The Colorado State University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (SCAVSAB) is hosting “Happy Pets, Happy Vets,” a two-part seminar that will help pet owners and veterinary staffs address animal behavior problems and take the stress out of visits to the veterinarian and other animal professionals. The seminar will be held Saturday, February 21, at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 300 W. Drake Road, in Fort Collins.
From 9 a.m. to noon, Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, a California veterinarian who specializes in animal behavior, will discuss topics such as “How to Recognize Brewing Behavior Problems” and “Preventing and Reversing Behavior Problems.” This part of the seminar is open to the general public and will help pet owners who need to take their pets to the veterinarian or groomer, or who might need to medicate or otherwise treat their pets at home.
At 1 p.m., Dr. Yin will present a hands-on lab for CSU veterinary students, staff, and other local animal professionals. During the lab, participants will learn and practice low-stress animal handling and restraint techniques on stuffed animals as well as live dogs and cats.
Dr. Yin works at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in addition to offering house calls for pet behavior problems. She also writes for several veterinary and popular magazines, lectures internationally on animal behavior, and has consulted for the Santa Barbara Zoo. Dr. Yin is the author of three books, including Low-Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats, and serves on the executive board of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Learn more about Dr. Yin and animal behavior at her Web site, www.askdryin.com.
Registration deadline is Feb. 19, and a small fee will be charged (SCAVSAB members can participate for free). Details on costs and the registration procedure will be available soon at the SCAVSAB Web site at www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/vetbehaviorclub. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The Student Chapter of AVSAB is a veterinary student-run organization at Colorado State University. The club’s mission is to provide veterinary students with educational opportunities in animal behavior through lectures and hands-on experiences. The club also offers the local community opportunities to learn about pet behavior through speaking engagements and information on the club Web site, and through the sale of training supplies and books.