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Melissa Bain- DVM, MS
Professor
Medicine & Epidemiology

2105 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616


   

Research Focus

Evaluating the effectiveness of prevention and treatment of problem behaviors, primarily in primarily companion animals, and the effects on the human-animal bond and humane care of animals.

Specialty Focus

Veterinary Behavior

Veterinary Welfare

Education

1990 Animal Science, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
1994 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, IL
2007 MS Advanced Clinical Research, University of California School of Medicine, Davis, CA
2007 Teaching Scholars Program, University of California Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Sacramento, CA

Honors and Awards

2016 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, from the American Veterinary Medical Association
2013 VMTH P.I.E. (Positively Impacting another Employee)
2008 Cello Distinguished Lecturer at the UC Davis SVM Fall Symposium in 2008

Licenses

California Veterinary Medical Board
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Diplomate, American College of Animal Welfare
Fear Free(sm) certified
Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine
Certificate from the QPR Institute, Suicide Prevention Training

Active Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Joint human-canine risk factors for dog bites to family members in the home: A case-crossover approach, Messam LLM (Principal Investigator), UCD School of Veterinary Medicine OIP Early Career Research Application

Co-Principal Investigator, Effects of trazodone on behavioral and physiolocal signs of stress in dogs visiting a veterinary clinic, Sun A. Kim (Principal Investigator), Fear Free

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Melissa Bain: The Paradox of Canine Conspecific Coprophagy 2018 Hart BL, Hart LA, Thigpen AP, Tran A, Bain MJ The Paradox of Canine Conspecific Coprophagy Veterinary Medicine and Science,
  • Melissa Bain: Effects of a single preappointment dose of gabapentin on signs of stress in cats during transportation and veterinary examination 2017 van Haaften KA, Eichstadt Forsythe LR, Stelow EA, Bain MJ Effects of a single preappointment dose of gabapentin on signs of stress in cats during transportation and veterinary examination J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: Effect of a synthetic feline facial pheromone on stress scores and upper respiratory tract infection rate in shelter cats 2017 Chadwin R, Bain MJ, Kass PH Effect of a synthetic feline facial pheromone on stress scores and upper respiratory tract infection rate in shelter cats J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: The effect of different types of classical music at a veterinary hospital on the behavior of pets and owner satisfaction 2016 Engler WJ, Bain MJ The effect of different types of classical music at a veterinary hospital on the behavior of pets and owner satisfaction J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: Owner observations regarding cat scratching behavior: An Internet-based survey 2016 Wilson C, Bain MJ, DePorter T, Beck A, Grassie V, Landsberg G Owner observations regarding cat scratching behavior: An Internet-based survey J Feline Med Surg,
  • Melissa Bain: The relationship between coat color and behaviors In the domestic cat 2016 Stelow L, Bain MJ, Kass P The relationship between coat color and behaviors In the domestic cat J Appl Anim Welf Sci,
  • Melissa Bain: Animal behavior case of the month: Light and shadow chasing in a Border Collie with dysautonomia 2015 Bain MJ, Good K Animal behavior case of the month: Light and shadow chasing in a Border Collie with dysautonomia J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Melissa Bain: POST Law Enforcement K-9 Guidelines - State of California (peer-reviewed document) 2014 Aldred W, Anderson G, Aulis G, Azevedo J, Bain MJ, Blum S, Brewer S, Cloward R, Fara T, Frawley M, Gustafson B, Inglis D, Ingreso R, Keetle D, Kelliher A, Kinney R, Kraft D, Kunkle J, Lopez L, Miller J, Mitchell D, Phipps P, Poindexter M, Praet B, RackleyR, Rios R, Savage J, Scofield S, Upham B, Seaman D, Slominski B, Sumner S, Tawney G, Ward D, Wolosewicz E, Zwickey J POST Law Enforcement K-9 Guidelines - State of California (peer-reviewed document) ,
  • Melissa Bain: Behavioral and physiological responses of weaned foals treated with equine appeasing pheromone: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial 2013 Berger JM, Spier SJ, Davie R, Gardner IA, Leutenegger CM, Bain MJ Behavioral and physiological responses of weaned foals treated with equine appeasing pheromone: A double-blinded, placebo-controlled, randomized trial J Vet Behav,
  • Melissa Bain: Animal behavior case of the month. Noise phobia, cognitive dysfunction, separation anxiety, attention-seeking behavior, and medical causes 2013 Stepita ME, Bain MJ Animal behavior case of the month. Noise phobia, cognitive dysfunction, separation anxiety, attention-seeking behavior, and medical causes J Am Vet Med Assoc,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2019 Bain MJ: Overview of Animal Training: A Welfare Perspective, Choe J, (ed), Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, Second Edition. .

2018 Bain MJ: Chapter 37: Licking. excessive, Horwitz D, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd edition, Hoboken, NJ. .

2018 Bain MJ: Chapter 36: Fly snapping, Horwitz D, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd edition, Hoboken, NJ. .

2018 Bain MJ: Chapter 35: Flank sucking, Horwitz D, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd edition, Hoboken, NJ. .

2018 Bain MJ: Chapter 34: Compulsive/repetitive disorders: Canine and feline overview, Horwitz D, (ed), Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior, 2nd edition, Hoboken, NJ. .