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Wednesday, April 14th 6:00—7:00pm

Pet Behavior and the Pandemic

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Pet Behavior and the Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, pets have enjoyed the constant company of their owners and the extra attention that comes with it. As more Americans were vaccinated and returning to the office, the concern was that the change in routine might be stressful for pets and would lead to behavioral issues.

To help prepare for post-pandemic life, the Usdan Institute of Animal Health Education and the Cornell University Hospital for Animals teamed up for a webinar on “Pet Behavior and the Pandemic.”

On April 14th, 2021, behavior specialists Dr. Katherine Houpt and Dr. Kate Anderson from the Cornell University Hospital for Animals discussed separation anxiety, socialization, and offered suggestions to help ease the transition to the new normal.

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Dr. Houpt with dog

Dr. Katherine Houpt
James Law Professor Emeritus, Section of Behavior Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Katherine Houpt, VMD, PhD, received her veterinary degree and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Dr. Houpt specializes in the treatment of behavior problems of animals, primarily dogs, cats, and horses. She directed the Animal Behavior Clinic and taught at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, where she is James Law Professor of Behavior Medicine, emeritus.

Dr. Houpt is the author with Lee Boyd of Przewalski’s Horse: The History and Biology of an Endangered Species and with Margit H. Zeitler-Feicht of Horse Behaviour Explained: Origins, Treatment, and Prevention of Problems. Dr. Houpt has published a textbook titled Domestic Animal Behavior, now in its fifth edition, as well as numerous scientific articles.

Her current research interests are cribbing and pawing. She has ridden and fallen off horses in more countries than most people have visited, and rides her chestnut Arabian Mare and drives her Swedish Gotland pony.


Dr. Kate Anderson with dog

Dr. Kate Anderson
Resident Veterinarian
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Dr. Anderson graduated from Cornell’s vet school in 2008. She has a diverse background, having worked with both large and small animals in private practice and industry. She is currently a resident with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB). In addition to general practice and emergency work, she sees behavior cases in both private practice and at Cornell. Dr. Anderson is also a Fear Free Certified professional. She lives in Ithaca with her husband and their dog Ernie. She enjoys running, cooking, and baking in her free time.



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