The Animal Behavior Clinic functions to help owners solve behavior problems of their animals and is one of only a few services in the world providing behavior consultations for large animals. Common equine problems include stud-like anxiety behavior in geldings and foal rejection in horses.
Behavior what to expect
Consultations last 2-3 hours and involve three steps: a history review and analysis of underlying causes; observation of animal-owner interactions, performance of relevant tasks, assessment of behavior problems; and the development of a behavioral modification plan. Following a behavioral consultation, the service provides both the client and the referring veterinarian with letters of recommendation reflecting the action plan.
The plan may include avoidance of triggers and recommended environmental changes, behavioral modification program based on learning theory, steps to build stronger animal-human bond, activities for mental and physical enrichment, and/or prescription medicines.
Behavior medical conditions
The clinic helps owners and veterinarians address a wide array of problems in large animals. Common problems seen include:
(Aggression towards other animals or the owner, Trailering problems, Farrier problems, etc.)
(Separation anxiety, Offspring rejection, etc.)
(Obsessive compulsive disorders such as Head shaking, Pacing, Cribbing, Weaving, etc.)