Veterinary behaviorists are veterinarians with a special interest in animal behavior. Animal behavior is the scientific study of everything animals do. Veterinary behaviorists understand the causes, functions, development, and evolution of animal behavior.
There are four Veterinary Behaviorist fields: ethology, comparative psychology, behavioral ecology, or anthropology. Veterinary Behaviorist deal with all types of problems such as phobias, aggression and fearfulness.
Veterinary Behaviorist Duties:
-perform a physical examination
-evaluate a pet’s behavior problem
-determine why it is behaving inappropriately
-order relevant laboratory tests to help determine the true diagnosis
-provide viable treatment options (a veterinary behaviorist is licensed to prescribe drugs)
-counsel on psychological problems and suggest solutions.
Veterinary Behaviorist Career Opportunities:
They work with individual pet owners, other animal professionals, and facilities that care for animals.
-college teaching and research
-private research institutions
-zoos and aquariums
Veterinary Behaviorist Education:
Most careers in animal behavior require advanced degrees, such as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After vet school graduation, a year of internship is necessary before entering a behavioral residency training program. A veterinary behavior specialist, or “diplomate” of ACVB, is a veterinarian that has been certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB).
How much does a veterinary behaviorist earn?
Median income: $66,000
The highest 10 percent earning more than $90,000.