New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

About Our Service

If you are coming to see us for the first time, or if you are an existing client, you may want to have a better idea of what to expect from you visit, how we will work together to define a personalized  treatment plan, and what happens after you leave and you and your animal are back home.

Behavior Medicine

Appointments: Call 215-746-8387 
Please make sure to request a behavior appointment.

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  • What to Expect

    Visits to the Behavior Clinic are by appointment. Pet owners may be referred to us by their primary care veterinarians, or may contact us directly, without a referral.

    • An initial visit to the Behavior Clinic usually lasts two to three hours.
    • Pet owners are asked to complete an online history form before the appointment which details the pet’s home environment and the behavior problem.
    • In order to address all possible contributing factors, we also request the pet’s medical record from the referring veterinarian.

    During the appointment the pet, client and behavior team meet to discuss the medical and behavioral history and ways to manage and improve the animal’s behavior. The environment is non-threatening and primarily intended to help the veterinary behaviorist (a veterinarian board-certified in animal behavior) or behavior resident to identify and understand the problem.

  • Defining a Treatment Plan

    Once a diagnosis has been made, a treatment plan is discussed. Management of behavior problems may include:

    • Safety counseling
    • Behavior modification
    • Management techniques such as modification of the home environment
    • Medication (if needed)

    Safety of our patients and of everyone who interacts with them is emphasized.

    In the second half of the appointment the client will work with a behavior technician on the behavior modification techniques recommended by the veterinarian. During this time the veterinarian and the clinical students will prepare a detailed written summary of the visit with all of the veterinarian’s recommendations and instructions for continuing behavior modification at home.

  • What Comes After the Appointment
    • You will be able to reach out to the behavior team via email ( with your questions or concerns. If a change to the treatment is necessary, the clinician will determine if a recheck appointment is needed. Typically, a recheck is required 8-12 weeks after the initial appointment.

Meet the Behavior Medicine Team

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB) as well as the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavior Medicine (DECAWBM), Dr. Carlo Siracusa has established a reputation as a leading voice in behavior medicine for companion animals, combining his extensive knowledge of physiology with a vast experience as a behaviorist.

Dr. Siracusa leads a team of intuitive clinician/thinkers in the field, and will help you to develop the best approach for dealing with your animal's behavioral issues.

Behavior Faculty
 Carlo Siracusa, Penn Vet, behavior
  • Associate Professor, Clinical Animal Behavior Service
Dr. Lena Provoost, Penn Vet
Behavior Residents & Interns
Dr. Alison Emmert
  • Alison Emmert, BDVM
  • Resident, Behavior Medicine
  • Holly Memoli, BVM&S
  • Resident, Behavior Medicine
Veterinary Technician
Lydia Kring,
  • Lydia Kring, CVT
  • Veterinary Technician