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.
We welcome the opportunity to meet you and your pet, and to help you understand their behavior and improve your life together! Please email the Behavioral Medicine Clinic OSUVET.BehaviorMedicine@osu.edu if you have questions about the clinic or your upcoming appointment.
Please note that behavioral advice cannot be given before your appointment; a doctor-patient relationship must be established first.
The behavioral medicine clinic is headed by Dr. M. Leanne Lilly, a veterinarian who has completed a residency program in veterinary behavioral medicine. Dr. Lilly earned her veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed a behavior specialty internship with the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her residency here at the Ohio State University. Dr. Lilly also has extensive experience working with shelter and rescue animals in the Philadelphia area, and managing the complex intersection between medical concerns, particularly pain and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and behavior here at the veterinary medical center. Dr. Lilly will work directly with you and your pet on training and management at your appointment and continue to guide you through follow up period. (Training appointments are separate from a standard consultation.)
Kyle Bohland, DVM, MS
Dr. Kyle Bohland is originally from Fremont, Ohio and did his undergraduate work at The University of Akron in economics. After graduation, he worked full time and obtained a Master of Science degree in agricultural, environmental, and development economics from The Ohio State University. While working towards this degree, Dr. Bohland realized he wanted to pursue veterinary medicine which was his dream career since childhood. He graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Following graduation, he worked in a busy general practice in central Ohio doing preventative medicine, general medicine, urgent care, surgery, and dentistry. Dr. Bohland lives in Columbus with his wife, child, and six animals (some with multiple behavior problems).
Welcome 2022 - 2025 Behavioral Medicine Residents
Kristina Baucom, DVM
Dr. Kristina Baucom completed her undergraduate degree at Cal Poly State University in Medical and Public Health Microbiology. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has worked in general practice and shelter settings since graduation and in 2016 began working as a forensic veterinarian for the ASPCA in Florida. In this role, she taught Veterinary Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida, published a paper and case series, and assisted in small- and large-scale criminal animal cruelty casework across the country. This work helped her fully realize the importance behavioral medicine plays in the welfare and quality of life for all animals, not just cruelty cases. Dr. Baucom lives in Columbus, Ohio with three behavior special needs dogs adopted from animal cruelty cases and her two cats.
Jordan Gibson, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Jordan Gibson hails from the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area, but is no stranger to Ohio. He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University, where he worked with local shelter dogs, solidifying his love of veterinary medicine. He completed his veterinary degree at The Ohio State University in the class of 2021. Following graduation, he returned to St. Louis to work as an emergency veterinarian at an ER and specialty clinic. He also attained canine rehabilitation certification. Dr. Gibson is thrilled to be back in Columbus as a part of the behavioral medicine team, and has a special interest in the behavioral needs of sporting and working dogs in addition to medical influences on behavioral pathologies.
Laura H. Donaldson, BS, RVT, KPA-CTP, Supervisor
Rebecca Estel King, CDBC, Behavior Modification Consultant and Specialist
Honoring the Bond Program
If you are faced with making difficult decisions regarding your animal with behavior issues our Honoring the Bond Program and our Veterinary Social Worker can offer support in addition to the following handouts.
- Caring for and Making Choices about Animals with Behavioral Issues
- Euthanasia for behavioral issues: A complicated and difficult decision
Articles of Interest
- What is a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist?
- Choosing Behavior Professionals for Your Pet
- My Dog Bit Someone! What Do I Do? (by the ACVB)
- How to Interact with a Fearful Dog (by the ACVB)
- Factors the Impact a Dog's Response to Behavioral Therapy
- Your Pet's Prescriptions
- Giving Medications at Home
- Separation Anxiety and COVID-19 Quarantine
- Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats
- Advances in Understanding and Treatment of Feline Inappropriate Elimination
- Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors
- JAVMA article on the affect of Effects of trazodone on stress
- Behavior Guide for Your New Puppy
- Recommended reading and additional resources
Required pre-appointment paperwork and information
- Client Information and Prices
- Registration and Consent Form - PDF version
- Directions, Parking and Arrival Instructions
- Cat Questionnaire - PDF version
- Cat Questionnaire - Word version
- Dog Questionnaire - PDF version
- Dog Questionnaire - Word version
- Dog Recheck Questionnaire - PDF version
- Dog Recheck Questionnaire - Word version
- Cat Recheck Questionnaire - PDF version
- Cat Recheck Questionnaire - Word version