Tawzer Dog | From Leashes to Neurons and Psychopharmacology

From Leashes to Neurons and Psychopharmacology

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IAABC (International Assoc of Animal Behavior Consultants)
2007 Conference Keynote Speaker

FROM LEASHES TO NEURONS: How dogs think, why this matters, and what we can learn from them about becoming more humane

Psychopharmacology has become a popular, and sometimes mandatory addition to treatment regimes for canine and feline patients with behavioral problems; however, clients and practitioners should be dissuaded that behavioral drugs are 'quick fixes'. Veterinarians should only prescribe psychotropic medication when they have a specific idea of how the mechanism of action of the drug will affect the target behaviors associated with a specific diagnosis. The diagnosis must be treated rather than non-specific signs. Newer psychotropic medications demonstrate the extent to which truly abnormal behaviors are dysfunctions of neurochemistry; synaptic or cellular metabolism; or genetic encoding and 'learning', or LTP, hence there is a clear role for the interaction of neuropharmacology and behavioral and environmental modification.

Future advances in treatment in behavioral medicine will be pharmacological and neurophysiological. As the field of behavioral medicine expands, its paradigm will enlarge to include combination therapy and the implementation of neuropharmacological intervention as a diagnostic tool. At present, the veterinary practitioner can effectively aid many common behavioral problems using extant drugs to treat animals with true behavioral pathology. Rational pharmacological therapy requires complete medical and behavioral histories, requisite laboratory work, complete client understanding and compliance, and an honest and ongoing dialogue between the client and veterinarian that includes frequent follow-ups and re-examinations. © 2001 Harcoun Publishers Ltd 

Presentation by: Karen Overall, MA, VMD, Ph.D, DACVB

Copyright © 2007, Tawzer Dog LLC

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Karen Overall received her B.A. and M.A. degrees concomitantly from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. After a year spent at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama she was awarded her V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. She completed a residency in Behavioral Medicine from the same school in 1989. Her Ph.D. in Zoology was awarded by the University of Wisconsin ¬Madison for research focusing on mating systems and physiology of a protected lizard.

Dr. Overall has given hundreds of national and international presentations and short courses and is the author of over 100 publications on behavioral medicine and lizard behavioral ecology. She has also been a regular columnist for both Canine and Feline Practice journals and currently writes a bimonthly column for DVM Newsmagazine. Her best selling textbook, Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals, was published by Mosby in 1997. Her new book, Handbook of Small Animal Behavioral Medicine, to be published by Saunders, should be out by the end of year 2007.

Dr. Overall is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behavior and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society as an Applied Animal Behaviorist.Dr. Overall's research interests focus on the development of genetic and behavioral animal models for human psychiatric illness, particularly those involving anxiety, panic, and aggression for which she has been generously and continuously funded Dr. Overall frequently consults with service dog organizations including military and narcotic dog groups, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Canine Companions for Independence and with law makers regarding legislation affecting dogs. She was awarded the 1993 Randy Award for excellence and creativity in research and is frequently honored to be a visiting scholar at a variety of universities. Her other interests include integration of conservation biology into veterinary medicine, international outreach and participation in student based community outreach initiatives.

This video qualifies for 1.5 trainer CEUs and 2 behavior consultant CEUs