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Behavioral Medicine Workshop

Hosted by: Office of Continuing Education
From: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


This workshop will offer 4 hours of continuing education credit and be offered live via ZOOM.

Recorded lectures will not be available after the workshop. 

Registration is now closed. Please contact Cheryl at cheryls@uga.edu with any questions.

Event Information

Veterinarian Registration Fee : $159
Veterinary Technician/Nurse Registration Fee : $135




Office of Continuing Education
Phone Number: (706) 542-1451
Email: cheryls@uga.edu

Event Agenda


Start Time
End Time
1:00 pm 1:10 pm
1:10 pm 2:00 pm
Separation Anxiety Disorder from Diagnosis to Treatment
Dr. Leticia M. Souza Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB, Certified Fear Free Professional and member of the Fear Free Advisory Board
2:00 pm 2:10 pm
2:10 pm 3:50 pm
Psychopharmacology and Behavior Therapy Applied to Facilitating Veterinary Handling and Providing Compassionate, Stress-free Veterinary Care
Dr. Leticia M. Souza Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB, Certified Fear Free Professional and member of the Fear Free Advisory Board and Lynsey Jackson, RVT, BSA, Fear Free Certified Veterinary Technician
3:50 pm 4:00 pm
4:00 pm 4:50 pm
Fear Free Approach in Veterinary Medicine
Acacia M. Roman, DVM


  • Dr. Leticia M. Souza Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB, Certified Fear Free Professional and member of the Fear Free Advisory Board

    Dr. Dantas earned her DVM at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in sunny Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003. She obtained a M.S. on feline medicine and welfare in 2008 and a Ph.D. on domestic cat social behavior, aggression and environmental enrichment for shelter and communally housed cats in 2010. Dr. Dantas has over 16 years of experience working in academia. She has taught Ethology, Behavioral Medicine, Bioethics and Animal Welfare Science and trained senior veterinary students in Clinical Behavioral Medicine. In 2009, she came to work at University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine service, where she also did her residency. She is the co-founder and co-director of ZooPsych, Inc., a consulting business in behavioural medicine and animal mental health, is a member of the advisory panel for the Fear Free initiative and certified Fear Free professional. She is the director and attending faculty of our VTH’s Behavioral Medicine Service and one of the editors of the textbook Veterinary Psychopharmacology.

  • Lynsey Jackson, RVT, BSA, FFCP

    Lynsey earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture (Animal and Poultry Science) in 2010 at the University of Georgia. She began working with a local zoo, where she trained the animals to aid in basic husbandry and veterinary care. In 2011, she was recruited to work for the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Behavioral Medicine Service and earned her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology in 2019, allowing her to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She is a Fear Free Certified Professional and a steadfast believer in low stress handling techniques to help reduce fear, stress, and anxiety associated with veterinary care. She is a regular guest lecturer at Athens Technical College and Victoria Stilwell Academy, and has given talks to numerous shelters in the Athens area and Atlanta.

  • Acacia M. Roman, DVM

    Dr. Acacia Roman was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and owned a mixed animal practice in Puerto Rico from 1995-2008. In 2008, Dr. Roman relocated to the state of Georgia and worked as a small animal practitioner for Banfield Pet Hospital in Duluth, Ga until June 2012.
    In July 2012 she joined the Royal Canin USA Scientific Services Veterinarian team where she participated delivering continuing education programs on nutritional management of diseases of the renal, dermatological, gastrointestinal, urological systems, and obesity.
    In July 2017 Dr. Roman joined the Technical Services Veterinary team at Vetoquinol USA. She supports the company’s sales force and veterinarians in the field.
    Her professional interests are Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Nutrition, Rehabilitation, and Behavior. She is an Elite Fear Free certified professional and belongs to the Fear Free Speakers Bureau.
    Dr. Roman is undergoing the certification as a Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and plans to take the certification exam as soon as she can completes her internship after COVID.
    She is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology (AAVD), AVMA, GVMA (Georgia VMA), and PRVMA (Puerto Rico VMA).
    Dr. Roman continues to practice as a locum veterinarian in the state of Georgia.
    Dr. Roman is married to Edgardo Rivera, also a veterinarian. Together they live in Duluth, Ga and have two wonderful sons, Guillermo 21 and Juan Pablo 20. They enjoy traveling nationally and internationally, hiking, the ocean, and spending quality time together.


Additional Information

Thanks to Vetoquinol, we are able to offer a reduced registration fee.