What is the PennVet Behavior App?


Developed in partnership with Connect For Education, Inc. and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Center for the Interaction of Animals and Society (CIAS), the PennVet Behavior App is a consultation and education service available to pet owners and veterinarians nationally and internationally. Through use of this web app and taking the C-BARQ (Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire), pet owners receive an in-depth analysis and helpful educational resources to further understand the behavior of their pet(s).

Veterinary general practitioners can use this service to obtain clinical consultations with the UPenn Behaviorists about their patients’ behavior problems. Vets can do this by inviting their clients to sign up in this app.

For more information about the process, please take a look at the instructions for pet owners and Veterinarians:
Pet Owners

If you have any questions, please contact us at pennvet_support@connect4education.com.

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What is the C-BARQ?

The C-BARQ (or Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire) provides dog owners and professionals with standardized evaluations of canine temperament and behavior. It was developed by PennVet researchers and is currently the only behavioral assessment instrument of its kind extensively tested for reliability and validity on large samples of dogs of many breeds. The C-BARQ consists of 100 questions describing the different ways in which dogs typically respond to common events and situations in their environment. The C-BARQ is simple to use and can be completed by anyone who is reasonably familiar with a dog's typical, day-to-day behavior. On average, it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

The C-BARQ is widely used to evaluate dogs for the presence and severity of behavioral problems. For ease of interpretation, each dog’s C-BARQ scores on this app are color-coded (green, yellow, orange or red) to indicate how far they diverge from the dog population average. Scores in the orange-red range are typically concerning.

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James Serpell

James Serpell

James Serpell holds the Marie A. Moore endowed Chair of Animal Ethics & Welfare at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from University College London in 1974, and his PhD in Animal Behavior from the University of Liverpool (UK) in 1980. At Penn Vet he teaches veterinary ethics, applied animal behavior and welfare, and human-animal interactions. His research focuses on the behavior and welfare of dogs and cats, the development of human attitudes to animals, and the history and impact of human-animal relationships, and he has published more than 150 articles and book chapters on these and related topics. Dr. Serpell is the creator of the Canine Behavioral Assessment and Research Questionnaire (C-BARQ), and is also the author, editor or co-editor of several books including Animals & Human Society: Changing Perspectives (1994), In the Company of Animals (1996), Companion Animals & Us (2000), and The Domestic Dog (2016).

Carlo Siracusa

Carlo Siracusa

Born in Italy, Carlo Siracusa got his DVM from the University of Messina, Italy, and his PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, defending a thesis on perioperative stress in dogs and the effect of pheromonotherapy. He completed his residency in Animal Behavior at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently the Director of the Animal Behavior Service and Chief of the Primary Care Education section. Carlo is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavior Medicine. His research interests are focused on stress evaluation in dogs, pheromonotherapy, canine temperament testing, and prognostic factors and treatment outcome of behavior problems.

Connect For Education

Connect For Education (C4E) is a full service web-based course publisher and was incorporated in 2001 with the goal of becoming the most effective Constant Learning Companion for teachers and students. This ambition was driven by a passion for education and the conviction that the smart application of technology profoundly impacts how people teach and learn.

We stand by four guiding principles:

1. Creating products that integrate powerful technology and great content

2. Building an intuitive, effortless interface & toolset that fit existing teaching/learning workflows

3. Offering exceptional service for students and instructors from day one

4. Building a college teaching and learning community

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