Services for Veterinarians

Recommended resources for veterinarians and team members 

  • ​​Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat, 4th ed, 2023: Landsberg, Radosta, Ackerman
  • Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd ed, 2018:  Horwitz, Neilson 
  • Veterinary Psychopharmacology, 2nd ed, 2019: Crowell-Davis, Murray, Dantas 
  • Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, 2014: Shaw, Martin 
  • Cooperative Veterinary Care, 2018: Howell, Feyrecilde 
  • Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, 2015: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, 2020: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • ​Low Stress Handling, Restraint, and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats, 2009: Yin
  • ​Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians and Animal Scientists, 6th Ed, 2018: Houpt
  • ​​Behavior of Exotic Pets, 2013: Tynes

Case consultations

  • ​Need to speak with Dr. Seibert about a case?
  • Avoid 'phone tag' and schedule time to chat​ 
  • Call our office at your scheduled time: 678-878-4410



Position Statements: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

The Veterinarian’s Responsibility When Referring Behavior Problems to Non-Veterinarians

It is vitally important that veterinarians be knowledgeable about the qualifications and behavior modifications methodologies used by non-veterinarians to whom they refer clients. Non-veterinarians often play an integral role in the animal health care team. However, if outdated and inhumane methods are used by such individuals, they can cause irreversible harm to the patient and result in client injury. In some circumstances, relegating patient care to a non-veterinarian does not meet the accepted standard of care and can constitute a violation of a state’s veterinary practice act.

Humane, Effective and Evidence-Based Training

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) advocates for teaching animals through the reinforcement of desired behaviors and the removal of reinforcement for undesired behaviors. The ACVB also encourages modification of the environment, and, if needed, the use of psychoactive medication and other products to create a learning environment where training methods based on respect of the animal’s welfare can be most effective.

The ACVB stands against training methods that cause short or long-lasting pain, discomfort, or fear. Aversive training methods can be dangerous to people as well as animals and pose a threat to animal welfare by inhibiting learning, increasing behaviors related to fear and distress, and causing direct injury.

Standard of Care in Behavior Medicine

As with all other aspects of veterinary medicine, veterinarians need to stay up to date with current behavioral diagnoses and treatment protocols because the medical and behavioral health and welfare of the animal are intimately intertwined.

Veterinary Behavior Consultants     

Dr. Lynne Seibert BS, DVM, MS, PHD, DACVB

Behavior case referral

  • Submit referral form online 
  • Please instruct your clients to visit our website and schedule all appointments online
  • Due to high call volumes, there may be significant delays in returning telephone and email inquiries
  • Our appointments book 8-12 weeks in advance; please contact us to discuss urgent cases