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Behavioral Medicine

Contact Information

Phone: 919.513.6999
Fax: 919.513.6905
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM
Address: 1060 William Moore Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607

Veterinary Health and Wellness Center

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Emergency Service

Main Number: 919.513.6500
Small Animal Emergency: 919.513.6911
Large Animal Emergency: 919.513.6630
Monday-Thursday 5PM-8AM
Friday 5PM-Monday 8AM

Open 24 hours on legal holidays.
No appointment needed.

What is a Veterinary Behaviorist?

Veterinary Behaviorist

Veterinary Behavior is the clinical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral disorders of animals.  The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB; is the recognized governing body for this veterinary specialty, and is responsible for establishing training requirements, evaluating and accrediting training programs, and examining and certifying veterinary behaviorists.

Board-certified veterinary behaviorists have the designation, Diplomate ACVB. In order to gain board certification in Veterinary Behavior, a licensed veterinarian must first complete a minimum of 3 years of accredited advanced clinical training after graduation from veterinary school, publish in a peer-reviewed journal, complete approved case reports, and pass a rigorous comprehensive examination administered by the ACVB. As part of their training programs, board certified veterinary behaviorists receive specific and extensive training in medical problems that may complicate behavior problems, behavioral diagnostic procedures, behavior modification protocols based on the science of animal learning, and behavioral pharmacology.

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