Dr. Bonnie Beaver is executive director and a founding member of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She is an internationally recognized authority on animal behavior, animal welfare and the human-animal bond. She is a professor at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and served as the second woman and the eighth veterinarian from Texas to serve as President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, an 82,000-plus member organization.
“As health care professionals,” said Dr. Beaver, “we are expected to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine in the private and public practice areas. For a small profession, we have a lot if responsibility in serving two publics, the animals and the people.”
Communication establishes the relationship of veterinary medicine with society. According to Dr. Beaver, “Unfortunately the public does not always recognize the expertise we can contribute towards the health and welfare of their pets. Not only can veterinarians prevent disease and treat medical and surgical problems, they can help prevent and treat behavioral problems as well. When the issues get extremely complicated, veterinary specialists in behavior who are board certified by the ACVB are available to help our practitioner colleagues and the pet owners.”
Dr. Beaver has authored eight books, nearly 200 scientific articles, and presented over 400 seminars.