VIN Consultants and Editors

Specialty: Behavior

Associate Editor

Debra Horwitz

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) Behavior, 1996


  • Bachelor of Science, Michigan State University, 1972
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, 1975

Current Professional Activities

  • Owner, Veterinary Behavior Consultations St. Louis, Missouri
  • Editor of Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion Canine and Feline behavior Second Edition 2018
  • Frequent lecturer and industry consultant on behavior
  • Creates and implements behavioral learning modules and programs for veterinarians and staff
  • Author of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine 1st and 2nd editions and the
  • Co-author of the Lifelearn Behavior programs materials
  • Section Editor for Behavior in The 5 Minute Veterinary Consultant 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions
  • Co-author Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary consult Clinical Companion Canine and Feline Behavior First edition
  • Co-editor of Decoding your Dog-a book by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorist on dog behavior for the public
  • NAVC Small Animal Speaker of the year in 2012 and 2014

Past Professional Activities

  • Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
  • Past President of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
  • Private medicine practice


  • Three grown children - not a veterinarian among them:
    • Jeff – Head of the lower school City Academy St. Louis, MO
    • Laura – Co founder and executive director of We Stories, a nonprofit that helps families have meaningful discussions about race with their young children through the use of children’s literature
    • Ben – New Orleans Police Department information technology for implementation of US Consent decree


  • I like traveling and relaxing with family and friends.

Favorite Quote

"Everything works some of the time, nothing works all the time." (Seems apropos for behavioral therapy!)

What I Like Most About VIN

The ability to easily reach so many in the veterinary community.

Are you a specialist who loves helping (and learning from) colleagues?

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