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 [at] ucdavis [dot] edu
Behavior Service: vetbehavior [at] ucdavis [dot] edu
Judy Wall (student rotation coordinator): jawall [at] ucdavis [dot] edu

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

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