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Community Practice Clinic

Behavioral Medicine

Please note that our Behavioral Medicine Service operates out of our Community Practice Clinic, which is located on the main UGA campus next to the original College of Veterinary Medicine building.  Get Directions

Our service is open part time. Appointments are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some dedicated Wednesdays throughout the year. Call 706.542.1984 or email behavior@uga.edu to make yours today!

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Did you know that dogs and cats can suffer from mental illnesses and behavioral conditions just like people? Mental wellness is one of the most important pillars when it comes to quality of life. Problem behaviors not only affect your pet but also its relationship with the family. Show your pet how much you care and schedule an appointment with our Behavioral Medicine Service today!

Several million animals are surrendered to shelters, abandoned or euthanized in the U.S. every year. Behavior problems are the reason in about a third of all cases. However, treatment is available and is effective for most cases. Prevention is also lifesaving when it comes to behavior and mental health. Aggression, one of the most common problem behaviors reported in dogs and cats, puts adult people, children, and other animals at risk. Aggressive behavior can be avoided by socializing pets early and by introducing companions to a variety of new situations in a controlled environment. A veterinary behaviorist can help you with that.

Why a specialized veterinarian for behavioral problems?

A veterinary behaviorist will teach you how your pet’s brain work and to understand and manage their behavior. Veterinary behaviorists treat conditions such as impulsive, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. They can also diagnose medical conditions that may affect behavior. A medical work-up is a fundamental part of any behavioral evaluation. Only veterinarians can prescribe psychoactive medication, which can be a helpful tool in the treatment of some behavioral disorders.

Veterinary behaviorists treat all species: cats, dogs, rabbits, exotic and zoo species, wildlife, horses and other large animals. They also develop training programs to promote gentler and easier handling of animals to make the experience at the veterinarian a more pleasant and safer one for all involved.

Our Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Service also works to gain new knowledge about the behavior of animals and how to improve their welfare. Our goals are to:

  • Help owners and caregivers understand the brain and the behavior of animals, and to improve human-animal communication and relationships
  • Treat and manage behavior problems and behavioral/mental health disorders
  • Teach veterinary students and veterinarians
  • Develop research in animal behavior, clinical behavioral medicine and animal welfare

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