• Applied Behavioral Medicine

    Fee: $4,150 (lodging and meals included)

    32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

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    Almost 60% of clients have questions about their dog’s or cat’s behavior during any visit, and research indicates that most of these questions go unanswered. This course was created to bridge the gap between need and knowledge. This is an applied behavioral medicine course designed to allow practitioners to go home and start working with patient behaviors that they might have previously avoided. All instructors are present for all lectures and labs because discussion, demonstration and practical application is at the core of this course. During lectures, instructors provide the theoretical basis for understanding the etiology of behavioral pathology within the context of a stepwise approach to patient workup and treatment. The labs are specifically designed to teach hands-on observational, interventional and fear-diminishing handling skills. The use of video cases, combined with the interactive format for which this course is renown, will provide the practitioner with skills that are immediately useful. Participants, especially those who are taking the course for a 2nd or 3rd time, are invited to bring questions and short case synopses and videos for discussion. This is an intense, rigorous, intellectually stimulating and fun course designed to renew the curiosity that will help practitioners forge new and courageous skills benefiting their patients and clients. This course is updated annually, with a changing focus on core topics so that participants can retake this course as often as they’d like. It is expected that advanced students have a different experience in the course than do beginners, but everyone works together, and continues to benefit from that bond after the course ends since this course invariably gives rise to an interactive listserv. Our goal is to change the way medicine is practiced to benefit everyone’s mental health in a kinder, gentler and more informed, scientifically grounded setting.



    After completing this program, you will be able to:



    Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB

    Course Leader

    Karen Overall,

    Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, holds BA, MA and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and is Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior. Dr. Overall has given hundreds of national and international presentations and short courses and is the author of over 100 scholarly publications, dozens of textbook chapters and hundreds of abstracts, columns and commentaries, et cetera. Dr. Overall has also authored the texts Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals (Elsevier, 1997) and Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats (Elsevier, 2013), and the DVD, Humane Behavioral Care for Dogs: Problem Prevention and Treatment (Elsevier, 2013).

    She is the founding editor-in-chief for Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research (Elsevier). Dr. Overall has been named the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Small Animal Speaker of the Year and in 2010 was named one of the The Bark’s 100 Best and Brightest – Bark Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the dog world over the past 25 years. She is currently a senior research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, where she focuses on neurobehavioral genetics of dogs, the development of normal and abnormal behaviors and how we assess behavior, especially as concerns working dogs.


    Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVB
    Lynn Honeckman, DVM
    Kersti Seksel, BVSc (Hons), MRCVS, MA (Hons), FACVSc, DACVB, DECAWBM


    1. Text: Overall, K. L., Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats, Elsevier, St. Louis, 2013. Available in the NAVC Bookstore.
    2. Journal: Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, Elsevier (www.journalvetbehavior.com).Subscriptions to the Journal are included (at low and subsidized subscription rates) with membership to the International Association of Working and Breeding Dogs (iwdba.org) the Pet Professional Guild (petprofessionalguild.com), and other international member organizations (see the website).

    ABVP registrants will have early access to VetFolio to download course materials.

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