Welcome to Our Practice!
We are a behavior specialty practice located in Virginia. Similar to psychiatry and behavioral therapy in humans, our practice focuses on the mental and emotional well-being of our patients. Our purpose is to screen companion animals for significant behavioral disorders, diagnose them, and develop treatment plans to assist in their rehabilitation.
We can treat:
Fearfulness, hiding, and anti-social behavior
Distress during veterinary procedures
Mouthing and nipping
High energy/difficulty relaxing
Inappropriate urination and defecation
Obsessive behaviors like chasing lights
As a team of veterinary behavior professionals, we take a truly holistic approach. We determine if the pet is physically healthy, has appropriate structure and benevolent leadership, adequate enrichment, and truly understands what is expect of them. Only then do we determine if there is an underlying behavior disorder.
Our Practice Values:
Always striving to provide the best care for our patients and support for our clients.
Never wavering enthusiasm about building strong relationships between people and their pets.
Use of compassion and understanding to develop trust with our clients in order to help them through every step of their behavior wellness journey.
Bringing together different people with a variety of strengths but all moving in the same direction.
Providing refuge and comfort during times of emotional upheaval and challenging circumstances.
Pursuit of a resolution that is satisfactory to the family, safe for the community, and provides positive quality of life to the pet.
Initial Behavior Assessment
The first step on the road to behavior wellness is meeting with one of our veterinarians. These doctors are specially trained in the treatment of emotional and behavior disorders of a variety of species. While most of our patients are dogs and cats, we are also qualified to treat birds, rodents, rabbits, goats, and pigs. Any animal that can walk or be carried into our practice can benefit from our care.
The initial assessment is one hour in length. The doctor will review your case, discuss the underlying motivations, provide a diagnosis, prognosis, and review treatment options. As the treatment of behavior issues is a long-term process, our team avoids providing an excess of information after this first meeting. Our hope is for the family to walk out with an immediate intervention plan and a variety of educational material. Each sequential visit will provide more details and an immediate action plan to continue us down the path to behavior wellness.
After Care & Follow Up
In order to be successful, frequent follow up is needed. In most cases, we will be meeting with our families at least once per month for the first 6 months. After each session, families are provided with written discussion summaries that include the outline of the appointment, next steps, and any additional education or resources needed. Follow up can be completed in person, via video conferencing, or over the telephone.