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2022 NAVC Institute Behavioral Medicine Courses

Case-Based Applied Behavioral Medicine

Veterinarians – May 23-26, 2022

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

Everyday Behavioral Medicine For Nurses/Technicians

Veterinary Nurses/Technicians – May 21-22, 2022

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

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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. We anticipate that most of the attendees will have taken one of the Institute behavioral medicine course before, so this course is intended to bridge the gap between theory and practice. 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.

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.
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Everyday 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 ensuring that veterinary nurses and technicians – whether they are new to behavioral medicine or have been working in behavior for years – 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.

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.
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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 behavioural 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 world-wide. Dr. Overall 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 world-wide, 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 neurobehavioural genetics of dogs, the development of normal and abnormal behaviours especially with respect to early experience, assessment of behaviour, with an emphasis on working dogs, truly humane routine behavioural 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. 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 (http://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, the Pet Professional Guild, and other international member organizations.
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