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MVMA Fall Staff Seminar on Behavior

From spinning dogs to fighting cats:
Behavioral medicine for the general practitioner


with Chris Pachel, DVM, DACVB

Linda Barton

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Seminar Day
8:00 - 9:00 - Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 10:30 - Seminar
10:30 - 10:45 - Break
10:45 - 12:15 - Seminar
12:15 - 1:15 - Lunch
1:15 - 2:45 - Seminar
2:45 - 3:00 - Break
3:00 - 4:30 - Seminar

Seminar Location

Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
Room 135AC
St. Paul, MN 55108

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Seminar Costs

Pre-registration fees
(before November 8, 2013)
On-Site Registration fees
(after November 8, 2013)
MVMA Member/Out of State Veterinarian $175 MVMA Member/Out of State Veterinarian $200
MVMA Life/Inactive Member $110 MVMA Life/Inactive Member $135
Technician/Staff/Other $105 Technician/Staff/Other $120
Student $70 Student $85
MN Non-Member Veterinarians Add $50

Coffee breaks are scheduled midmorning and midafternoon--breaks, proceedings and lunch are included in the price of registration.

7 CE credits are given for this seminar

Cancellation must be done 48 hours prior to the seminar for a refund - a fee of 10% is nonrefundable

Veterinary students will be given the opportunity to register for a $20 fee, if space is available, one week prior to the seminar. This registration option is only for students, if space is available and does not include lunch. Students will be informed by broadcast e-mail.

Webinar registration option: Has been cancelled for the Fall Staff Seminar. Sorry for the inconvenience. Dr. Pachel uses video in his presentation and this would not create a good experience for the webinar participant.

The MVMA Fall Staff Seminar

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Titles, Abstracts and Schedule of Day

8:00 am - 9:00 am - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Desensitization and counterconditioning: The details make all the difference!
The process of desensitization and counterconditioning is used to address many different types of behavior problems. This presentation will cover the "nuts and bolts" of this fundamental technique in ways that will help you to explain this training tool to your clients. Several specific approaches to counterconditioning will also be covered along with "tricks of the trade" to make these techniques even more effective.

10:30 am - 10:45 am - Break

10:45 - 12:15 pm

Diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline compulsive disorders
Pets may present to you with behavior patterns such as licking, spinning or ball chasing that appear repetitive, obsessive, or perhaps even compulsive. This presentation will help you to differentiate these pathological patterns from attention seeking or accidentally rewarded behaviors, to make an accurate diagnosis of compulsive disorder when appropriate, and to implement treatment recommendations to reduce or eliminate these issues for your patients.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Beyond the basics of canine separation anxiety diagnosis and treatment
Many dogs with separation respond well to standardized treatment plans. However, what do you do when the diagnosis isn't straightforward, the patient doesn't respond as anticipated, or when there are obstacles to successful implementation of treatment? This presentation will address these concerns as well as present additional medication options and explore ways to utilize technology to enhance your treatment plans.

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm - Break

3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Intercat aggression and social behavior of domestic cats
Feline social behavior has a dramatic impact on the ability of domestic cats to live together, to accept new members into their household, and to resolve conflicts when they occur. This presentation will use video examples to highlight normal social behavior and to help you identify early warning signs before they develop into major problems. Interventional strategies for dealing with intercat aggression will also be covered.

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Behavior case triage: where do you start?
We've all experienced the "oh, by the way..." behavior question at the end of an appointment. In addition, many veterinarians avoid asking behavior questions about their patients because they aren't sure how to get to the bottom of the problem or what solutions to recommend. This presentation will focus on techniques for triaging those questions and breaking down recommendations into practical solutions for clients.

About the Speaker

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Pachel received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and practiced general medicine for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He started behavioral residency training in 2004 and had the unique opportunity to experience both the benefits of a conforming program at the University of MN, and then a non-conforming program under the supervision of Dr. Jacqui Neilson in Portland, OR. He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area from 2005 until 2010. He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010 and has since become the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic, a behavior exclusive practice in Portland, OR. He has lectured in the US and Canada and has taught courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Please call the MVMA (651) 645-7533 to register for the Fall Staff seminar
or register onsite at seminar location from 8:00 am - 9:00 am.

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