Dog Behaviour & Pharmacology - Which drugs to reach for, when and why?

Thu, 30 May, 2024 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm (Your Local Time Zone)


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Christine Calder   DVM, DACVB - Calder Veterinary Behavior Services, USA
Sagi Denenberg   DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM, MACVSc (Behaviour), MRCVS - Langford Vets / University Of Bristol, UK; North Toronto Veterinary Behaviour Specialty Clinic, Canada
Colleen Wilson   BSc., DVM, DACVB - Specialist in Animal Behaviour, Canada


Terry Curtis   DVM, MS, DACVB - University of Florida, USA



This panel discussion promises to be exciting and informative as our world-leading specialists come together to share their knowledge and experience as they debate the therapies and tools available to address behavioural concerns in dogs. Medication can be a very helpful tool when addressing various behavioural issues. Most of the medications used by veterinarians to help modify behaviour target anxiety and reactivity. The more common medication classes include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs], tri-cyclic antidepressants [TCAs], benzodiazepines, and azapirones.  But there are other less common medications and supplements at our disposal as well. Knowing what “tools” are available, how to use them correctly and which of them to use when will be the focus of this inspiring interactive panel discussion. Questions and comments will be welcomed.

Dr. Calder earned her DVM from the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has lived and practiced veterinary medicine in both her home state of New Jersey and Maine for many years. In addition to general practice, Dr. Calder has worked at the San Francisco SPCA, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, she was an Assistant Clinical Professor in Community Veterinary Services and Veterinary Behavior at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Center and is now the Director of Behavior Services at Midcoast Humane in Brunswick, Maine. As a general practitioner, she has always had an interest in animal behavior especially clinical veterinary behavior. She also successfully completed a residency with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and went on to become a Diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB). Dr. Calder’s special interest is in shelter behavior, feline behavior, and shy/fearful dogs.

Dr. Wilson received her Bachelor of Science at the University of New Brunswick with a double major in Biology and Psychology, her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College and completed her residency with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists after working in general practice for 15 years. Together with her husband, Dr. Denis Philibert, Dr. Wilson has two cats, two dogs, one horse and two children. Dr. Wilson’s oldest son Zachary is a pilot, and her youngest son Matthew studies Robotics Engineering at Ontario Tech University. Dr. Colleen Wilson is the only Specialist in Animal Behaviour in Eastern Ontario and one of only 10 Animal Behaviour Specialists in Canada. Her passion is communicating and clarifying the most current science about Animal Behaviour to Veterinary Professionals. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour, an official member of the Fear Free Speakers Bureau, and Elite Fear Free certified. Dr. Wilson’s published research in peer review journals includes “Owner Observations regarding cat scratching behaviour, an internet based survey.” It is a contributing author to the more recent study in 2020 on “Pain and Problem Behavior in Cats and Dogs.”

Dr. Denenberg graduated with Excellence in Academic Achievement from the Kosice Veterinary College in Slovakia. He relocated from Israel to Canada in 2003 and passed the North American veterinary licensing examination.

Dr. Denenberg has done a number of behavioural studies including the effects of pheromones on learning and socialisation in puppies and a study of play toy preference in cats for which he was awarded the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Excellence in Research Award. He also authored articles and book chapters. Dr. Denenbergis a consultant on the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) providing other veterinarians with advice. In addition to clinical duties, Dr. Denenberg teaches students and is a frequent speaker in veterinary conferences in Europe and North America.

Dr. Curtis grew up in Niagara Falls, New York and attended Keuka College in the heart of the Finger Lakes. After graduating with a Biology degree in 1980, she worked in a number of jobs before starting veterinary school in 1993: a lab technologist for Exxon Chemical Company in Houston, retail in a wine & cheese shop, and an environmental consultant for the state of Florida and a private company. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. 

Dr. Curtis worked as a feline-only practitioner in Florida until the summer of 2000 when she began her residency in Veterinary Behavior at the University of Georgia in Athens. Concurrently, she received a Master of Science in Psychology investigating grooming behavior in the domestic cat. After completing her residency and graduate school in June 2003, she joined the team at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine – where she taught behavior to the freshman and junior veterinary students for 17 years.

Dr. Curtis is one of approximately 100 practicing Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and does house calls in northeast Florida. She has been a regular contributor to the annual NAVC-VMX conference in Orlando, both as a speaker as well as the coordinator of a day-long Behavior Symposium there. She has authored a number of articles, including book chapters in Veterinary Clinics of North America, the 7th Edition of Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult, and Decoding Your Cat. Dr. Curtis is a former editorial member of the Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery, and currently serves on the Advisory Boards for BluCare and Vet Candy. She was also a panel contributor to the 2014 AAFP & ISFM Guidelines for Diagnosing and Solving House Soiling Behavior in Cats. She has lectured to veterinarians and veterinary students worldwide – the first veterinarian to lecture about behavioral medicine in India.  Currently, Dr. Curtis is working on authoring a practical behavioral textbook: Principles of Canine and Feline Behavioral Medicine (Wiley Publishing) 

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