Temperament Tests What We Do and Do Not Know

October 2010 by Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVB

Audience: Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 38 minutes

One of the biggest hot-button issues in animal welfare is temperament testing. Temperament Tests - What We Do and Do Not Know, presented by Dr. Sarah Bennett at Purdue University's Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Conference in October 2010, discusses the importance of temperaments tests and looks at what they can and can't do. She also examines the most commonly used temperament tests as well as the most popular adoption screening and matching programs.

About Dr. Sara Bennett, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Bennett received her DVM degree from Purdue University in 2006. She then spent 3 years as an associate veterinarian in small animal general practice in Evansville, Indiana. She was accepted to the animal behavior residency program sponsored by the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University in July 2009, and completed the program in 2012 with a Master's of Science. She obtained certification as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2012.

Dr. Bennett addresses a variety of behavior problems and behavioral disorders including aggression, inappropriate elimination, compulsive disorder, fears and phobias and behavior problems associated with aging across a wide range of species. She particularly enjoys addressing problem behavior in shelter animals, helping to make these pets more adoptable, strengthen the budding human-animal bond and to keep these animals in their new homes.

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