Delaware Valley Veterinary Behavior

Servicing Eastern Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

Jacqueline Wilhelmy, MS, VMD, DACVB

 

Dr. Wilhelmy completed her undergraduate work in biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on finish a master’s degree in chemistry.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and remained to pursue an internship and then a residency in veterinary behavioral medicine.  She has treated feline and canine patients presented for separation anxiety, compulsive behavior, inappropriate elimination, affective aggression, environmental phobia, predatory behavior, thunderstorm and noise fear, and generalized anxiety disorder.  Dr. Wilhelmy has also spent time with the New Bolton Center's Section of Reproduction & Behavior, as well as the MJR-VHUP’s Exotics Service, learning about the behavior of other domestic and wild species.  She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

 

In her spare time, Dr. Wilhelmy enjoys learning about real world applications of behavior modification (and there is always more to learn!).  She has taught agility and basic manners at a local dog training club, Y2K9s.  Although she has dabbled in herding and continues to enjoy recreational canicross, her true passion is dog agility.  She is owned by two Border Collies, Mer and Yami, who amusingly have more letters after their names than she does.

SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT

...and what to expect.

 

At DVVB, our objective is to develop a working relationship with you and your pet that supports you in achieving your personal goals.  Those goals may range from turning your dog or cat into a better member of society, to developing the bond with your canine or feline pal, to competing in dog sports. 

 

This relationship begins with an initial consultation, when we get to know you and your pet, and establish your personal goals.  Your pet's behavior history will be collected, and a physical exam performed if possible.  You will at minimum be provided with diagnoses and a prognosis for your pet, and safety rules will be established.  This first session can conclude with an assessment only, or can include a plan for behavior modification and (if indicated) pharmacotherapy. 

 

Shorter, follow-up sessions will fine-tune the treatment plan, address new or additional issues, or prepare for changes in schedule or environment.  A recheck appointment is generally recommended at 4 weeks following the initial consult.  Some patients require additional in-person follow-up; for others, their primary care veterinarian can resume their treatment at that time.  Remote follow-up (via phone or Skype) may be arranged on a case-by-case basis, for patients who become highly stressed or frightened by the veterinary setting.

 

INITIAL CONSULTATION FEE:  $365.  Please allot 2 hours per consultation; consultations range from 1.5-2 hours.  

 

RECHECK FEE (REMOTE or IN-CLINIC):  $140.  Please allot 1 hour per consultation; consultations range from 0.5-1 hours.  

HOUSE CALL FEE:  $65.  House calls are available within 30 minutes of the hospitals, during the first appointment slot on each clinic day.  Initial in-clinic consults are required for dogs or cats with any history of prolonged vocalization, snapping, lunging, or biting directed towards a visitor.  House calls can be particularly appropriate for pets with a history of inappropriate elimination, aggression towards other pets, or distress in the owner's absence.

To schedule an appointment, please follow the "BOOK AN APPOINTMENT" link at the top of the page.  Feel free to contact us via phone (724-953-3801) or email (delvalvetbehavior@gmail.com).

PLEASE NOTE the above fees may not reflect current pricing at each hospital, but are listed for your convenience.  For current pricing, please inquire at time of scheduling.

Cancellation Policy:  If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact the hospital at which you have scheduled your pet's appointment as soon as possible.  A 75 dollar deposit will be taken for all initial consults, and cannot be refunded for appointments cancelled or rescheduled less than 24 hours in advance.