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 : 

  • General anxiety

  • Fearfulness, hiding, and anti-social behavior

  • Aggression towards:

    • Strangers​

    • Family members

    • Children

    • Other dogs

    • Wildlife

    • Moving objects

  • Distress during veterinary procedures

  • Mouthing and nipping

  • High energy/difficulty relaxing

  • Destructive behaviors

  • Inappropriate urination and defecation

  • Self-mutilation, barbering

  • 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 behavioral wellness is meeting with one of our veterinarians. These doctors are specially trained in the treatment of emotional and behavioral 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.

Initial Behavior Assessment
1 hour
Discuss your concerns, identify causes, obtain a diagnosis, explore treatment options, and take that first step toward resolution.
Emergency Behavior Assessment
1 hour
Specially reserved spots for families that cannot wait 4-6 weeks for a regular appointment. Call to schedule.
Yearly Behavior Recheck
30 min
Yearly recheck and management with your pet's veterinarian.
Medication Management, Initial
30 min
Early stages of medication and management adjustment for your pet.
Medication Management, In Depth
30 min
Ongoing medication and management support for your pet.
Initial Behavior Therapy Session
1 hour
The full scope of treatment is discussed. If the pet is ready, we'll begin working on foundation skills.
Follow Up Behavior Therapy, In Depth
1 hour
Further develop skills and behaviors to use as part of rehabilitation.
Follow Up Behavior Therapy, Abbreviated
30 min
Focus on very specific skills and behaviors.
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