SAT APRIL 27
8:30-9:30 AM LECTURE | LH1
SESSION I: VETERINARY BEHAVIOR IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
Katherine HoupT, VMD, PhD, DACVB
CORNELL UNIVERSITY CVM
JAMES LAW PROFESSOR EMERITUS, SECTION OF BEHAVIOR MEDICINE
Equine Behavior Problems
Horses, like dogs, show aggression - both offensive and defensive - toward humans or toward conspecifics. They also exhibit separation anxiety, but only when separated from other horses, so the bond with humans is not as close. The most troubling behavior problems of horses are stereotypes, such as stall walking, weaving, and cribbing. The most effective treatment of equine behavior problems is to reduce the grain in their diet, increase the roughage, and manage them on pasture with other compatible horses.
Katherine Albro Houpt, VMD, PhD is Professor Emeritus at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and is a diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She received her veterinary degree and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She founded and directed the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She trained many residents who have gone on to direct animal behavior clinics at other veterinary colleges and or to open behavior clinics in private practice. Her research has concentrated on clinical animal behavior and welfare, including horse preferences for light, heat and exercise and the unique problem of cribbing as well as the behavior of Przewalski’s horses. She has published over 100 papers as well as a textbook, Domestic Animal Behavior, now in its sixth edition. Retired for 9 years she still sees behavior cases and carries on research projects At home she relaxes with her West Highland terrier, her Ragdoll cat, her Arabian mare and Swedish Gotland pony.