• Applied Clinical Behavioral Medicine


    Fee: $3,750 (lodging and meals included)*

    32 CE credit hours (RACE approved)

    * Prices increase after March 31, 2017. 

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    Behavior problems result in the death or relinquishment of more dogs and cats than infectious, neoplastic and endocrine disease, combined. 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. Virtually all behavioral problems are treatable and treatment results in a safer, calmer, happier community of pets. Yet education in and access to behavioral medicine remain enormous unmet needs. Few veterinary schools offer comprehensive education in modern behavioral medicine. Practices that invest in integrating behavioral medicine into their services experience growth in the complexity of services delivered across all medical fields because patients live longer and better lives.

    This course was created to bridge the gap between need and knowledge. As an applied behavioral medicine course, the instructors will 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. 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. Course participants can retake this course… the discussions and practical applications drive this course and they are always changing and updated.




    After completing this program, you will be able to:




    NAVC Institute Instructor, Karen Overall

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

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

    Karen Overall holds BA, MA and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior. She is the author of over 100 scholarly publications, dozens of textbook chapters and hundreds of abstracts, columns, 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). 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.


    Martin Godbout, DVM, DACVB
    Lynn Honeckman, DVM
    Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP2
    Kersti Seksel, BVSc (Hons), MRCVS, MA (Hons), FACVSc, DACVB, DECAWBM

    Recommended Supplemental Reading:

    1. Text: Overall, K. L., Manual of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Dogs and Cats, Elsevier, St. Louis, 2013.

    2. Journal: Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, Elsevier. Subscriptions to the Journal are included (at low and subsidized subscription rates) with membership to the International Association of Working and Breeding Dogs and the Pet Professional Guild.

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