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 provide treatment for :
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 to wellness. We determine if the pet is physically healthy, has appropriate structure and benevolent leadership, adequate enrichment, and understands what is expected of them. Only then can we determine if there is an underlying behavioral disorder.
Our Practice Values:
Always striving to provide the best care for our patients and support for our clients.
Steadfast enthusiasm about building and maintaining strong relationships between people and their pets.
Acting with compassion and understanding to best guide our clients through every step of their behavior wellness journeys.
Collaborating with our team and network of trusted industry professionals to provide the best possible care and treatment for our patients and their families.
Providing refuge and comfort during times of emotional upheaval and challenging circumstances.
Pursuing resolutions satisfactory to the family, safe for the community, and humane for the pet.
Veterinary Behavior Assessments for New Patients
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 specialized care.
The initial assessment is one hour in length. The doctor will review your case, discuss the underlying motivations for the presenting behavior(s), provide a diagnosis, prognosis, and 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 further guide you down the path to behavior wellness.
(L) Meaghan Ropski, DVM, (R) Amy Pike, DVM, DACVB, IAABC-CABC
After Care & Follow Up for Returning Patients
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.
Discuss your concerns, identify causes, obtain a diagnosis, explore treatment options, and take that first step toward resolution.
Specially reserved spots for families that cannot wait 4-6 weeks for a regular appointment. Call to schedule.
Early stages of medication and management adjustment for your pet.
Initial Therapy Session
The full scope of treatment is discussed. If the pet is ready, we'll begin working on foundation skills.
Follow Up Therapy, Abbreviated
Focus on very specific skills and behaviors.
Follow Up Therapy, In Depth
Further develop skills and behaviors to use as part of rehabilitation.