Referring a Behavior Case

The Behavioral Medicine Clinic at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center is headed by Dr. M. Leanne Lilly, a veterinarian who has completed a residency program in veterinary behavioral medicine. The clinic offers services to owners of companion animals with behavioral issues, including, but not limited to, human-directed aggression, inter-pet aggression, separation anxiety, inappropriate elimination, fears, phobias, compulsive behaviors, and cognitive dysfunction. We are experienced in addressing the behavior problems of dogs and cats and the concerns of their families. The goal of a behavior appointment is to help owners understand their pet’s behavior and to help them and their pet live together more comfortably and safely.

An initial appointment for a dog usually lasts 1-2 hours. If two or more pets are involved, or if the behavior problem is complicated, it is likely to last longer. Clients can be referred to the Behavioral Medicine Clinic website at for more details about the appointment and fees as well as to download the required paperwork. Or they may call 614-292-4655 or email directly for scheduling.

Please fax or email medical records, including any laboratory or advanced diagnostic tests and doctor’s notes to at 614-292-1454 before the scheduled appointment date. A brief synopsis or any other pertinent historical information is welcome and appreciated from veterinarians or veterinary staff members who have worked closely with the patient. You will receive a copy of the discharge instructions following the patient’s appointment. Please feel free to contact our clinicians through our referral coordinator, Stephanie Yochem at 614-292-0950 if you have questions regarding a patient you plan to or have already referred to the Behavioral Medicine Clinic.

Veterinarians outside of Ohio and surrounding areas looking to refer a behavior case can find a local board-certified veterinary behaviorist at the American College of Veterinary Behavior. Other resources include the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, and the Animal Behavior Society.