Do you need help managing your companion animal’s annoying habits or dangerous behaviors?
We are here to provide humane, scientifically based counseling and training. As veterinary medicine and training experts, we are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat medical, dietary, social, and learning issues that may be contributing to problem behaviors. By choosing the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center's Animal Behavior Clinic, you and your animal will receive an individualized treatment plan, extensive behavior modification coaching, and post-consultation support from two animal behavior experts. Dr. Julie Albright, one of 60 board-certified veterinary behaviorist in the US, and Nelle Wyatt, a licensed veterinary technician and certified dog trainer, work together with you and pet to address behavior problems.
Common Behavioral Problems
Listed below are some common problems that can occur by species (but not limited to):
DOGS separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobias, aggression to people or other animals, OCDs (circling, light/shadow chasing), jumping, house soiling, hyperactivity, barking, and cognitive decline in geriatric dogs
CATS house soiling, spraying, scratching, aggression to people or other animals, excessive vocalization, and pica (ingestion of inedible or inappropriate materials)
BIRDS aggression, excessive vocalization, excessive and harmful feather picking, fearful behaviors
RABBITS and other exotic pets aggression, over-grooming, elimination problems
HORSES aggression, stall behaviors such as cribbing, weaving, or stall walking, and trailer loading problems
Behavior problems of farm animals such as goats, camelids, sheep and pigs can also be addressed.
Animal Behavior Team
- Julia D. Albright, MA, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorist (ACVB)
- Nelle Wyatt, LVMT, CPDT-KA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Animal Behavior Appointments
Please call 865-974-VETS (8387) and ask for Nelle Wyatt, Behavior Referral Coordinator. She will return your call within 24 hours Monday through Friday. Please tell the operator if this is an urgent matter.