The summer of 2016 brought Dr. Pike and her family to the DC-Metro area when her active duty, Army-husband, Tom, was stationed here. For the first few months Dr. Pike helped cover Dr. Leslie Sinn’s cases while she was away studying to take her board exams. Once Dr. Sinn came back to her behavior practice, Dr. Pike was looking for a location near Clifton to rent some space. After approaching the owners of the Veterinary Referral Center, she was offered a position as an employee rather than a renter. With that, she brought on technician Jessey Scheip, and the two of them started building their practice together. In the beginning, they could only accommodate 3 cases per day, had limited ability for rechecks, and even less for training sessions.
As time went on, the demand for behavior services expanded and Dr. Pike realized they needed more people to meet it. Kayla was brought onto the team at the end of August 2017 as a behavior assistant. Over the next two years the behavior department slowly developed a company they could be proud of. With case load of well over 2,000 families, however, they were starting to outgrow VRC.
ABWC originally started as a company to teach puppy classes at Franklin Farm Animal Hospital in Herndon, but would now become the face of Dr. Pike’s new behavior practice. Over the summer of 2019, ABWC has brought on a second doctor and three new support staff members. In October 2019, we opened the doors to our very own facility. It boasts 7 consultation rooms and full training space. ABWC now has 3 doctors, 4 veterinary nurses, and 3 trainers among our Fairfax and Richmond locations.
With such a strong, educated, and compassionate team, we are able to support a full line of behavioral services: assessments, training, classes, workshops, and more. Our team has developed significantly in three short years and we look forward to see how much farther we can go.
Animals have emotions just like humans. Any system within the body can produce abnormal functions. With us, we might make rash decisions, develop road rage, have changes in our eating or sleeping habits, damage social relationships, and even have issues with addiction. Our pets' emotions may have these problems too. It's normal for all of us to get startled by something or vocalize if someone steps on your foot or even bark back in the middle of an argument. It's not normal for pets to hide under furniture or charge after any other animal they see or pick out all their feathers.
That's where we come in. We treat emotion disorders of companion animals. Any pet that can fit through our door (yes, even the occasional Pot-belly Pig) can be treated by our team. We focus on diagnosing and treating the underlying disorder, developing realistic management plan, implementing appropriate enrichment strategies, and teaching more appropriate responses to stressful events. Our goal is to make your pet feel better so they can make better decisions.
We cannot offer guarantees nor do we suggest we can "fix" everything. What we can do is provide perspective, improved quality of life for you and your pet, and the best, most qualified advice in the pet behavior and training realms.
Our Practice Values
Always striving to provide the best care for our patients and support for our clients using the most up to date techniques.
Never wavering enthusiasm about building strong relationships between pets and their people.
Use of compassion and understanding to develop trust with our clients so that we can help them through every step of the behavior wellness journey.
Bringing together different people with a variety of strengths but all moving in the same direction.
Providing refuge and comfort during times of emotional upheaval and challenging circumstances.
Pursuit of a resolution that is satisfactory to the family, safe for the community, and provides positive quality of life to the pet.
The ABWC is led by a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist and a team of highly trained and experienced professionals dedicated to using a holistic, science-based approach to preventing, modifying and resolving animal behavior problems, while building and restoring human-animal bonds.
To be recognized as the premier animal behavior experts on the East Coast by a wide range of animal care organizations, to include veterinary hospitals, rescue groups, shelters, and training facilities, as well as future behavior professionals and the public at large.