Penn Vet | Behavior Medicine
New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

Behavior Medicine

Voted "Best of Philly-2013 for Puppy Training", the Behavior Medicine Clinic at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital is dedicated to helping pets and their owners live together comfortably and safely.

Our clinical team members are well qualified and experienced in addressing behavior problems with an approach that combines skills from the fields of behavioral medicine and other branches of veterinary medicine. We use a rigorous scientific approach to understand the regulating mechanisms behind animal behavior and its pathologies. This approach allows us to deliver an effective and welfare-friendly behavior treatment.

We see cats and dogs of all ages for behavior problems, ranging from house-training and litter box problems and destructive or self-injurious activity, to aggression towards people or towards other animals.

Meet Dr. Siracusa, DVM, PhD

Dr. Carlo Siracusa, Penn Vet Behavior

As director of Ryan Hospital's Companion Animal Behavior Medicine service, Dr. Carlo Siracusa studies and treats behavior issues from an integrated perspective.

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Behavior Medicine

Small Animal Behavior Residency and Specialty Internship programs

Penn Vet is offering a 3-year residency position focused on clinical activity and research, and 1-year specialty internship position focused on clinical activity. Learn more...

CALM Program:
Minimizing Anxiety in the Veterinary Clinic

  • May 17, 2020 – Philadelphia, PA
Registration for this event is not yet available. Please check back closer to the date of the event. 
Questions? Please contact Maria Calabrese, Director of Outreach:

-- Tuition: $ 495.00 per person --

Location: Penn Vet, 3900 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Open only to veterinary professionals, the program is approved for CE credits. All participants
will receive a certificate upon completion of the program.

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About Our Service

What can you expect once you make an appointment with the Behavior Medicine team? You'll learn more about how to prepare for your visit and meet our team.

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Behavior Medicine offers resources to clients on how to train and live with companion animals. Know what you can do on your own and when it's time to call the experts.

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CALM Certification 

CALM Program

The format for the Penn Vet CALM program allows veterinarians to learn, understand, and apply a variety of tools to enhance the welfare of animals. Participants will discover ways to compassionately and respectfully address the veterinary needs of their patients.

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Our Research

What makes us different is that we are always looking into the "why" of behavior. A deeper understanding of both the physiological and emotional basis of behavior can help address issues that may seem insurmountable.

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Behavior Medicine in the News

Because of Dr. Carlo Siracusa's expertise in companion animal behavior, he is often sought out by both regional and national news media.

Read the latest articles about Dr. Siracusa and the Penn Vet Behavior Medicine program...