Ariel Fagen, DVM received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. While there, she founded and was president of the Tufts University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. She also studied with Dr. Nicholas Dodman, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and anesthesiologist, and with the Behavior Service at UC Davis. After veterinary school, Dr. Fagen was accepted into the prestigious internship program at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital where she received in-depth, post-graduate training in emergency medicine, general practice, oncology, neurology, internal medicine and surgery. She is currently completing her American College of Veterinary Behavior residency to become board-certified. In 2011, she traveled to Nepal where she developed and implemented training protocols for teaching elephants to participate in their own medical care. She received the 2011 Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Best Field Research Award and the 2012 American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Student Excellence Award in Applied Animal Behavior Research. Her other research focused on the use of an anti-anxiety medication in patients undergoing orthopedic procedures and assessing the effect of music on stress levels in shelter dogs at the Denver Dumb Friends League. Dr. Fagen is a passionate and accomplished presenter. Some of her favorite topics are feline house soiling and reading dog body language. Like Dr. C, she happily accepts media and speaking opportunities that support the human animal bond and scientific knowledge of animal behavior. Dr. Fagen is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.