Dr. Amy Pike

Dr. Pike is a native Arizonan and graduated from Colorado State University’s school of veterinary medicine in 2003.  Working as an Army veterinarian after graduation and taking care of the Military Working Dogs returning from deployment spurred her interests in behavior medicine. Dr. Pike completed a Residency program and became board certified in 2015. She is owner of the Animal Behavior Wellness Center and was recently named one of the “Top Veterinarians of Northern Virginia” by NoVa Magazine for the sixth year in a row.

Dr. Pike speaks all over the world about veterinary behavior medicine, she has been published in numerous veterinary journals, she has conducted, co-authored and published three scientific research studies, and is a contributing author in five clinical text books. She is the editor for the new edition of Blackwell’s 5 Minute Veterinary Clinical Consult- Canine and Feline Behavior, due out in the Fall of 2024. In addition, she mentors 3 clinical behavior residents and is a clinical instructor for E-training for dogs and the Masters Program in Applied Animal Behavior at Virginia Tech. She is an advisory board member for Royal Canin, Fear Free, and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and is a consultant for Chewy, Inc.

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Behavior Disorders are Such a Pain!

Much research as of late in the field of behavior has been studying the link between pain and behavior presentations. Behaviorists have long posited that pain is a big contribution (and in some cases the sole contributing factor) to behavior, especially that which is sudden onset. A 2020 retrospective study by numerous veterinary behaviorists showed that around a third of patients presented for a primary behavior concern, had pain as a component of their diagnosis (Mills 2020). The authors additionally posited that this may have been an underestimate and may have actually been as high as 80%.


In this talk, we will discuss how to appropriately diagnose and treat acute and chronic pain. We will focus on the most common modalities, the future of pain detection in our patients, and future treatment options in the works.