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Slide Step 1: Schedule an Appointment Email us or call us at 612-554-1182 or 320-292-6608 to schedule your appointment.

Slide Step 2: Fill Out All Forms Once you have an appointment scheduled with us, we will have you complete and submit your forms. Forms will be supplied to you by email or regular mail, whichever is the easiest option for you. Lady playing with cat

Slide Lady playing with cat Step 2: Fill Out All Forms Once you have an appointment scheduled with us, we will have you complete and submit your forms. Forms will be supplied to you by email or regular mail, whichever is the easiest option for you.

Slide Clicking photo of dog from camera Step 3: Make All Necessary Preparations Medical records. Please contact your pet’s regular veterinarian and ask to have your pet’s full medical records sent to us via email or fax prior to your appointment.

Video. Even if we are seeing your pet at your home, it can be helpful to have video of the specific behavior of concern. This ensures that we see the behavior regardless of whether it is performed during our visit. DO NOT allow an unsafe situation to occur in order to get video footage.
Day-Of Preparations Medical records. Please contact your pet’s regular veterinarian and ask to have your pet’s full medical records sent to us via email or fax prior to your appointment.

Video. Even if we are seeing your pet at your home, it can be helpful to have video of the specific behavior of concern. This ensures that we see the behavior regardless of whether it is performed during our visit. DO NOT allow an unsafe situation to occur in order to get video footage.

Slide Step 4: Attend Your Appointment When you arrive for your appointment, please leave your pet in the car while you go inside to check in. Return to your car to wait with your pet until a doctor or staff person comes out to get you.

Appointments last between 1.5 to 3 hours.

• Approximately 1- 1.5 hours: evaluation and diagnosis, information about your pet’s condition, risk assessment as needed, and overview of the treatment plan
• Approximately 1- 1.5 hours: management tools, foundation skills and behavior modification
Who Should Attend All family members and others who interact with the pet regularly should plan to attend the appointment. Due to the length of appointments, however, we ask that you make arrangements away from the appointment for children under the age of five, or provide additional adult help specifically to tend to the needs of the child(ren). If you are working regularly with a trainer, it is best if the trainer can attend the appointment as well.
Waiting area in hospital

Slide Waiting area at hospital Step 4: Attend Your Appointment When you arrive for your appointment, please leave your pet in the car while you go inside to check in. Return to your car to wait with your pet until a doctor or staff person comes out to get you.

Appointments last between 1.5 to 3 hours.

• Approximately 1- 1.5 hours: evaluation and diagnosis, information about your pet’s condition, risk assessment as needed, and overview of the treatment plan
• Approximately 1- 1.5 hours: management tools, foundation skills and behavior modification
Who Should Attend All family members and others who interact with the pet regularly should plan to attend the appointment. Due to the length of appointments, however, we ask that you make arrangements away from the appointment for children under the age of five, or provide additional adult help specifically to tend to the needs of the child(ren). If you are working regularly with a trainer, it is best if the trainer can attend the appointment as well.

Slide Dog high give Step 5: Follow-Up Short-Term Follow-Up Directly after your appointment, you and your veterinarian will receive a written summary of all recommendations. Additionally, we provide two months of email and phone follow-up.

In most cases, a recheck visit is recommended approximately 8-12 weeks after the initial visit. Recheck fees will apply.
Long-Term Follow-Up Recheck visits (fees apply) are recommended every 2-3 months until your pet is stable. A typical recheck schedule is 8-12 weeks after initial visit, and every 6-12 months after the first recheck. If your pet’s behavior becomes very stable, you may either choose to have Veterinary Behavior Specialties of MN manage your pet’s behavioral care on a long-term basis, or to transfer care back to your primary care veterinarian.

We do not offer regular veterinary care. No matter how you choose to manage your pet’s behavioral care on a long-term basis, you should continue to work with your primary care veterinarian to manage your pet’s overall health.
Still Have Questions? Contact Us! If you have questions prior to your appointment that are not addressed here or on our FAQs page, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to working with you!