Downeast Dog News

Veterinary Behaviorist

By Christine D. Calder DVM DACVB

A graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Calder has lived and practiced veterinary medicine in both her home state of New Jersey and Maine for many years.

In addition to general practice, Dr. Calder has worked at the San Francisco SPCA, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, she was an Assistant Clinical Professor in Community Veterinary Services and Veterinary Behavior at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Center. As a general practitioner, she has always had an interest in animal behavior especially clinical veterinary behavior and in 2016, she finished a residency with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In 2017, she became a Diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB). Dr. Calder’s special interest is in shelter behavior, feline behavior, and shy/ fearful dogs.

Dr. Calder is the new Director of Behavior Services at Midcoast Humane in Brunswick, ME. In addition to improving the welfare and adoption potential of Midcoast Humane residents, she still consults on out of shelter behavior cases at the Midcoast Humane Administration Building on Pleasant Street in Brunswick.

Dr. Calder will see Dogs, Cats, Birds, Pocket Pets, Horses, Exotics/Zoo, or any other species of animal. Types of cases include • Aggression • Fears, Phobias, and Anxiety • Compulsive Disorders • Elimination outside the litter box • House-soiling • Feather Picking Behavior- Birds • Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome • Excessive Vocalization • Destructive Chewing and many more


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