Guidelines - State of California (peer-reviewed document) 2014 Aldred W, Anderson G, Aulis G, Azevedo J, Bain MJ, Blum S, Brewer S, Cloward R, Fara T, Frawley M, Gustafson B, Inglis D, Ingreso R, Keetle D, Kelliher A, Kinney R, Kraft D, Kunkle J, Lopez L, Miller J, Mitchell D, Phipps P, Poindexter M, Praet B, RackleyR, Rios R, Savage J, Scofield S, Upham B, Seaman D, Slominski B, Sumner S, Tawney G, Ward D, Wolosewicz E, Zwickey J POST Law Enforcement K-9 Guidelines - State of California (peer-reviewed document) ,
  • Melissa Bain: Behavioral and physiological responses of weaned foals treated with equine appeasing pheromone: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial 2013 Berger JM, Spier SJ, Davie R, Gardner IA, Leutenegger CM, Bain MJ Behavioral and physiological responses of weaned foals treated with equine appeasing pheromone: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial J Vet Behav,
  • Melissa Bain: Animal behavior case of the month. Noise phobia, cognitive dysfunction, separation anxiety, attention-seeking behavior, and medical causes 2013 Stepita ME, Bain MJ Animal behavior case of the month. Noise phobia, cognitive dysfunction, separation anxiety, attention-seeking behavior, and medical causes J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: Owner attachment and problem behaviors related to relinquishment and training techniques of dogs 2013 Kwan J, Bain MJ Owner attachment and problem behaviors related to relinquishment and training techniques of dogs J Appl Anim Welf Sci,
  • Melissa Bain: Frequency of CPV infection in vaccinated puppies that attended puppy socialization classes 2013 Stepita ME, Bain MJ, Kass PH Frequency of CPV infection in vaccinated puppies that attended puppy socialization classes J Am Anim Hosp Assoc,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2016 Bain MJ: Chapter 89: Update on feline housesoiling and urine marking, Little S, (ed), August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, Volume 7, 1st Edition, St. Louis, MO. 890-9.

2015 Bain MJ: Housesoiling-Dogs, Tilley LP, Smith FWK, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, 6th edition, Hoboken, NJ. 643-4.

2014 Bain MJ, Stelow EA: Feline aggression toward family members: A guide for practitioners, , Veterinary Clinics: Small Animal Practice: Behavior: A Guide for Practitioners. 581-97.

2014 Bain MJ, Reich M: Tail-chasing, fly-swatting-what's happening here? (Compulsive behaviors: I'd like to stop, but I can't), Ciribassi J, Horwitz D, (ed), Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, New York, NY. .

2011 Bain MJ: Housesoiling-Dogs, Tilley LP, Smith F, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, 5th edition, Hoboken, NJ. .