Living With and Loving a Pet With Behavioral Problems – A Conversation with Kristin Buller, LCSW & Kelly Ballantyne, DVM


Welcome everyone to another episode of the Animal Academy Podcast. The focus of this podcast has been on the many ways that animals make our lives whole and how they add many benefits to our quality of life. But, what if our beloved pet has challenges and we find ourselves faced with difficult choices and decisions regarding their care, which may also impact our own quality of life.

I’m excited to have a discussion with Kristin Buller, licensed clinical social worker with certification in Veterinary Social Work and Dr. Kelly Balantyne, a board certified veterinary behaviorist, who will discuss their research project called “Living With and Loving A Pet With Behavioral Problems: Pet Owners’ Experiences.”

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— Kristin Buller’s website:

— Website page about support for people with pets with behavior problems:

— Dr. Kelly Ballantyne’s website:

— The link to their article, which is open access and available for anyone to download directly from the journal

— University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Program:

— Institute for Human-Animal Connection at University of Denver:

— Human-Animal Bond in Colorado at Colorado State University:

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— Jessica Dulce’s course:

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— Do YOU have a pet dealing with behavioral problems?  We Want To Know!

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Allison White: Host of The Animal Academy Podcast -- St. Louis, MO USAAllison White: 

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in the field of mental health for over 27 years. She has been involved in programs that value the human-animal connection including therapy dog work, obedience, agility, conformation, herding and field work. When her dogs encountered sports-related injuries, she was introduced to the field of canine rehabilitation and sport’s medicine. Her passion has been to recognize this human-animal bond and what we can learn from animals, which improves our own quality of life by allowing us to experience their unconditional love, devotion and intelligence.

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Kristin Buller: 

Kristin Buller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Certificate in Veterinary Social Work. Her interests in veterinary social work focus on supporting owners of pets with behavior problems, pet loss, and compassion fatigue support for veterinary and animal welfare professionals.


Kelly Ballantyne, DVM Animal Academy Podcast: Living With and Loving a Pet With Behavioral ProblemsDr. Kelly Ballantyne: 

Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and the leader of Insight Animal Behavior Services in Chicago. Dr. Ballantyne’s research interests include human-animal interactions, care-giver burden, and psychopharmacology. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles on animal behavior and is a contributing author of ACVB’s book, Decoding Your Cat.