Why I Became a Vet

I knew that I wanted to become a veterinarian since I was 5 years old.  While growing up, I convinced my parents to allow me to have stewardship of a diverse array of animals.

Kitty in Grass

In addition to the many childhood pets, (cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, newts, fish, turtles and finches), I had a special friendship with a ferret named Willie until he passed away from Lymphoma. Having cared for so many animals, I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of other families by helping meet the medical needs of their pets.

While volunteering at the Parma Historical Society’s Stearns’s Farm at age 11, I began bringing home many baby chicks, injured Peking ducks and kittens to foster. My experiences at that wonderful farm fostered my love for a greater number of species and contributed to my current addition, our family's 'Acre of Heaven.'

While earning my Bachelor’s, I acquired a pair of Persian cats. Once I owned my first home in Columbus, Ohio, a dog was the next order of business!  I owe my status as a behavioral veterinarian to this dog, Lexi. This girl of mine, a Labrador- Rottie mix, had many behavioral afflictions, including inter-dog aggression, conflict-related aggression, separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobia and stereotypic light chasing. In addition, 4 other mostly 'behaviorally-challenged' dogs have come to share their lives with me over the years. I also spend much of my time with an ex-racing Thoroughbred named Ginger and our 26yr old Arabian Kas.  Madeline, the barn cat keeps the horses company too! My family has built our own chicken coop and filled it with 5 hens. 3 hermit crabs and three 10, 20 and 50 gallon fresh water tanks fill our home. Our most recent additions are a 3yr old Siberian cat name, Erie (for Lake Erie!) and a 16wk old yellow Lab named Alice.

Many family members have homes filled with cats and dogs due to my rescue habits as well!

 

About Elizabeth S.M. Feltes, DVM

ACVB Non-Conforming Resident in Training

At The Ohio State University, I earned my Bachelors of Science in Animal Science in 2001.  I then worked in a Masters of Science program for one year focusing on animal behavior, foced mostly on horse behavior. 

Next, I entered the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.  During veterinary medical school, I did training and behavioral modification services in Columbus, Ohio.  While in veterinary medical school, I held the positions of Vice President in the Veterinary Behavior Club and in the Human-Animal Bond Club.  I have also co-published articles (Do Animals Grieve?  AAH-ABV Newsletter; Fall 2005, Vol. 14) and handouts on animal behavior and behavioral medicine for The Ohio State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

During my final year of schooling, I worked in two externships.  One with board-certified veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Lore Haug, in College Station, Texas and one with board-qualified veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Amy Marder, in Boston, MA.  I then graduated in 2006 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. 

From 2006-2007, I practiced general medicine and surgery with a special interest in behavior in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.  In September 2007, Animal Behavior of Northeast Ohio LLC was born. 

As owner of this, The Behavior Clinic; Animal Behavior of Northeast Ohio, LLC, my focus is solely on behavior.  I educate the public through seminars in the Midwest, offer continuing education for veterinarians & veterinary technicians, and consult on behavioral problems in companion pets.  My philosophy is utilizing the most positive, least intrusive and most effective means possible to change behavior. 

In 2008 after having my first son, I started Pregnant with Pets; A seminar for Expecting Families with Pets.  This program is designed to help families with normal or problem-behavior animals set the WHOLE family up to succeed when the new baby arrives. It is now available through a 1 hour recorded webinar. One month access is available for purchase through the main phone line at TBC.

Education

  • Current Non-Conforming Veterinary Behavior Resident of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • 2006 Graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine
  • 2001-2002 Participated in a Masters of Science Program at The Ohio State University’s College of Agriculture in Equine Behavior
  • 2001 Graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Science with a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science

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