Behavioral Medicine


Beginning Monday, February 29, 2016, all behavior appointments will be seen at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center(VMC)-Dublin location at 5020 Bradenton Avenue, Dublin, OH 43017.  For map and directions, click here.

This temporary location has plenty of parking and a separate entrance for your pets. To schedule an appointment, please continue to call our main line, Monday through Friday, at 614-292-3551.

Important information:

  • Upon arrival at the Dublin facility, please call the VMC-Dublin at (614) 889-8070 to alert the front desk of your arrival. A behavior service team member will greet you and bring you and your pet through the private entrance.

  • All behavior services will need to be paid by check or credit card. NO CASH transactions will be accepted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have questions, please email the behavior service at

Services at the VMC-Dublin location will continue until early 2017, to allow for construction of our new space in the campus VMC location. This construction is part of the overall VMC Enhancement & Expansion project.

Our Services

Problem Behavior Consultations

Are you experiencing a behavior problem with your pet? The Behavioral Medicine Clinic offers services to owners of companion animals with behavioral issues, including, but not limited to, human-directed aggression, inter-pet aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate elimination, fears, phobias, compulsive behaviors, and cognitive dysfunction. We are experienced in addressing the behavior problems of dogs and cats and the concerns of their families.  The goal of a behavior appointment is to help you understand your pet’s behavior and to help you and your pet live together more comfortably and safely.


Meghan E. Herron, DVM,DACVB, Associate Professor

    The behavioral medicine clinic is headed by Dr. Meghan E. Herron, a veterinarian who has completed a residency program in veterinary behavioral medicine. Dr. Herron earned her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Herron also has extensive experience working with shelter and rescue animals in both the Columbus and Philadelphia areas. Dr. Herron will work directly with you and your pet on training and management at your appointment and continue to guide you through close follow up beyond your appointment.

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    Dr. M.Leanne Lilly, DVM

    Dr. Lilly is a native of Colorado though  she received her DVM from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She returned to Colorado where she practiced preventive and urgent care for four years. Joins the Ohio State University as a Resident in Behavioral Medicine, following an internship with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. There she split her time between hospital cases and a partnership with Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals. Her background in preventive care service has driven an interest in preventive behavior learning, as well as student, client, shelter, volunteer and public education. She will work directly with you and your pet on training and management at your appointment and continue to guide you through close follow up beyond your appointment.


      What to Expect

      Before your appointment, your clinician will review the behavior history form completed by you, and your pet’s medical record, which we request from your regular veterinarian. You can download the Cat and Dog Questionnaires.

      • At your appointment, your clinician will spend time with you and your family, getting further information to help refine the treatment plan and tailor it to your family and your pet.  During this time, she will also observe your pet to gain a more accurate impression of his behavior problem. Once she has a clear picture of the problem, she will discuss diagnosis and prognosis, as well as safety, management, and behavior modification. In some cases your clinician may recommend medication to augment your pet’s training regimen.
      • A physical exam will be done on your pet whenever possible, and any medical problems that may be contributing to his/her behavior problem will be discussed with you.
      • You will be provided with a detailed written summary of the diagnosis, behavior modification, training, and management plan of your pet’s behavior problem. A copy of the summary will be faxed to your primary care veterinarian.
      • Three months of unlimited email access to your clinician are provided. For clients who prefer telephone communication, phone calls can also be arranged as part of your behavior appointment package. These can be scheduled during the week as time allows.
      • After your appointment we encourage you to call or email if you have any questions or concerns regarding your pets’ treatment plan. If your clinician determines a more extensive discussion is needed, an in-person recheck appointment may be recommended either during or near the end of your follow-up period.
      • If medication is prescribed at your pet’s appointment, your clinician will continue to prescribe refills for up to 6 months after your appointment, depending on your pet’s needs. After that time period a recheck appointment is necessary for prescription renewal. This policy assures that your pet will be given the best care possible. You also have the option of having your primary care veterinarian take over prescription responsibilities.
      • For fees and additional information Download the New Client Information

      An initial appointment for a dog usually lasts 2 to 3 hours, for a cat, 1 to 2 hours. If two or more pets are involved, or if the behavior problem is complicated, it is likely to last longer. 

       "Head Start" - Problem Prevention Consultations 

      Decades of research has shown that the early months of an animal’s life are the most critical as far as shaping desirable adult behavior.  In order to blossom into the loving and secure pet that you desire, puppies and kittens need to be exposed to people, animals, environments, and training in an appropriate fashion before they are 4 months of age.  Head Start appointments provide information and basic training recommendations for puppy and kitten owners.  For fees and additional information: download Head Start information

      Who qualifies for a "Head Start" consultation?

      • Puppies under 16 weeks of age
      • Kittens under 16 weeks of age
      • Newly-adopted shelter dogs and cats of any age if appointment is scheduled within one week of adoption-- adoption certificate required for verification.

      Scheduling an Appointment

      You can schedule an appointment by calling the client line Monday through Friday at 614-292-3551. Afternoon, evening, and Saturday appointment hours are available to accommodate most schedules.

      Questions about the Behavioral Medicine Clinic? Email

      Honoring the Bond Program

      If you are faced with making difficult decisions regarding your animal with behavior issues, please click here for additional support. You may also receive emotional support from our Veterinary Social Worker with the Honoring the Bond program.

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