Amy Marder

Amy Marder, DVM

Dr. Amy Marder, DVM, CAAB

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Dr. Marder, veterinarian and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, through the Animal Behavior Society, is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she attended a veterinary medical and surgical internship at a private practice in Southern California and then completed the first residency in clinical veterinary behavior at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her residency Dr. Marder began to see animals that were exhibiting problem behaviors both in private practice, at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has helped owners and their pets with behavior problems for over 25 years. For part of this time, she also served as Vice President of Behavioral Medicine at the ASPCA in New York City, where she founded the Center for Behavioral Therapy. During her time at the ASPCA, Dr. Marder studied behavioral evaluations of shelter dogs with the purpose of developing an objective and predictive test which could be used in animal shelters.

More recently, Dr. Marder has acted as the Director of Behavioral Services at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and as Director of the Center for Shelter Dogs. While director of the CSD Dr. Marder oversaw the national implantation and usage of the Match-Up II Shelter Dog Rehoming Program which she developed based on her work at the ASPCA and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Dr. Marder has written two books and edited another for pet owners on general pet care. She was also the author of Prevention Magazine’s “Your Healthy Pet” column and has been a frequent contributor to veterinary textbooks and journals. Her recent article “Food-related aggression in shelter dogs: A comparison of behavior identified by a behavior evaluation in the shelter and owner reports after adoption” was published in the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science and was very well received. Dr. Marder is also an adjunct assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is a frequent lecturer at veterinary and behavior meetings and teaches students on a regular basis.

Courses Taught:

VME6812: Problem Oriented Approach to Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare

VME6813: Behavioral Health of Shelter Dogs and Cats