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2022 NAVC Institute Behavioral Medicine Courses


Registration has concluded for this year’s NAVC Institute- we look forward to seeing you again next year!




Two not-to-be missed courses that will help you to better connect with the animals in your care and the humans who love them so that you can comfortably read behavioral clues from your patients and manage the behaviors of your clients.

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New Icon Star BurstEveryday Behavioral Medicine For Nurses/Technicians

May 21-22, 2022 | Orlando, FL

12 CE credit hours (RACE approved) | $1,200

Course Description

In this interactive and collaborative course, all the instructors will focus on best equipping veterinary nurses and technicians – whether they are new to behavioral medicine or have been working in behavior for years –to comfortably maximize their ability to communicate with clients and observe and interpret patient behavior. All the lectures will be case-based and will conclude with a series of comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment approaches.


Event admission includes lodging, meals and all course materials.


Learning Objectives

After completing this program, you will have gained the ability to:

  • Learn how to objectively read and understand canine and feline signaling and use that to identify something deviates from normal.
  • Learn how to intervene in daily behavioral cases that come to your clinic, and gain an understanding of communication protocol.
  • Gain an understanding of different approaches to similar behavioral problems.




Case-Based Applied Behavioral Medicine

May 23-26, 2022 | Orlando, FL

30 CE credit hours (RACE approved) | $4,750


Course Description

This course is intended to allow both the beginner and advanced student of veterinary behavioral medicine to learn how to intervene in both daily (new puppy) and more complex (cat with medical and behavioral problem) cases. In addition to seeing real and video cases, there will be workshops to introduce practical low distress, no restraint, truly collaborative care techniques as a preventative intervention for fear of veterinary visits. All lectures will have case applications embedded in them, and comprehensive reviews of behavioral medications and behavioral modification techniques will be included with the intent that participants learn to apply these skills in their own practices. Group participation is encouraged, and there are daily open question sessions for all instructors. Finally, all instructors are present throughout so that participants can see how different specialists approach the same types of problems, providing insight into how decisions are made and how to encourage and educate clients so that they can become their dog’s or cat’s advocate.


Event cost includes lodging, meals and all course materials.

Learning Objectives

After completing this program, you will have gained the ability to:

  • Learn how to objectively read and understand canine and feline signaling and use that to identify when something deviates from normal.
  • Learn how to craft treatment plans and medication regimens that have a high probability or working with little risk.
  • Learn how to assess risk in diagnostic and treatment processes.
  • Understand contributors to the pathology underlying many behavior problems so that you can intervene with patients before the problem explodes.




Course Leader

Karen Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB 

Course Leader - Karen OverallDr. Karen L. Overall has BA, MA and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did her residency training in veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviourists (DACVB). Dr. Overall ran the Behavior Clinic at Penn Vet for more than a dozen years. She has also served on the faculty of Penn Med. Dr. Overall is a Professor of Behavioural Medicine at Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI and lectures at veterinary schools worldwide.

Dr. Overall is the author of hundreds of scholarly publications, textbook chapters, commentaries, et cetera and the texts Clinical Behavioural Medicine for Small Animals (1997; Elsevier) and Manual of Clinical Behavioural Medicine for Dogs and Cats (2013; Elsevier) and of the DVD, Humane Behavioural Care for Dogs: Problem Prevention and Treatment (2013; Elsevier). She is the editor-in-chief for Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research (Elsevier). In addition to having given hundreds of lectures to various associations worldwide, Dr. Overall frequently consults for welfare groups, governments, the entire range of working dog organizations and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Overall has been named the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Small Animal Speaker of the Year and 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. Dr. Overall’s research focuses on neurobehavioral genetics of dogs, the development of normal and abnormal behaviors especially with respect to early experience, assessment of behavior, with an emphasis on working dogs, truly humane routine behavioral care and psychopharmacology.


Additional Instructors
  • Lynn Honeckman, DVM
  • Goncalo Pereira, DVM, MsC, PhD, Dip ECAWBM (BM), Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL)
  • 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, the Pet Professional Guild, and other international member organizations.



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