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Behaviour consultations are provided to clients as a way to help owners deal with the behaviour problems in their pets.
It is recommended that a complete physical exam +/- bloodwork be done before the consultation to rule out any underlying medical problem(s). A copy of the medical file is appreciated. If it is possible to safely obtain video of the behaviour, it can significantly help with the diagnosis and treatment.
These appointments are made by the owners, not the referring veterinarian. A consult form must be filled out by the owner and received by Foothills Animal Hospital prior to an appointment being made.
Prior to the appointment, Dr Logan will review the consult form. During the consultation, the pet will be observed and pertinent information from the consult form will be clarified. A diagnosis will be made and specific behaviour modification exercises will be reviewed. Handouts are provided to aid the owners at home. All exercises can be fine tuned to fit into your daily life. The exercises are also based on gentle methods so as to help repair the human-animal bond.
Following the appointment, a fax will be sent to your regular veterinarian briefly outlining the appointment and behaviour modification exercises. As well, a letter reviewing all the recommendations will be sent out within two weeks of the appointment. Review sessions are set up on an as needed basis.
Dr. Logan has always had a special interest in behaviour and mental health issues in animals. In 2007, 2012 and 2013, Dr. Logan attended the NAVC Institute on behaviour. The NAVC Institute is unique in that it is a week long, in-residence form of continuing education. No more than 30 people can attend. The behaviour course is led by Dr. Karen Overall who is a board certified veterinary behaviourist. The hands-on, interactive course is the only one of its kind in North America. From February to October 2013, Dr. Logan did an on-line course from the Centre for Veterinary Education through the University of Sydney, Australia. This intense ten month course on animal behaviour is taught by Dr. Kersti Seksel who is board certified in veterinary behaviour in Australia, North America and Europe. Dr. Logan has also attended the Veterinary Behaviour Symposium organized by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and the American College of Veterinary Behavior almost yearly since 2003. This aids in her ability to stay current on the latest scientific findings. Dr. Logan periodically goes to the University of Calgary to instruct the first year veterinary students on dog and cat behaviour.
Dr. Logan's mother, Heather A. Logan, has run Cloverfield Animal Behaviour Services for 35+ years. This was a boarding kennel for 50 dogs and a breeding kennel of Labrador Retrievers. Dr. Logan has been training dogs since 1980 for competition obedience and conformation. Since 1992, she has been using operant conditioning – behaviour analysis (a.k.a. clicker training) on dogs as well as a number of other species (llamas, miniature donkeys, horses, goats, tigers, giraffes, grizzly bears and chickens).