Thank you to our 2018 BC SPCA

Animal Behaviour Science Symposium attendees!

Our 2018 event featured sessions from:

Rebecca Ledger: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FRSB

Animal Behaviour & Welfare Scientist, Faculty, Langara College (Animal Behaviour, Animal Law)

Dr. Rebecca Ledger is an animal behaviour and animal welfare scientist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Originally from the U.K., Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in applied animal behaviour and animal welfare from Edinburgh University and a Doctorate in the assessment and treatment of behavioural disorders in shelter dogs. Rebecca currently sees cats and dogs with behavioural problems on veterinary referral across the Lower Mainland. In addition, she is a faculty member at Langara College, a columnist for the Vancouver Sun, and regularly acts as an expert witness in court cases across Canada involving aggressive dogs and animal cruelty & neglect.

Kim Monteith

Manager, Animal Behaviour and Welfare, BC SPCA

Over the past 18 years, Kim has implemented a wide array of shelter welfare programs at the BC SPCA including Capacity for Care, Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, and Dr. Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling. In her roles at the BC SPCA, Kim has helped to improve animal welfare, decrease length of stay, and increase live release rates across the province. Kim leads BC SPCA’s weekly Charlie’s Pet Food bank, assisting the homeless in caring for their pets, and is also credited with starting and managing a free monthly volunteer run Veterinary Clinic for the past 12 years. Kim a professional dog trainer and behaviour consultant is a graduate of leading dog expert Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers.

Chirag Patel

BSc (Hons), PGCert (CAB), CPBC, DipCABT

Behaviour & Training Consultant and Owner of Domesticated Manners (London/Essex)

With a passion for ethical, science-based behaviour management and training, Chirag is passionate about enabling animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care. Chirag is the owner of Domesticated Manners, whose headquarters is in London/Essex. With his team of invaluable assistants, Chirag started helping dogs and their people in 2004 and has since evolved to offer assistance to both domestic and wild animals in a wide range of settings internationally.

Chirag regularly consults with private clients and organizations such as the BC SPCA, Dogs Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and Kong. Domesticated Manners has consulted with clients, taught workshop and seminars in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Claudia Richter, DVM

Resident, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists – Owner of Pacific Veterinary Behaviour Consulting

Dr. Richter has been practicing veterinary medicine in BC’s Lower Mainland for over 10 years. She spent 6 years owning and operating her own veterinary hospital where she focused on creating a modern, community focused, small animal practice. Over her tenure her practice achieved American Animal Hospital Association accreditation, the “gold standard” for veterinary practice medical procedures and management in North America, as well as the introduction of low-stress and fear free practice methodologies. After recognizing the need for a veterinary behavior specialist in the Lower Mainland area, Dr. Richter to start down the path towards specialization and she is very happy to be working towards this under the supervision of Dr. Kenneth Martin, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

Zazie Todd, PhD

Creator/Blogger at Companion Animal Psychology, Hons. Graduate of Academy for Dog Trainers

Zazie Todd has a PhD in Psychology and is an honours graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers. She is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, a blog about the science of people’s relationship with their pets, has a blog at Psychology Today called Fellow Creatures, and has written for Pacific Standard and Reader’s Digest. She has a PhD in Psychology and is an honours graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers.

Karen Van Haften, DVM

Senior Manager, Behaviour and Welfare, BC SPCA

Dr. Karen van Haaften received her DVM from Ontario Veterinary College in 2009 and spent 5 years practicing small animal medicine in Ontario, Canada. She discovered a passion for animal behaviour, and decided to return to school to complete a 3-year clinical behaviour residency at UC Davis (completed in 2017). She is excited to join the BC SPCA team and hopes to help expand & enhance behaviour and welfare programs offered to shelter animals and the public. She has particular interests in animal welfare, humane training, and research.