Individual Consultations

Call to schedule an individual consultation - (505) 792-5131

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Dogs and cats deserve a peaceful quality of life, just like everybody else in your home. In order to help I’ll need a thorough understanding of your pet’s history so we can identify underlying behavioral causes and apply current, science-based treatments. Other medical factors, sometimes obscure, are involved in many cases.  My careful physical exam, along with a complete lab profile, will assure that nothing is overlooked.

Our initial consultation will last 2 hours.  I’ll share specific recommendations to improve your pet’s behavior problems. I will email those detailed instructions to you within a few days.

The fee for the initial two-hour consultation will be $800.00 including tax. If a one hour follow up consultation is recommended the fee will be $400.00 including tax.  Do not include your credit card information on the questionnaire (email is not a secure form of communication).

I’ll do whatever I can to help your pet’s behavior improve. Following our initial consultation you will have email access to me for answers to your questions.

All the best,

Jeff Nichol, DVM, IAABC
Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center
4000 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109


Individual behavior consultations:

I see pets and their people for behavior consultations at Thrive Pet HealthCare Specialists, located at 4000 Montgomery Blvd NE in Albuquerque at the corner of Montgomery and Morningside. The facility is on the south side of Montgomery, about 3 blocks east of Carlisle.

When you arrive, I’ll come outside to the parking lot and invite you and your pet inside for your consultation.  The Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center requires masks for everyone inside the building.

A blood panel and possibly a urinalysis will help me recognize physical causes that may be contributing to the behavior problem; however, this is not a requirement. For accurate results withhold food for at least 12 hours but provide your pet’s normal access to water prior to your appointment. Fasting won’t be necessary if lab work is current.   If a lab profile has been done in the preceding 3-6 months you can ask your regular veterinarian to fax (505-792-2121) or email it () to my office.

When I see your pet for the exam I’ll explain the cost of the recommended lab profile. With your approval we can charge it to your credit card. You are welcome to pay by check or cash if you prefer.

You can help me make a more specific behavioral diagnosis by shooting a brief (less than one-minute) video of your pet’s behavior. Simply showing typical interactions around your home can make a big difference. You can email the video to  or just bring it to the consultation on your smart phone.

I’ll do whatever it takes.

Jeff Nichol, DVM, IAABC

Residency trained by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
Veterinary Behavior Medicine
Albuquerque and Santa Fe

(505) 792-5131


Questionnaire and
referral forms

Download as Word docs

Dog behavior questionnaire

Cat behavior questionnaire

Senior pet behavior questionnaire

Doctor referral form