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Helpful Links for Pet Behavior Information
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Dr. Derr is a member of the Speakers Bureau of
the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior.
Stipends are available to student groups and state associations from AVSAB to offset
the fees of any Speakers Bureau speaker. Contact www.avsab.org
In October of 2017, Dr. Derr accepted a temporary shelter veterinarian position with Feline Rescue in St. Paul, MN.
She provided care for cats in the foster and shelter programs until a full-time veterinarian was hired in June of 2018.
The Shelter Medicine Club at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine invited Dr. Derr to participate in a panel discussion
as one of three shelter veterinarians answering student questions about this aspect of the veterinary profession.
The event was held during the club meeting on Friday, October 6, 2017.
Dr. Derr spoke about behavior evaluations in animal shelters with the Shelter Medicine Club at the University of of Minnesota
Veterinary School on February 20, 2017. Her dog Pip provided comic relief and demonstrated the behavior evaluation.
Coco's Heart Dog Rescue hosted Dr. Derr on February 22, 2016. Her talk on Normal Canine Social Development,
followed by a question and answer session, helped the fosters who are dealing with the behavioral issues
of shy, fearful dogs recently rescued from a hoarding situation.
Dr. Derr met with with the Shelter Medicine Club at the University of of Minnesota
Veterinary School on March 4, 2015 to talk about behavior evaluations in animal shelters.
Her talk was repeated on November 2, 2015, for the combined Shelter Medicine, Behavior, and Canine clubs.
Oakview Veterinary Medical Center in Plover, Wisconsin, invited Dr. Derr to speak at their second annual client education
seminar on October 25, 2014. Her topics included Canine Social Behavior and Veterinarian-Induced Anxiety.
Other speakers at the event discussed body language and environmental enrichment for indoor cats. The seminar
was held at the newly remodeled MidState Technical College in Stevens Point, WI.
On February 8, 2014, Dr. Derr gave 4 hours of lecture at the Annual Applied Behavior Conference
in Madison, Wisconsin. Her topics were 'Practicing Behavior Medicine without Board Certification',
'The Art of Behavior Consultations', 'The Development of Social Behavior in Dogs',
and 'Preventative Behavioral Medicine'.
On November 17, 2013 Dr. Derr presented two hours on Safe Animal Handling and First Aid for the
Minnesota Animal Disaster Coalition as part of their annual training meeting.
On February 21, 2013 Dr. Derr presented an original research paper and poster at the
Midwest Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
"A Successful Approach to Decreasing the Incidence of Feline Upper Respiratory Infection in an Animal Shelter"
was included as one of three presentations on "Advances in Shelter Medicine" sponsored by
the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. The paper was also incorporated into an online shelter certification course
offered by the University of Florida via Maddie's Fund in the chapter entitled "Shelter Disease Surveillance".
Dr. Derr presented a short communication at the annual joint meeting of the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in July of 2007. Her paper "The Effect of a Behavioral Enrichment Program on Urinary Cortisol/Creatinine Ratios in Adult Cats in a Limited Admission Animal Shelter" was based on her original research project.
Dr. Derr's Professional Organizations
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA)
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)
American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior (AVSAB)
Dr. Derr recently stepped off the Executive Board of the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior.
AVSAB's mission is to promote the understanding of applied animal behavior
through collaborative, scientific efforts that foster compassionate and respectful interactions with animals.
Dr. Derr completed two two year terms as Member at Large.
(All queries from potential clients will be answered, but we cannot respond to requests for help with behavior problems over the phone or by email without first establishing a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Thanks for your understanding.)