Chemical communication is one of the most important forms of communication for most of the animals that we work with. The term semiochemicals refers to all of the chemicals used by animals for communication. Pheromones are the specific chemicals that individual species of animals use to communicate with others of their species. Several synthetic pheromones have been commercially available for more than 20 years. This presentation will review the current pheromone research and the many ways in which pheromone therapy may be useful when preventing or responding to behavior problems in dogs, cats and horses.
The Science of Semiochemicals
8:00 pm PT
Dr. Valarie Tynes is a native Texan and received her DVM from Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists since 2003 and is currently Immediate Past President of the College. She is also Board Certified in Animal Welfare. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets and zoo animals. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and author of numerous articles and textbook chapters. She joined Ceva in October of 2014 as a veterinary services specialist but continues to provide consulting services to zoos.