Behavioral assessments performed in the shelter are used to evaluate an animals’ behavior in various circumstances for specific purposes. These purposes may be to evaluate the predictability of an animal’s reaction to a number of situations. Recent insight has indicated that the evaluations in the shelter do not reliably predict how the pet is going to behave in the home. Many of the assessments lead to false positive results, meaning a pet can be labeled as being aggressive when it is not. We will review some of the assessments currently used and discuss a different approach to performing behavioral assessments of shelter pets.
This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.
This program (both live and recorded) has been APPROVED for:
- 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.
- 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
- 1 CEU for behavior consultants by The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
- 1 CE by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Texas Animal Control Officers