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Myrna Milani, BS, DVM

Myrna Milani, BS, DVM
Myrna Milani, BS, DVM

Myrna Milani earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Her interest in, and study of, the relationship between humans and animals as it affects the health and behavior of both led her to write seven books for the general public.

Dr. Milani has written veterinary text, the script for an audio tape, Understanding Your Cat's Behavior, as well as scripts for the internationally broadcast, Pet Care Minutes, sponsored by Merck Pharmaceuticals and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She also written monthly columns for Cornell University's DogWatch newsletter, and the Golden Triangle column for Veterinary Forum about owner, animal, and veterinarian interactions. Her essays appear in The Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (2004) and The Encyclopedia of the Human-Animal Bond (2007). She currently writes a column on client communication for The Canadian Veterinary Journal.

Dr. Milani's other professional activities include presenting material at professional meetings. Topics explored include feline behavior, the physiological, behavioral, and bond factors associated with companion canine aggression, the role of human and animal emotion as it relates to companion animal health and behavior, feline elimination problems, and the fundamentals of ethology for animal-care professionals. She served as keynote speaker at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's "Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine" program at Purdue University, and the Sheba Symposium on Feline Health and Behavior in Vienna, Austria She was also a plenary speaker for the International Society of Anthrozoology. She was awarded the Lilly Lectureship in 2009 for the advancement of veterinary and public understanding of the human-companion animal bond. She has taught Animal Behavior, Wildlife Ecology and Bioethics on the college level, and courses in companion animal behavior and the bond for the general public.

She serves as a consultant to non-profit and for-profit organizations regarding animal-related issues, in addition to doing private behavior/bond client consultations. She has discussed canine and feline care and behavioral problems with thousands of owners and professionals, at shows and events, including those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, and New York City. She has been interviewed regarding various aspects of the human-animal bond on numerous television shows including: Today, Regis and Kathy Lee, Good Morning New York, and the NBC Nightly News. Her television credits include a show on feline behavior for ESPN. The author has contributed to newspaper articles published in the Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and by the API and Reuters news services. Dr. Milani has written for Parenting, New Woman, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, DogWorld, The Whole Dog Journal, Prevention, and other magazines. Her radio work runs the gamut from three-hour listener call-in marathons in San Francisco and Indianapolis, to in-depth discussions of specific behavior or bond-related topics. In keeping with the times, her work has expanded to include on-line interviews, blogging, and podcasting. Her blog and podcasts have been named one of the top 50 written by veterinarians and one of the top 100 for pet owners by the staff of Veterinary Technician Schools Online.

The author has spoken to a wide variety of public and professional organizations on different aspects of animal behavior and/or the human-animal relationship. She enjoys a close working relationship with veterinarians nationwide who call her regarding behavioral/ bond problems and who refer clients to her. The eclectic nature of her studies of the human-animal bond have led her to develop a network of trainers, breeders, psychologists, sociologists, ecologists, ethologists, shelter personnel, wildlife experts, law enforcement officials, and other professionals with whom she routinely shares personal observations and material. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Society of Anthrozoology, the International Society of Applied Ethology, The Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement, and past president and current member of the New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Milani is the founder and owner of TippingPoint, Inc., an organization devoted to the advancement of our understanding of the interaction between animal health, behavior, and the human-animal relationship. She lives in Charlestown, New Hampshire.



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