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Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Debra Horwitz receivedher DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975.She became board certified as a diplomate of the American Collegeof Veterinary Behaviorists in 1996, one year after the formal recognition ofthe college. Dr. Horwitz has had a referral practice for behavioral problems incompanion animals since 1982; and moved her practice and family to St. Louis in 1986. She is Co-editor and author ofthe BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioral Medicine 1stand 2nd edition, published in October 2009. Her other book, Blackwell'sFive-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior co-authored with Dr. Jacqui Neilson was published in 2007 and the second edition in 2018. She is the behavior sectioneditor for the 5 Minute Veterinary Consult 3rd, 4th and5th editions. She is alsoco-author of the Lifelearn Behavior Client Handouts available on CD andonline. Dr. Horwitz is a behavioral consultant on the Veterinary InformationNetwork, an educational resource for veterinarians. In 2012 she received the Veterinarian of the Year by Ceva Animal Health at the Purina® Pro Plan® 57th Annual Show Dogs of the Year® Awards.
She is a frequent lecturer speaking at the numerous national and internationalveterinary meetings including the North American Veterinary Conference, the American Animal Hospital Association annual meeting, the American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention, the Australian Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association. In 1999 she was chosen "Technician Speaker of the year" at the North American Veterinary Conference. She has been "Veterinary Speaker of the year" at the 2012 and2014 North American Veterinary Conference. Her articles on companion animal behavior have appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,Veterinary Forum, Compendium publications, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, NAVC Clinician's Brief, and in books for pet owners on behavior. She also serves on several advisory boards for corporations andpublications related to animal behavior, health and welfare. She appears locally and nationally on bothradio and television as well as in local print publications and lectures. Dr. Horwitz was the 1999 AAHA FriskiesPetCare award recipient for excellence in companion animal behavior.
Dr. Horwitz is actively involved in organized veterinary medicine serving on numerous committees for the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and has also served as its president. She has also served on the Committee for the HumanAnimal Bond of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She is a member of the Greater St. LouisVeterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association,the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary MedicalAssociation. Locally she has helped train behavior Helpline associates at the Missouri Humane Society as well as Nestle Purina PetCare Office of Consumer Affairs.