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
Did you know that dogs and cats can suffer from mental illnesses just like people?
Mental wellness is one of the most important pillars when it comes to quality of life.
Show your pet how much you care and schedule an appointment with our Behavioral Medicine Service today!
Several million animals are surrendered to shelters in the U.S. every year. Behavior problems are the reason for relinquishment 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. For instance, aggression is one of the most common problem behaviors reported in dogs and cats, putting people, especially 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 can teach owners to understand and manage their pet’s behavior. Veterinary behaviorists can also treat abnormal behaviors such as compulsive behaviors and phobias. They can also diagnose medical conditions that may affect behavior. A medical work-up is fundamental part of any behavioral evaluation. Only veterinarians can prescribe psychoactive medication, which can be a helpful tool in the treatment of behavior disorders.
Veterinary behaviorists treat all species: cats, dogs, rabbits, exotic and zoo species, wildlife, horses and other large animals. They can also develop training programs to promote gentler and easier handling of animals.
At the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Behavioral Medicine Service, we also work on gaining new knowledge about the behavior of animals and how to improve their welfare. Our goals are to:
- Help owners and caregivers understand the behavior of animals, and to improve human-animal communication
- Treat and manage behavior problems and behavioral disorders
- Teach senior veterinary students about animal behavior and behavioral therapy
- Develop research in animal behavior and welfare