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.

 

Animal Behavior Wellness Center's purpose is to screen companion animals for significant behavioral disorders, diagnose them, and develop treatment plans to assist in their rehabilitation.

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, benevolent leadership and adequate enrichment, and understands what is expected of them. Only then can we determine if

there is an underlying behavioral disorder.

We Provide Treatmenfor :

  • General anxiety

  • Separation anxiety

  • Aggression toward:

    • Strangers

    • Family members

    • Children

    • Other dogs

    • Wildlife

    • Moving objects

  • Destructive behaviors

  • Mouthing and nipping

  • Self-mutilation, barbering

  • High energy/difficulty relaxing

  • Distress during veterinary procedures

  • Inappropriate urination and defecation

  • Obsessive behaviors like chasing lights

  • Fearfulness, hiding, and anti-social behavior 

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 various 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. The treatment of behavior
issues is a long-term process, however, our hope is for every family to emerge from their initial assessment with an immediate intervention plan and a variety of educational materials. Each sequential visit will provide more details and an immediate action plan to further guide you down the path to behavioral wellness.

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Our Practice Values

Excellence

Always striving to provide the best care for our patients and support for our clients. 

Passion

Steadfast enthusiasm about building and maintaining strong relationships between people and their pets. 

Empathy

Acting with compassion and understanding to best guide our clients through every step of their behavior wellness journeys.

Teamwork

Collaborating within our team and network of trusted industry professionals to provide the most comprehensive intervention for our patients and their families. 

Solacement

Providing refuge and comfort during times of emotional upheaval and challenging circumstances. 

Perseverance 

Pursuing resolutions satisfactory to the family, safe for the community, and humane for the pet. 

After Care & Follow Up for Returning Patients

In order to be successful, frequent follow up is needed. In most cases, we meet with our families at least once per month for the first 6 months. After each appointment, our families are provided with a written report containing a discussion summary, an outline of next steps, and access to case-specific educational materials and other resources. Follow up can be completed in person, via video conferencing, or over the phone.

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