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Sunday, May 7 / 12-4:00P

Small Animal Behavior

by: Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC

In-Person Event


May 7


4 CE Credits

Sponsored by:

About the Event


Renton Technical College


Renton, WA


More Than Just a Naughty Cat: Understanding Feline Nuisance Behaviors
Normal cat behaviors aren’t always appreciated, they may be creating discord in your client’s homes, and they may even be risking the surrender or euthanasia of your patients. Knowing how to respond to client questions about everyday behavior patterns, efficiently (!), can mean the difference between frustration and enjoyment, and potentially between life and death.

Under the Hood: Medical Factors Influencing Canine Aggression Cases
This session will take a look at multiple scenarios in which medical factors had a significant impact on the behavior patterns of the dog. This session will also demonstrate how addressing those medical factors through veterinary collaboration affected the outcome of these specific cases and allowed for more successful implementation of behavior modification strategies.

Top Tips for Management of Stress-Associated Conditions in Cats
Once you’ve identified signs of stress in your feline patient, and your client is on board to implement a plan for reducing that stress, then what? This presentation will provide a comparative look at environmental modifications, pharmacological strategies, nutritional and supplement-based approaches, and behavior modification strategies.

Prescribing for Separation Anxiety: How Do You Decide?
This presentation will walk participants through the process of deciding whether medication use is appropriate for separation anxiety cases, and how to make educated decisions between options. In addition to use of single pharmaceuticals such as fluoxetine and alprazolam, other treatments such as nutritional therapy, supplement use, herbal therapies, and combination therapies will be discussed as time allows.

About the Speaker

Dr. Chris Pachel is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and is the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Pachel lectures extensively both domestically and internationally, teaches courses at multiple veterinary schools in the United States, and has authored numerous articles and book chapters for veterinarians and pet owners. He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for dvm360. He is also a Vice-president of Veterinary Behavior for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, as well as co-owner of Instinct Portland, which opened in the Fall of 2020.

Event Pricing








* Technicians can be added to a waitlist and will be contacted the week prior to the CE Event if spots are available to attend.

4 hours available. The WSVMA is an approved source of Continuing Education in the State of Washington.

Included in your registration are scientific proceedings, coffee breaks and parking. Registrations are taken on a first-come-first-served basis and space is limited.

Scientific proceedings prepared by speakers will be available at the registration desk on the day of the seminar.

Cancellations received by May 4 will have $10 deducted for processing fees. There will be no refunds for no-shows who have not notified the WSVMA after May 4.