Cornell University Hospital for Animals


Hospital Services

Behavior what to expect

Consultations last 2-3 hours and involve three steps: a history review and analysis of underlying causes; observation of animal-owner interactions, performance of relevant tasks, assessment of behavior problems; and the development of a behavioral modification plan.  Following a behavioral consultation, the service provides both the client and the referring veterinarian with letters of recommendation reflecting the action plan.

The plan may include avoidance of triggers and recommended environmental changes, behavioral modification program based on learning theory, steps to build stronger animal-human bond, activities for mental and physical enrichment, and/or prescription medicines.