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Penn Vet Behavior Application

Developed in partnership with Intellivets, Connect for Education (C4E), and Penn Vet's Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society (CIAS), the Penn Vet Behavior App is a consultation and education service that connects pet owners and primary care veterinarians to reliable, scientifically-sound behavior expertise from the comfort of their home or clinic. 

Using this web app, pet owners can obtain detailed assessments of their pets’ behavior via the C-BARQ (Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire), as well as access to helpful educational resources on canine behavior. When appropriate, they can also initiate a behavioral consultation between their veterinarian and the Penn Vet Behavior Service.

Veterinary general practitioners can use this service to obtain clinical consultations with Penn Vet Behaviorists about their patients’ behavior problems. Vets can do this by inviting their clients to sign up in this app.

The application also houses a resource library for both owners and veterinarians, curated by Penn Vet, that is available to all users regardless of whether or not they’re utilizing the consultation function of the app.

For more information about the specific benefits of the platform and the process to enroll, please take a look at the instructions for pet owners and veterinariansk (see below):

  • For Veterinarians

    Specifically designed with veterinary general practitioners in mind, the application offers the opportunity to seamlessly integrate a specialized level of care into your own practice.

    Invite your own clients to upload videos and other helpful information about their pets directly to the portal

    Remotely assess patient behavior and request further consultation with a Penn Vet behavior specialist, if necessary.

    Chat directly with clients, file medical records, upload evaluation reports, and streamline your patients’ needs through the application portal

    To sign up for an account on the application, visit, click the ‘Enter’ button, then click ‘Create an Account’. For more information on how to use the platform after you create an account, please Download the instructions for Veterinarians (PDF)...

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  • For Pet Owners

    Consultations through the Penn Vet Behavior app can only be requested by veterinarians. Please contact your primary care veterinarian if you are interested in this service.

    After requesting a specialty consultation through their primary veterinarian, owners can upload videos of pet behavior through the app portal.

    The app’s unique, real-time video commentary feature allows Penn Vet’s experts to provide specific, time-stamped feedback to help you understand and correct troublesome mannerisms.

    To sign up for an account on the application, visit, click the ‘Enter’ button, then click ‘Create an Account’.

    If you are a pet owner who wishes to take the C-BARQ without a veterinary consultation, follow the steps in the attached PDF. If you have been invited by your primary care vet to sign up, please go to page 4 for instructions. Download the instructions for Pet Owners (PDF)...

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  • About C-BARQ
    • C-BARQ, or Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire, provides dog owners and professionals with standardized evaluations of canine temperament and behavior.
    • C-BARQ was developed by PennVet researchers and is currently the only behavioral assessment instrument of its kind extensively tested for reliability and validity on large samples of dogs of many breeds.
    • C-BARQ consists of 100 questions that describe the different ways in which dogs typically respond to common events and situations in their environment.
    • C-BARQ is simple to use and can be completed by anyone who is reasonably familiar with a dog's typical, day-to-day behavior.
    • On average, it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.
    • The C-BARQ is widely used to evaluate dogs for the presence and severity of behavioral problems. For ease of interpretation, each dog’s C-BARQ scores on this app are color-coded (green, yellow, orange or red) to indicate how far they diverge from the dog population average. Scores in the orange-red range are typically concerning.
  • About Intellivets and Connect for Education

    Intellivets was founded in 2018 by Dr. KimMi Whitehead, VMD, DACVECC, a veterinary criticalist. Intellivets is passionate about empowering veterinarians and pet owners by transforming how they access specialized pet care through telehealth technologies.  Intellivets builds custom telehealth platform solutions for hospitals and specialists, allowing them to offer virtual veterinary services.  

    Connect For Education (C4E) is a full service web-based course publisher and was incorporated in 2001 with the goal of becoming the most effective Constant Learning Companion for teachers and students. This ambition was driven by a passion for education and the conviction that the smart application of technology profoundly impacts how people teach and learn. We stand by four guiding principles:
    1. Creating products that integrate powerful technology and great content
    2. Building an intuitive, effortless interface & toolset that fit existing teaching/learning workflows
    3. Offering exceptional service for students and instructors from day one
    4. Building a college teaching and learning community

Meet the Team

Penn Vet Behavior Team
Dr. James Serpell, Penn Vet
  • James Serpell, BSc, PhD
  • Marie A. Moore Professor of Ethics & Animal Welfare, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 
  • Director, Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society., University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 

James Serpell holds the Marie A. Moore endowed Chair of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from University College London in 1974, and his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 1980.

At Penn Vet he teaches veterinary ethics, applied animal behavior and welfare, and human-animal interactions. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships, and he has published more than 150 articles and book chapters on these and related topics.

Dr. Serpell is the creator of the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ), and is also the author, editor or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives (1994), In the Company of Animals (1996), Companion Animals & Us (2000), and The Domestic Dog (2016).

Dr. Carlo Siracusa, DVM, PhD, Penn Vet
  • Carlo Siracusa, DVM, PhD
  • Associate Professor, Clinical Behavior Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary medicine

Born in Italy, Carlo Siracusa got his DVM from the University of Messina, Italy, and his PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, defending a thesis on perioperative stress in dogs and the effect of pheromonotherapy.

He completed his residency in Animal Behavior at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently the Director of the Animal Behavior Service and Chief of the Primary Care Education section.

Carlo is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavior Medicine.

His research interests are focused on stress evaluation in dogs, pheromonotherapy, canine temperament testing, and prognostic factors and treatment outcome of behavior problems.

Behavior Residents & Interns
Dr. Alison Emmert
  • Alison Emmert, BDVM
  • Resident, Behavior Medicine
  • Holly Memoli, BVM&S
  • Resident, Behavior Medicine