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Dr. Rachel Dr. Rachel was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Growing up, she had many pets, including hamsters, birds, rats, cats, and a dog. She was fascinated by her observations of animal behavior and was determined to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Becoming a Veterinarian

After high school, Dr. Rachel attended the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. She then attended the Ontario Veterinary College, the oldest veterinary school in Canada, and graduated in 2005 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). During her clinical behavior medicine rotation she realized that veterinary medicine went beyond treating animals for physical illness. She witnessed firsthand how stress could impact or exacerbate medical conditions, and came to understand that addressing the animal’s behavior was just as important as treating its physical health.

Becoming a Veterinary Behaviorist

In 2005, after graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Rachel moved to the United States to attend a veterinary internship at the Animal Specialty Group, Inc., a top-rated multidisciplinary veterinary hospital, in the Los Angeles area. After her internship, she completed a rigorous, three-year residency in clinical animal behavior at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, California—the nation's largest veterinary behavior program. There, Dr. Rachel treated animals with problems like aggression, separation anxiety, house soiling, urine marking, fears and phobias, and various species-specific problems. She also conducted research investigating the relationship between cribbing, temperament, and colic in horses, which was published in the Equine Veterinary Journal in 2010.

Dr. Rachel completed her specialty residency in 2010 and was then certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB), a professional organization of veterinarians who have achieved board-certification in the specialty of Veterinary Behavior. As a diplomat or board-certified specialist, she works with individual pet owners, veterinarians, veterinary technicians and staff, trainers, and animal-care facilities to manage behavior problems and improve animal welfare.

Dr. Rachel is past Chair of the Credentials Committee for the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Speaker’s Bureau. She is a certified member and speaker for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). As well, she is recognized as a national lecturer for veterinary conferences and other events.

Dr. Malamed has authored chapters on "feline and canine enrichment" as well as "canine aggression toward people" in veterinary textbooks.

Dr. Rachel currently practices clinical behavioral medicine in the greater Los Angeles area.

Dr. Rachel Malamed
Dr. Rachel Malamed

Future Projects and Special Interests

Dr. Rachel’s future work includes ongoing research projects, publication of a chapter on canine aggression in a veterinary textbook, and the development of educational opportunities for veterinary staff and pet owners.

Dr. Rachel’s special interests include: anxiety based behaviors in dogs and cats; molecular mechanisms of learning and behavior; behavioral issues relating to blind dogs; preparing a pet for a baby's arrival; educating children on dog behavior and safe interactions; repetitive/compulsive behaviors; medical problems related to behavioral issues; acral lick dermatitis; feline elimination problems; and helping to establish behaviorally friendly veterinary clinics.