Video on Demand by Karen Pryor Clicker Training | Build an animal behavior team (ClickerExpo Video On Demand)

The Future Is Now: Creating Powerful Trainer/Vet Client Teams

The ideal veterinary model is evolving into one focused on client and patient care. At the same time, veterinary medicine is starting to recognize the importance of animal behavior and welfare. Now is the time for trainers to develop relationships with their local veterinarians, to assist them with clients’ training and behavioral needs as well as to provide staff education. Working together as a behavior team, trainers and vets can have a significant positive effect on pet-retention rates and pet welfare.

This Session will explore practical tips on how to approach veterinary hospitals. This sometimes means stepping outside of your comfort zone. Debbie will also address how to triage behavioral concerns, to help you better identify when a veterinarian should be involved in a case. She will also provide case examples.

Debbie Martin

Debbie Martin is a licensed Veterinary Technician in Texas, as well as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior (VTS-Behavior). She has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996, and worked in private practice for 14 years.

Since 2005 Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, during behavior consultations.

Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.

She is a contributing author and co-editor of the textbook Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Wiley-Blackwell. Debbie and Dr. Martin have also authored a book on normal development and training for dogs: Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. The pair also authored the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. The course provides not only the thorough knowledge necessary to provide puppy socialization classes, but also a complete curriculum with supplemental materials. Debbie’s combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine and the Fear Free initiative. Debbie is honored to be representing veterinary technicians and animal trainers on the Fear Free executive committee and also a subject matter expert for Fear Free Pets. When she is not seeing clients, writing, or speaking, Debbie enjoys spending time at home with her husband and three Belgian Malinois on their 5-acre property, aptly named the Malamo, in Spicewood, Texas or exploring the beautiful hill country of Texas on her motorcycle!