Behavior Service

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Dr. Melissa Bain of the UC Davis Clinical Animal Behavior Service works with "Pocket Change" a male puppy in one of the Behavior Service exam rooms at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH).

Welcome to the Behavior Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The service includes highly-qualified board-certified specialists and residents in the nation's largest veterinary behavior program. Common problems that we see are: aggression; separation anxiety; house soiling; urine marking; fears and phobias; as well as species-specific problems, such as feather-picking in birds.

We derive our humane behavior modification techniques from the fields of applied animal behavior and veterinary medicine, and apply these scientific principles to help owners solve their pets' problem behaviors. Appointments include obtaining a complete history, arriving at a diagnosis, discussion of the prognosis, and explanation of the individualized treatment plan. Our goal is to help clients understand their pets' behavior, as they strive to reach their goals.


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