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Dr. BDr. Crista Coppola, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB)

Dr. Coppola is a PhD Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB), one of only 43 in the United States.  She specializes in the treatment of behavior problems in dogs, cats and horses.

 Dr. Coppola obtained her PhD from Colorado State University under the guidance of internationally renowned Temple Grandin PhD.  Dr. Coppola received her MS in Animal Sciences from the University of Arizona and her BS in Zoology from North Carolina State University. After receiving her PhD she completed a 2 year fellowship at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York City and following her fellowship she was asked to continue her work at the ASPCA as their Lifeline Behaviorist. 

After the ASPCA, Dr. Coppola started her own private practice, Dog and Company – Behavior Consulting ( ).  She currently sees private clients in the Las Vegas Valley and Southern Arizona.  She is also a behavior consultant to animal control facilities and shelters across the United States and is the Chair of the Board for Professional Certification for Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists.  Dr. Coppola has been involved in many high profile cases, including evaluation of the seized dogs from the Michael Vick Estate and continues to serve as an expert witness in animal litigation cases.  Dr. Coppola is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Veterinary School and a visiting guest professor at the University of Arizona.  She has been an invited speaker and instructor for private universities, private businesses and non-profit organizations.  

Dr. Coppola has a keen interest in preventing behavior problems through proper socialization and helping parents maintain healthy interactions between children and animals.  The latter having become especially relevant after her son was born in 2008.

 Dr. Coppola shares her home with two dogs (Casey and Bella), two cats (Tia and Chloe) and two horses (Charlie and Two Socks). Her newest addition, Bella (9 month old pug) is the epitome of puppy and provides daily opportunities for perfecting behavior modification.


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