San Francisco Pet Behavior
A Veterinary Consulting Service
keely commins dvm
I have been a practicing veterinarian in the Bay Area for over 14 years. My interest in animal behavior started as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where I focused on primatology and had the opportunity to conduct observational behavior research on a group of Hanuman langur monkeys. I also completed a Forestry minor which provided me a great opportunity for cross-species comparison of animal behaviors. After graduation, I volunteered extensively with wildlife rehabilitation organizations in the Bay Area. Seeking more veterinary medical skills, I began working in small animal veterinary hospitals where I quickly discovered that what interested me most was fostering the bond between people and their pets.
My dedication to animal behavior grew as a veterinary student at UC Davis where I founded the Behavior Medicine Club. I took every behavior medicine elective in the curriculum and I spent summers rotating through the Behavior Service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, learning from leaders in the field.
Following my graduation from veterinary school, I developed a behavioral consultation service in a private hospital in the Napa Valley. After my years of dedication to the health and well-being of pets in both private hospitals and shelters, I remain most passionate about animal behavior.
I have seen behavior problem outcomes ranging from minor frustration to pet relinquishment and euthanasia. Through practicing general medicine, I repeatedly saw a need for more reliable services to help address pet behavior problems in our community. Eager to share my knowledge with struggling pet caretakers, I founded San Francisco Pet Behavior Consulting. My goal is to assist pet owners in managing and improving their pet's behaviors to bring peace to the household.
I was born and raised in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School. I live in San Francisco with my two young sons, a terrier/chihuahua mix named Hazel, and a cat named Froggy. I enjoy spending time in nature and various athletic pursuits. I look forward to meeting you in person and helping your pet express healthy behavior!
UPDATE October 2018: I am happy to announce a new volunteer role on the Committee for Student Outreach of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). Founded in 1976, the AVSAB unites veterinarians and research professionals who share an interest in both understanding animal behavior and treating behavior problems that affect the welfare of animals and the people who care for them.
UPDATE January 2018: I am pleased to announce my election to the Board of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association (SFVMA) as Treasurer. The goal of the SFVMA is to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine in all its branches. I look forward to serving the community of San Francisco in this new role!
UPDATE Fall 2016: I am proud to announce my selection as a Donald G. Low-CVMA Practitioner Fellow in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Behavior Service for 2016-2017. I am excited to expand my knowledge of behavior medicine through interactions with leading veterinarians in the field, talented support staff, and veterinary students.