Course Overview

Dogs and cats visiting our hospitals must contend with new environments, strange smells, encounters with other cats and dogs, physical restraint, and other novel experiences, not to mention procedures and treatments that may actively cause pain or discomfort. Learning how to “read” our patients is one of the most reliable ways to ensure safety, and to improve the overall quality of the medical care that we provide for them. Common body language cues likely to be seen in the clinic setting will be covered.


Meet the Speaker

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He has operated both house-call and office-based behavior practices and is currently the owner and lead clinician at the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR. Dr. Pachel lectures regularly throughout the US as well as internationally, teaches courses annually at multiple veterinary schools in the US, and has authored several articles and book chapters on topics such as intercat aggression and pet selection for animal assisted therapy.

He is a sought-after expert witness for legal cases involving animal behavior and is also a Vice-President of Veterinary Behavior on the executive leadership team for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, as well as co-owner of Instinct Portland, which was launched in the fall of 2020. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for dvm360.