Nacho & Dinger
Boarded Veterinary Behaviorist
Dr. Pike has been caring for patients for well over 20 years. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2003, she was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army. There, she was the head veterinarian for her base’s small veterinary clinic, and cared for the 200 Customs and Border Protection horses, and the 15 Military Working dogs. Working with Military Working Dogs originally piqued her interest veterinary behavior. After leaving active duty, Dr. Pike was able to further her love for behavior. As a civilian, she continued her work with some of these dogs at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
As her love for behavior blossomed, she began her residency program. Under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Horwitz, Dr. Pike spent 3 years seeing behavior cases, taking additional college courses in psychology and advanced animal sciences, completing her research on thunderstorm phobias and studying for the grueling two day board examination. In October 2015, she became one of fewer than 70 Boarded Veterinary Behaviorists in all of North America.
As a Veterinary Behaviorist, she has dedicated much of her time to improving education in the field. She has written various articles for professional veterinary journals such as Clinician's Brief, Pet Quarterly, and The Team. She has been interviewed for other articles in both periodical magazines, online forums and newspapers. She is Fear Free Certified and serves as a member of the Fear Free Advisory Committee. Dr. Pike acts as an instructor for E-Training for Dogs, an online education program, is mentor for her own resident, Amy Learn, VMD, is an editorial advisory member for the American Veterinarian publication, and continues to present at National Veterinary Conferences across the country multiple times per year.
Since moving to Northern Virginia in the summer of 2016, she has dedicated her work towards building a network of behavior resources. She is currently the Chief of Behavior Medicine at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia. Here, she sees pets with behavior disorders that range from mild fears to extreme aggression, compulsive disorders and panic disorders. With her extensive knowledge, caring nature, and masterful management abilities, she has gathered a team of behavior professionals that are able to tackle any behavior problem. As her influence in the region grows, she is working to expand prevention services with her support staff by providing socialization classes and patient handling workshops for other veterinary professionals.
Her Special Interests:
Preserving the Human-Animal Bond
Treating medical causes of behavior problems
Helping families fully appreciate the pet that they have
Ike – Giant Schnauzer
Scott Lynn – Scottish Terrier
Scooby – Miniature Schnauzer
Dobby – Devon Rex