Dr. Christine Calder- Behavior

About Christine Calder, DVM, Diplomate ACVB

Christine Calder

A graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Calder has lived and practiced veterinary medicine in both her home state of New Jersey, and Maine for many years.
In addition to general practice, Dr. Calder has worked at the San Francisco SPCA, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, she was an Assistant Clinical Professor in Community Veterinary Services and Veterinary Behavior at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Center. As a general practitioner, she has always had an interest in animal behavior especially clinical veterinary behavior and in 2016, she finished a residency with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In 2017, she became a Diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB). Dr. Calder’s special interest is in shelter behavior, feline behavior, and shy/ fearful dogs.


Presentation Synopsis

1. Behavior: It is Everywhere - Behavior is a part of everyday practice. Behavior friendly practices raise the standard of care and improve client compliance. We will discuss how to incorporate behavior into every day practice from why it is important to do so along with awareness, history taking, client education, and the prevention of behavior problems in every day practice.
2. How to Approach Behavior in Practice - Behavior cases don't have to be complicated. We will discuss how to approach behavior cases in practice, rule out medical differentials, and create a short term and long term treatment plan.
3. Medications and the Behavior Patient - Medications are part of the treatment of behavior problems in practice. We will cover the different medications available for behavior, how to decide when to prescribe, what to prescribe, and potential side effects.
4. Let's talk Canine Aggression: Case Studies - Aggression is a normal form of communication in dogs. Case examples will be used to discuss the different causes for aggression and common treatments.
5. Anxiety in the Canine Patient: Case Studies - Anxiety comes in many different forms. Case examples will be used to discuss different types of anxieties and common treatments for these patients.
6. The Feline Patient: The Litterbox and Beyond - House soiling and aggression are the two most common behaviors presented in general practice. They are also a common reason why clients choose euthanasia or surrender to shelters. We will discuss some common causes for both house soiling and aggression and how to treat and manage these cases.