25th November 2005




Animal behaviourist at the University of Lincoln Dr Emily Levine has become the first person in Europe to be awarded the status of Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behaviourists.


Dr Levine who joined the university in August 2004 as a Researcher in Companion Animal Behaviour recently sat a two-day American Boards examination passing with flying colours.


Dr Levine studied Biology at the University of Georgia before gaining a place at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.


After graduating she completed a one-year internship at a companion animal medical and surgical referral practice in Arizona. She stayed in Arizona for a further year before going on to do a residency in animal behaviour at Cornell University in New York.


Speaking of her achievement Dr Levine said: Im delighted to have passed the exam and its an honour to be one of just a handful of veterinarians to be awarded diplomat status in animal behaviour.


I initially applied for the job at the University of Lincoln because I wanted to work with Professor Daniel Mills, who in addition to teaching runs a referral clinic for animals with behaviour problems at the university, as he is very well respected in his field.


There is very supportive academic environment here at the university and there are plenty of learning and research opportunities.


Dr Levine is currently doing a one-year follow up study which investigated using CD based firework sounds to treat dogs that were fearful of real firework exposures.


Her research interests include inter-cat aggression, parrot behaviour, attitudes of veterinary students towards farm animal welfare and firework phobia in dogs.


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