The Behavior Medicine Section offers training, consultations and referrals in behavioral medicine and neurological electrodiagnostics for DoD veterinarians by a board-certified animal behaviorist.
A three and one-half day Behavior Medicine Short Course (AKO password protected) will be conducted for VCOs enrolled in the First Year Graduate Veterinary Education (FYGVE) program at their duty sites and at the DoDMWDVS up to three times a year for DoD veterinarians wishing to improve their knowledge and skills in behavioral medicine. The Behavior Medicine Short Course consists of both didactic and hands-on training in a number of key areas of assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
Consultation and limited referral services are offered for Military Working Dogs with behavioral problems, and for laboratory animal programs needing assistance with behavioral problems, animal welfare questions, or behavioral enrichment recommendations. In addition, consultations are available for pets of personnel authorized to use Army veterinary treatment facilities with behavioral problems. The section also evaluates videos to provide referring veterinarians additional guidance regarding the suitability of retiring Military Working Dogs for adoption.
The section is also able to provide electrodiagnostic evaluation of patients with neurological and sensory problems. We are currently able to perform electromyography and nerve conduction studies for the functional diagnosis of peripheral neuromuscular problems, electroencephalography with spectral analysis to assist in the diagnosis of seizure disorders and functional disorders of the central nervous system, brainstem auditory evoked response testing for the functional diagnosis of hearing problems, and electroretinography and visual evoked response measurement for the functional evaluation of visual problems.