Separation anxiety is estimated to affect as much as 20% of the dog population and can lead to profound suffering in dogs. The destruction and self-harm performed by many of these dogs often lead to a damaged human-animal bond, relinquishment and sometimes even euthanasia. This presentation will discuss the diagnosis of separation-related problems and the common comorbidities. Management techniques and different forms of non-pharmacological as well as pharmacological interventions will be covered.


  • Learn how to recognize separation anxiety in its earliest stages as well as when it is advanced.
  • Learn how to make the diagnosis of separation anxiety and monitor the efficacy of treatment.
  • Learn how to use a multimodal approach to treat separation anxiety.


Dr. Valarie V. Tynes


Dr. Tynes is a native Texan and received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is a Past President of the College. She is also Board Certified in Animal Welfare. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets and zoo animals. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and the author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. She joined Ceva in October of 2014 as a veterinary services specialist but continues to provide consulting services to zoos.