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University of California School of Veterinary Medicine

Description

Learning Outcome: To understand the importance of behavior in companion animal practice, primarily that of dogs and cats, and apply the knowledge learned during this rotation, as well as other sources during veterinary school, to prevent and treat problematic behaviors in companion animals.

The student will be expected to participate in appointments with clients, sharing duties with other students if present. Student will be expected to field questions from pet owners, write up case summaries, and give a 15 minute presentation on topic of interest related to behavior. The student may also be expected to make shelter visits for behavioral evaluations as appropriate. The student can expect to be directly responsible for up to 10 cases per week.

Details

Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Service chief: Dr. Melissa Bain, DACVB
  • Two residents: both have attended multiple lectures and continuing education, and give multiple lectures for continuing education and for didactic classes, as well as having clinical experience.
  • One technician

    Educational Resources

    • Carlson Library: medical and veterinary library
    • Campus libraries
    • In-clinic library: books that students and clinicians use
    • Full Internet access and access to library resources on computers in service
    • One of the few veterinary schools that has a veterinary behavior program, which is the largest in the country
    • Opportunity to sit-in during required and elective classes
    • Opportunity to attend other on-campus seminars and lectures as time permits

    Responsibilities

    • The student will be expected to participate in appointments with clients, sharing duties with other students if present.
    • Student will be expected to field questions from pet owners, write up case summaries, and give a 15 minute presentation on topic of interest related to behavior.
    • The student may also be expected to make shelter visits for behavioral evaluations as appropriate.
    • The student can expect to be directly responsible for up to 10 cases per week.

    Student Supervision

    The student will spend an average of at least one hour per day directly with the faculty veterinarian, and will also directly interact with the veterinary behavior residents.

    Housing

    Some housing available through private rentals. Contact Judy Wall for this information. Also hotels and motels available.

    Practice Information

    University of California School of Veterinary Medicine
    Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital
    One Shields Avenue
    Davis, CA 95616

    Ph: 530-752-1393
    Fax: 530-792-8165

    Email:

    Melissa Bain: vetbehavior@ucdavis.edu
    Behavior Service: vetbehavior@ucdavis.edu
    Judy Wall (student rotation coordinator): jawall@ucdavis.edu

    Web: www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/small_animal/behavior/default.cfm

    Updated: 8/10/09
    Signature on file: Dr. Melissa Bain

    Location: 
    Davis CA
    Elective categories: