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Dr. Rachel Malamed is a Veterinary Behaviorist with the passion and understanding to improve the lives of pets and their human companions. After obtaining her veterinary degree (DVM), Dr. Rachel completed a three-year clinical behavioral medicine residency at the University of California, Davis and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Dr. Rachel is one of a limited group of Veterinary Behaviorists; there are fewer than 60 board certified practitioners in the country.
On a daily basis, pet owners seek Dr. Rachel’s advice regarding their pet’s behavioral issues. She helps owners understand their pets and finds ways to improve the situation. With her expertise in clinical behavioral medicine, Dr. Rachel is also able to diagnose and treat medical issues that contribute to or cause these behavioral issues. Every pet, owner, and home situation is unique. Dr. Rachel tailors her approach in order to get the best results. Positive, humane and science based techniques are used to help her patients feel comfortable and safe, while addressing conditions such as separation anxiety, aggression, compulsive disorders, cognitive dysfunction, elimination disorders, and other underlying medical issues.
Dr. Rachel is regularly sought out for her expertise. She has shared her knowledge with major media outlets, including a feature story in the New York Times Magazine and appearances on Yahoo’s Animal Nation, NBC11, Animal Radio, The Huffington Post, and in Dog Fancy Magazine. Dr. Rachel is a speaker at national veterinary conferences, is an expert witness consultant for legal matters, and has published scientific research.
The work Dr. Rachel and her colleagues do matters. Animals commonly suffer from fear and anxiety, which have a significant impact on their quality of life. Improving pets’ behavior saves lives: behavioral issues are the leading reason people relinquish their pets to shelters and according to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, behavior problems are the number one cause of death in dogs under three years of age. The truth is that behavioral issues can be treated and prevented but many people do not know where to find qualified help. Welcome to Dr. Rachel’s practice.