September 9, 2019

It's been a long road getting this new company up and off the ground. We started as a company for us to simply have puppy classes through Franklin Farm Vet Clinic. Over the last 6+ months, our team has been transitioning from the Veterinary Referral Center to our own s...

June 3, 2019

Dr. Ropski traveled to Puerto Rico with other volunteers from the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Lucky Dog is a foster based rescue organization in the DC area that brings animals from Florence SC, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico for adoption.

During this yearly trip to the island...

April 16, 2019

We are incredibly excited to announce that the Behavior Division that you know and love is growing. When Dr. Pike first started at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in September 2016, we had fewer than 5 cases a week. Now, less than 3 years later, we'...

July 12, 2018

In the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, Arya Stark trains with the Braavosi master-sword fighter, Syrio Forel. He claims the only true God is Death.

There is only one thing you say to death:

“Not today.”

Unfortunately, for many of the families we help, sometimes today...

June 30, 2018

This weekend we're making the final adjustments to our puppy socialization class. There is so much for a young puppy to learn in such a short period of time. It would be so much easier if we could download all this information into the brains of new pet owners (Matrix...

June 13, 2018

I grew up watching Cesar Milan. I thought he was magical and could do all sorts of wonderful things with these vicious, evil dogs. At one point, I think Merial even had a contract with him to help market their flea/tick and heartworm prevention. There was a big poster...

June 8, 2018

Today we had a 10-something year old dog come in to see us for sudden increase in aggression. He'd had a tough time lately: just moved back to the states, crazy little boys running around, an anxious sister, and a patchy history. He has a lot of baggage and, considerin...

May 30, 2018

As many of you know by now, I come from a medical background. I entered the world of behavior as a licensed technician originally to help my patients tolerate medical procedures and handling. Cooperative veterinary care (CVC), is what they call it these days. One of th...

May 28, 2018

I don't know what it is about management, but everyone seems to hate doing it. No end of times I meet people who have this horrendous problem, want to jump through all these hoops to fix it, when it could just as easily be managed. 

As far as I see it, management comes...

May 13, 2018

When we first meet a new client, they tend to have several presenting complaints. Even if they only have one obvious concern, on closer look it tends to be several. It’s impossible to tackle everything at once. As we all know, changing behavior is about more than just...

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