Working with animals that behavioral needs is tricky. Here are some available behavioral resources for veterinary clinics and pet professionals in the Kansas City area.


American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

“The AVSB is a group of veterinarians and doctorate level animal behaviorists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior. Join us and discover how insight into animal behavior can strengthen the human animal bond and enhance the welfare of your patients.”

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

“The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) is the certifying board for veterinarians who are specialty trained to advance the behavioral health of animals through clinical practice, research, and science-based behavior education. Board-certified specialists are known as Diplomates.”


Founded by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, and developed by hundreds of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice. Our programs and courses provide veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners with the knowledge and tools to look after both a pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

DR. KAREN OVERALL, DVM, DACVB provides variety of behavioral resources such as papers on the use of pharmaceuticals for behavior, as well as protocols and videos for behavior modification.


“Low Stress Handling®, developed by the late Dr. Sophia Yin, focuses on teaching the individual how to use humane animal handling techniques. These skills improve animal welfare and strengthen the animal-human bond by continually assessing body language and behavior. This improved communication increases safety, efficiency, and patient care.”


(WITHIN 500 MILES OF 66061)

Colleen Koch, DVM, DACVB (Jackson, IL) is available for educational workshops, lectures, presentations customized to the needs of your practice or organization and often consults with veterinarians to reduce the distress, improve handling, and management for the animals in their care. 

Kelly C. Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB (Chicago, IL) If you are a veterinarian that would like to discuss the use of medical therapy for one of your behavior patients, have a behavior patient that needs immediate triage, or would like to expand your behavior medicine skillset, contact us to schedule a Vet to Vet teleconsultation.