Presented by Meredith Stepita, DVM, DACVB

8 pm ET/5 pm PT, Wednesday, June 3, 2020

This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 
Registration is FREE for HSVMA members.


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By the time many pets arrive at the veterinary clinic, they are already experiencing stress due to confinement in carriers, transport, awareness of the surrounding and/or the unknown. There are many ways that veterinary professionals can help prepare their patients for a clinic visit to reduce stress. Join Dr. Stepita for a discussion of this important topic including:  

  • Identify sources of canine and feline stress that occur prior to the veterinary visit.
  • Learn about and apply the 5 steps that make up a behavior modification plan.
  • Devise a treatment plan and counsel clients regarding foundational steps of behavior modification that pet owners must implement at home before the process of decreasing stress at the veterinary hospital can occur.
  • Understand the role select anti-anxiety medications and non-pharmaceuticals play in decreasing patient stress that occurs before the veterinary visit.

All HSVMA webinars are FREE for HSVMA members.

If you are not a veterinary professional (veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary or veterinary technician student), we welcome your participation in the webinar for a one-time fee. Please call 530-759-8106 or email [email protected] to complete the registration.




Dr. Stepita received her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 2006. After completing an internship and working in general practice in Arizona she entered into the Clinical Veterinary Behavior Residency Program at the University of California-Davis, becoming a Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist in 2011. She spends most of her time in her San Francisco Bay Area-based practice, Veterinary Behavior Specialists, helping pet owners improve their pet’s behavior problems, and finds working with dedicated pet owners to be highly rewarding.
Dr. Stepita’s research involves the frequency of parvovirus in puppies attending puppy socialization classes. Results of this study showed that vaccinated puppies attending these classes were no more likely to be diagnosed with parvovirus than those not attending these classes. She has authored chapters on canine aggression, feline anxiety, feline house soiling, and canine and feline mourning in veterinary texts. Dr. Stepita is also a local and national speaker. Her areas of interest include canine and feline anxiety and aggression, the human-animal bond, and animal welfare.