Clinicians and Team Members
The NCSU Behavioral Medicine Service is directed by a board certified veterinary behaviorist. In addition, the Service supports an accredited residency training program approved by the ACVB. Residents are licensed veterinarians who see cases under the direction of a board-certified veterinary behaviorist.
From left to right: Ms. Sherrie Yuschak, Dr. Margaret Gruen, Dr. Barbara Sherman, Dr. Jillian Orlando
Members of the Behavioral Medicine team work together to help you and your pet. Dr. Barbara Sherman or Dr. Jill Orlando meet with clients and patients to assess the behavior problem and formulate a treatment plan, and liaison with each pet's primary veterinarian. They are assisted by Ms. Sherrie Yuschak who communicates with clients, and conducts reward-based behavior modification appointments with patients and clients. Dr. Gruen supports the educational mission of the service.
Dr. Barbara L. Sherman
is Clinical Professor of Behavioral Medicine at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Behavioral Medicine Service. She is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is past-president of that organization; she is also board-certified by the American College of Animal Welfare. A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate in Animal Behavior from UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Sherman teaches animal behavior to veterinary students and directs the clinical behavior residency training program. Her ongoing research focuses on reducing anxiety in dogs and cats using pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic methods, and behavioral screening of military working dogs to optimize their performance and welfare.
Dr. Margaret Gruen
is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist who assists with referring veterinarian communications and resident training. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gruen completed an internship in animal welfare, a residency in clinical behavior, and a Master's degree in Veterinary Public Health at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. At present, Dr. Gruen is completing a doctoral degree in Comparative Medicine and Translational Research at NCSU-CVM. Her research focuses on advancing our understanding of how medical disorders, such as pain, affect behavior.
Dr. Jill Orlando
is a resident in clinical behavioral medicine at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After graduation, she completed a small animal internship at a private practice emergency/referral hospital in South Florida. Subsequently, Dr. Orlando worked in emergency medicine, general companion animal practice, and shelter medicine. During her spare time, Dr. Orlando volunteered with shelters, dog trainers, and animal behaviorists.
Sherrie Yuschak is the Clinical Behavioral Technician of the Behavioral Medicine Service. Sherrie graduated from Morehead State University in 1997 with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. As a registered veterinary technician, Sherrie worked in small animal general practice in Ohio, where she gained additional behavior experience from daily case work and through continuing education. In 2011, she achieved her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior, which demonstrates a superior knowledge of science and humane-based behavior modification techniques. Sherrie is past-president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and a member of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Sherrie assists clinicians, conducts behavior modification appointments, and communicates with clients.