Dr. Debra F. Horwitz Bio


Dr. Debra F. Horwitz is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She has been in behavior referral practice for more than thirty years, working with thousands of owners and their pets. Her practice is located in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2012 she received the Veterinarian of the Year award from Ceva Animal Health and was voted North American Veterinary Conference 2012 Small Animal Speaker of the Year.

An active lecturer, she speaks worldwide to veterinarians and pet owners on companion-animal behavior and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine. She is a frequent guest on radio and television. Teaching veterinarians is a passion; she serves as a behavioral consultant for the Veterinary Information Network, a teaching and clinical resource for veterinarians and has taught online behavioral courses as well.

Her book Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult, Clinical Companion: Canine & Feline Behavior, (with Dr. Jacqueline C. Neilson) was published in June 2007. She is an editor and contributor to the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine, 1st and 2nd editions. She is the behavior section editor for Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions, and has written several book chapters on behavior as well as the LifeLearn behavior handouts (with Dr. Gary Landsberg) for veterinarians to give to pet owners.

Dr. Horwitz serves on numerous committees for the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is a past president. She has also served on the Committee for the Human Animal Bond of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is a member of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

She would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity to share behavioral advice with so many veterinarians and pet owners. She hopes Decoding Your Dog will help keep pets in their home and create lasting and satisfying bonds between them and their human family.

Used with Permission From About the Editors: Decoding Your Dog, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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