Veterinarians and technicians: Team up to treat behavior issues
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Radosta is the owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in West Palm Beach, Florida. She completed a residency in behavioral medicine at University of Pennsylvania where she received two national research awards. She has authored textbook chapters; writes a column for the Palm Beach Post and podcasts CE for VetGirl. She has published research papers on thyroid disease and clinician client communication and has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the behavior section editor for Small Animal Advances in Medicine and Surgery, sits on the American Animal Hospital Association Behavior Management Guidelines Task Force and the Fear Free Advisory Board.
You don't have to know everything! When you play to each other's strengths, you can ease pets' fears more effectively.
Veterinarians, are you hesitant to suggest desensitizing and counterconditioning measures in pets who have, for example, an extreme fear of storms? And are you hesitant because you simply don't know the methods?
If so, Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB, has a suggestion for you: Recognize the disorder, assess it and diagnose it, then hand the case off to a technician trained in these methodologies.
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"The veterinarian doesn't have to actually know the procedure of desensitization and counterconditioning, which is what scares the life out of vets," she says.
Whew. Now that that's off your plate, where do interested technicians get that training? Dr. Radosta has three suggestions:
- The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. "Hang out with like-minded people," she says.
- The Fear Free Toolbox. This resource offers loads of ideas and information.
- From Fearful to Fear Free. That's the book Dr. Radosta co-authored with Mikkel Becker, Dr. Wailani Sung and Fear Free pioneer Dr. Marty Becker.
Watch the video to hear more.
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