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NC State CVM Companion Animal Behavior Symposium

September 23, 2023

The NC State Behavioral Medicine Service invites veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other professionals to attend the 2023 Companion Animal Behavior Symposium.

This year’s symposium will feature lectures on a variety of topics including feline aggression, Pre Visit Pharmaceuticals, pain management, and canine owner directed aggression. There will also be humane, force free, positive reinforcement based trainers set up to speak to about services they offer. Owners are also welcome for our half day owner track where we will be discussing common issues of dogs and cats. The professional program is approved by AAVSB RACE for 7 hours of CE credit.


Registration for this event is FREE!

In person DVM program registration now includes an overflow room. This room will have the live content streamed and a moderator will be present to facilitate Q&A. Due to available classroom space seating is limited. Attendees registering for the overflow room will be directed to the room upon arrival. CE credit will still be conferred and lunch and networking are included.

Veterinarian Schedule

8:00 – 8:50 AMK9 Owner directed AggressionMaggie O’Brian
9:00 – 9:50 AMWeather the Storm: Insights into thunderstorm phobia in dogs’Kevin Pflaum, DVM
10:00 – 10:20 AMBreak
10:20 – 11:10 AMWhen Cat’s Bite: Managing Feline Aggression Toward PeopleEllen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB
11:10 AM – 12:10 PMCats Don’t Make it EasyMargaret E. Gruen
DVM, MVPH, PhD, DACVB, Fear Free Certified
12:10 – 1:15 PMLunch
1:20 – 2:10 PMPre-Visit PharmaceuticalsMichael Khan DVM
2:20 – 3:10 PMOverlap of Equine Pain and BehaviorSara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB
3:20 – 4:10 PMNaked and afraid: overview of Feather Destructive Behavior in pet birdsOlivia Petritz, DVM, DACZM

Owner Schedule

8:30 – 9:20 AMDog Ain’t misbehavingEllen M. Lindell, VMD, DACVB
9:20 – 10:10 AMThinking Inside the Box: Preventing and Managing Feline House soilingMargaret E. Gruen
DVM, MVPH, PhD, DACVB, Fear Free Certified
10:10 – 10:20Break
10:20 – 11:10 AMSetting your cat up for successMaggie O’Brian
11:10 – 12:00Is he really just “Getting Old”Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB