She is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and an international lecturer and author. As the only board-certified veterinary behaviorist in Colorado, Dr. C and her team are sought out for a variety of behavioral challenges. Animal behavior captivated her interests in high school where began training animals for pet therapy at a local substance abuse facility. Her interests led her to get her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2002. While in veterinary school she researched separation anxiety in shelter dogs, was an assistant trainer at an animal shelter, and studied under several board-certified veterinary behaviorists. Dr. C began a rotating small animal internship at several veterinary clinics, include a feline-only practice in Arlington, VA. She entered the Behavior Residency Program at Cornell University in 2004. During her residency she researched the behavior of dogs, cats, and horses and treated behavioral problems in a number of different species. Her most cited research evaluates the efficacy of canine temperament tests in the shelter system. Dr. Christensen is a contributing author to articles in Dog Watch, Cat Watch, Cat Fancy, Dog Training Solutions, Real Simple, Newsday, and various other print media. Her contributions to understanding pet behavior include:
- Anxiety, phobias and stress
- Urinating and defecating in improper places
She has been a contributor and guest on Foxnews.com’s “Pet Health” and “Studio B with Shepard Smith”, ABC News’ “Nightline,” and many other radio programs, television programs, and newscasts. She enjoys lecturing internationally on an array of behavior topics including, but not limited to, small animal behavior, public health and animal sheltering topics. Dr. C is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) Speaker’s Bureau, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and The Association For Force-Free Pet Industry Professionals.