"I became a veterinarian to help animals. My work at shelters made me realize the animals that need the most help are often those with behavior issues. To me, behavioral health is as important as physical health."
Dr. Michelle Posage
Dr. Michelle Posage holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University (1998), as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology with concentrations in neurobiology and animal behavior, also from MSU (1994).
Dr. Posage’s interest in pet behavior started when she was an adoption counselor for an animal shelter during her years at Michigan State. After vet school, she practiced as a small animal primary care veterinarian in Nashua, NH before limiting her practice to applied animal behavior. Veterinarians and dog trainers have trusted their patients and clients with Dr. Posage for over 13 years.
Dr. Posage loves to share her passion for animals with others and has been teaching undergraduate courses in animal behavior and science at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH for the past 5 years. Working with students in hands-on activities keeps her involved in the community working with animal shelters, trainers, and pet owners.
Publications for Pet Owners
- Can Dogs Learn by Copying Us? Dog Fancy Feb 2012
- Monthly pet behavior column in Nashua Telegraph 2004-2011
- Pet behavior articles on Petplace.com
- Treatment of Emotional Distress and Disorders--Pharmacologic Methods in Mental Health and Well-being in Animals by Franklin D. McMillan. 2005
- Behavioral Pharmacotherapy in the Animal Shelter in Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff by Lila Miller, Stephen Zawistowski. 2004
- Schedule time to address client's behavior concerns. Veterinary Medicine. 2004; 99: 116
- Determining factors for successful adoption of dogs from an animal shelter. Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association. 1998; 213: 478-482