Dr. Duxbury completed her behavior residency and became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) in 2005. She served as an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she ran a successful behavior practice that was recognized as one of the ‘Best Places to Fix’ by Minneapolis /St. Paul Magazine. She left the University in 2015 in order to focus exclusively on helping clients and their pets.
In addition to being a Board Certified Diplomate of the ACVB, Dr. Duxbury has twice served on its Board of Regents. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). Her research has been published in national, peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Genome Biology. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national veterinary conferences.
Dr. Deborah Bryant
Dr. Bryant is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).
She has sought intensive continuing education in behavioral medicine, and strives to expand her working knowledge in the field. Under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Overall, Dr. Bryant has completed her clinical residency training program with the goal of attaining board certification through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. You may know her through Greater Minnesota Veterinary Behavior Services, her previous practice, started in 2009. She served as a clinician in the Behavior Service at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in 2012. Dr. Bryant continues to see patients in their homes in the St. Cloud and certain greater Minnesota locations. Together with Dr. Duxbury, Dr. Bryant is passionate about caring for canine and feline patients, and their humans, through Veterinary Behavior Specialties of Minnesota!
Nancy Vitalis has been in the veterinary business since 1985. She started her career at a very progressive and busy private practice in Detroit, Michigan as a licensed technician and office manager. After four years there, she moved back to her home state of Wisconsin where she worked in a mixed animal practice in the northwest part of the state. Nancy has been with VBSMN almost since its inception. She was brought on board to assist in the day-to-day operations of Veterinary Behavior Specialties of Minnesota because of her years of experience in veterinary medicine and her excellent office management skills. Nancy and her husband are also owners of a behaviorally challenged dog and she understands the stress and emotions that go along with owning a “special needs” pet.
Sarah is our certified veterinary technician. She has been a CVT since 2011 and worked in general practice before joining our team in May 2016. She is a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT) and is certified in Low Stress Handling. She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in Behavior. Sarah is passionate about behavioral medicine because she enjoys seeing the meaningful impact it has on her patients’ daily lives. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, camping, and relaxing with her husband Matt, son Owen, and cats George and Olaf.
Pam has had a love for animals her entire life – and it shows every day at work! She has a broad background including having worked for many years as a veterinary assistant, and having managed a doggie daycare and pet hotel. Positive reinforcement training and canine behavior is her passion. She loves watching dogs and their owners learn new skills and bond through training. When Pam is not working, she enjoys making memories with her family and friends, going for walks, and reading.
Julia has been a certified veterinary technician (CVT) since 2013, working in general practice, mobile practice, and wildlife rehabilitation. She is a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT), the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is in the process of completing a trainer mentorship program under the leadership of Inga From, CPDT (owner of A Hippie Dog and Positive Gun Dogs of Minnesota). Also, she is pursuing her Professional Dog Training Certification (CPDT) and Veterinary Technician Specialty in Behavior. She is owner/friend of “Ernest Hemingway”, a beagle-pit bull mix with behavioral issues, who has taught her so much in regard to learning, understanding, and empathy. Outside of her passion for animal behavior, she enjoys exploring the ocean and observing marine life, listening to her partner's band (“The Last Revel”) play concerts, and reading novels.