behavior for veterinarians: what does the dog say?

Join Us for this Virtual Event Wednesday, October 28, 2020*

Space is Limited - Register Now!

Join us for 6 hours of CE to discover how insight into animal behavior can strengthen the human animal bond and enhance the welfare of your patients on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. LVTs are welcome and encouraged to attend!

*Prior registrants of the in-person event that was scheduled for April, 15, 2020 are automatically enrolled in this CE session. Information pertaining to accessing this event will be emailed to you. Please contact the MVMA at if you have any questions.

Meet the Speakers

8:50 am Greetings/Intro with John Tramontana, CAE, MVMA CEO
9:00 am

Helping Clients with their New COVID Puppies
Jill Sackman DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVB
Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan

    10:00 am

    Behavior Assessment for Shelter Dogs
    Sara Bennett DVM, MS, DACVB
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Behavior Medicine, NC State University, CVM

    11:00 am

    Separation Anxiety: Diagnosis and Management
    Jill Sackman DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVB
    Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan

    Noon Lunch

    1:00 pm

    Evolution of Dog Training: How to Help Your Client Pick a Trainer
    Elizabeth Drennan LVT, KPA CPT
    Basic Clicker Training Classes, Kibby Park Animal Hospital

    2:00 pm

    Tails from the Trenches: Behavioral Effects of Adverse Training on Dogs
    Lynne M. Siebert, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVB
    Veterinary Behavior Consultants, Lawrenceville, GA

    3:00 pm

    Behavioral Impact of Puppy Mills and Hoarding Environments
    Sara Bennett DVM, MS, DACVB
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Behavior Medicine, NC State University, CVM

    Meet the Speakers

    Liz Drennan LVT, KPA CPT

    Liz graduated from the Michigan State University Veterinary Technology Program in 1993 and has been working as a licensed veterinary technician in small animal practice. She has been training dogs for 26 years and is a 2009 graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy. She is i a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She currently teaches group dog training classes at Kibby Park Animal Hospital. She trains and has titled her Siberian Huskies in Obedience, Rally and Agility and has clicker trained dogs, cats, and chickens. She is a triathlete who enjoys walking her four dogs and running with her Husky Seager.

    Sarah Bennett DVM, MS, DACVB

    Sara received her DVM degree in 2006 from Purdue University. She spent 3 years in general practice in Southwest Indiana before returning to Purdue to complete a residency in Animal Behavior with a Shelter Medicine focus and Master of Science. She obtained certification as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012. After board-certification, she spent several years in private practice in Chicago and the Midwest seeing privately owned patients and consulting with a variety of sheltering organizations. She is also a co-instructor for University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine online learning course, Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare, which is part of the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in sheltered and rescue animals, helping to protect animal welfare, making these pets more adoptable, working to strengthen the budding human-animal bond, and to help keep these animals in their new homes.

    Jill E. Sackman, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVB, KPA-CTP

    Jill is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship at the University of Pennsylvania, her surgery residency at the University of Tennessee, and her behavior residency at Blue Pearl in Michigan. She is the owner and founding veterinarian of Animal Behavior Consultants of Michigan, a referral veterinary behavior practice with offices in metro-Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Grayling Michigan. She is Fear Free certified and sees pets with behavior disorders that range from mild fears to extreme aggression, compulsive disorders and panic disorders. She is also a certified professional trainer through the Karen Pryor Academy, earning her KPA-CTP with her French Bulldog, Rose.

    Lynne M. Siebert, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVB

    Dr. Seibert received her BS in biochemistry from Indiana University, and her DVM from the University of Tennessee. She practiced general medicine and surgery and emergency medicine before Completing a MS and Doctoral PhD degrees in psychology, with a focus on neuroscience and animal behavior, at the University of Georgia. She completed a 3-year clinical residency in behavior medicine at the University of Georgia, leading to board-certification with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2001. She has taught veterinary behavior courses at 6 veterinary colleges and provided over 2,000 hours of behavior education in 40 states and 4 countries. She is a past-president of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and served two terms as secretary-treasurer on the ACVB Board of Regents.

    Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

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    Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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