The Behavior Club is a student chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). The club’s mission is to educate students regarding animal behavior and encourage interest in behavior medicine. Topics of interest range from interspecies and human aggression to anxiety and destructive behavior. The club also focuses on veterinarian-client interaction and ways in which the veterinarian may best advise the client and aid in strengthening the human-animal bond. The club does not focus on any particular species, but rather strives to provide education on the behavior of both large and small animals.
Principle activities, events, or programs:
The Behavior Club hosts 3 to 4 lectures per semester. These lectures will be given by veterinarians and behaviorists on topics pertaining to behavior of small and large animals. The club also offers wet labs, in which members will have the opportunity to participate in hands on activities involving animal behavior, including training, safety and emergency situations.
How this group’s activities benefit the profession, university, and community:
One of the main goals of this club is to educate future veterinarians on the importance of their role in strengthening the human-animal bond. Behavior club helps students learn how to deal with behavioral issues seen every day in a clinical setting, including aggression, inappropriate elimination and separation anxiety.
How to get involved with this group:
Dues for the club are $15 for the school year. Once dues have been paid, all members are invited to come to the lunch meetings (with food provided) and hands-on wet labs.
President: Lynlee Powell Nichols
Secretary: Patricia DeBow
Treasurer: Emily Hipp
Operations manager: Mandy Rehm