William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Activities, Procedures, & Forms

We see various types of animals, with many different behavioral problems. Some of the problems we routinely treat are:

  • Dogs: aggression, barking, destructiveness, fear, housesoiling, phobias, and separation anxiety
  • Cats: urine marking, inappropriate elimination, aggression, over-grooming, and scratching
  • Birds: aggression, anxiety, fear, and feather picking
  • Pet rodents and rabbits: aggression, repetitive behaviors
  • Horses: aggression, fear, trailering problems, foal rejection, and repetitive behaviors
  • Cattle and other production animals: welfare and husbandry issues related to production

We also perform evaluations of shelter or other long-term housed animals to evaluate their behavior and welfare, as well as help shelters develop behavior protocols for the staff to implement. While behavioral observations ('temperament tests') are used, we derive a lot of the information from the history of the animal in question. Please contact our service for more information.

The Behavior Service at UC Davis provides trained and experienced veterinarians, who have a specialty in Animal Behavior. This background enables our Faculty and Staff to consider possible medical conditions which may also affect the behavior of the animal as a whole.

Our veterinary students directly take part in our process, with the Veterinarian in charge, affording real-life experience in the pre-history research, diagnosis, prognosis and plan for treating the client’s pet.  Prio rto the appointment, we ask for the owner to provide information to assist the Practitioner and student better understand the needs of the pet and the family

  • Our Behavior Questionnaire: An  in-depth review of the family dynamic in regard to the pet, as well as a review of its environmental  and prior training history
  • A medical pre-history from the pet’s current veterinarian
  •  Submitted  video touring the pet’s environment and an example of the pet’s behavior (if safe)

With this information, we can develop a specially tailor treatment plan, which is communicated through face-to-face communication, training performed with the owner and pet, as well as written materials to provide a synopsis of the visit. All family members are encourage to take part in the appointments. Training tools, such as collars, leashes, muzzles, harnesses and other items may be discussed and even fitted during the visit. Communication between and after appointments is heavily encourage to keep owners motivated and confident in the direction of the training (reasonable phone/email follow up is included within the appointment fee). Our dog appointments also include a follow-up appointment (4 weeks after the initial visit) to track the patient’s progress, answer questions and add to the treatment plan activities.

Our service also offers housecalls in the local area with prior approval from Personnel. These are much more valuable for problem behaviors in cats. A travel fee will be charged.

We also perform evaluations of shelter or other long-term housed animals to evaluate their behavior and welfare, as well as help shelters develop behavior protocols for the staff to implement. While behavioral observations ('temperament tests') are used, we derive a lot of the information from the history of the animal in question. Please contact our service for more information.

***If you have made an appointment, click here to download the dog prehistory form or click here to download the cat prehistory form.  Fill it out and return it to vetbehavior@ucdavis.edu or fax to 530-752-7616.***