Melissa Bain


Medicine & Epidemiology

2105 Tupper Hall, Davis, CA 95616

California Veterinary Medical Board
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare
Fear Free(sm) certified
Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine, certificate
Suicide Prevention Training Certificate, QPR Institute
Mental Health First Aid Training Certificate, National Council for Behavioral Health
1990, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
1994, DVM, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
2007, MS, University of California School of Medicine, Davis, CA
2007, University of California Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Sacramento, CA
Active Research Grants
Co-Principal Investigator, Joint human-canine risk factors for dog bites to family members in the home: A case-crossover approach, Messam LLM (Principal Investigator), UCD School of Veterinary Medicine OIP Early Career Research Application
Co-Principal Investigator, Effects of trazodone on behavioral and physiological signs of stress in dogs visiting a veterinary clinic, Kim SA (Principal Investigator), Fear Free
Co-Investigator, Effects of a surrogate mother on misdirected oral behaviors in orphaned neonatal kittens , Vernau K (Principal Investigator), Winn Feline Foundation
Co-Principal Investigator, Effects of maternal separation on distress vocalizations and activity in neonatal kittens during a brief nest separation, Lowell KJ (Principal Investigator), UC Davis SVM: Student Training in Advanced Research
Principal Investigator, Validation of Maddie's Pet Assistant, (Principal Investigator), Maddie's Fund Summer Scholar Grants
Principal Investigator, Novel methods to measure the activity and behaviors of domestic cats, Felis silvestris, (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health
Co-Investigator, The effects of early life experience on growth, health, and behavior of orphaned kittens, Vernau K; Buffington CAT (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health
Honors and Awards
2008 Cello Distinguished Lecturer at the UC Davis SVM Fall Symposium in 2008
2013 VMTH P.I.E. (Positively Impacting another Employee)
2016 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2020 Buffington CAT, Bain M: Stress and Feline Health, Scherk M, (ed), Veterinary Clinics: Small Animal Practice: Feline Practice-Integrating Medicine and Well-Being (Part I), . .
2020 Bain MJ, Buffington CAT : The Relationship Between Mental and Physical Health, McMillan FD, (ed), Mental Health and Well-being in Animals, 2nd Edition, . .
2019 Bain MJ: Overview of Animal Training: A Welfare Perspective, Choe J, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Second Edition, . .
2018 Bain MJ: Chapter 35: Flank sucking, Horwitz D, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd edition, Hoboken, NJ. .
2018 Bain MJ: Chapter 34: Compulsive/repetitive disorders: Canine and feline overview, Horwitz D, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd edition, Hoboken, NJ. .
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 BehaviorVeterinary Welfare