Lisa Radosta is a board certified veterinary behaviorist. Haven’t ever heard of one? You’re in good company, because many people don’t know they exist...
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Dr. Radosta grew up with Labrador Retrievers and mixed breed cats. She always knew what she wanted to be when she grew up, but she took the scenic route to veterinary school, getting a bachelor's degree in Aviation Business first, and doing some post baccalaureate work in the field of biology. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, she worked as a primary care veterinarian for 2 ½ years. She then decided to follow her dream to become a board certified veterinary behaviorist, completing a 3-year residency in behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 and passing the board examination later that year. While serving her residency, Dr. Radosta took time in 2005 to go to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to volunteer in the efforts to help animals stranded by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Dr. Radosta was awarded the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Resident Research Award two years in a row during her residency at UPenn. Dr. Radosta has owned her own practice, Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, in southeastern Florida since 2007.
Behavioral medicine is Dr. Radosta's passion and she can't imagine practicing any other type of veterinary medicine. Each day, she goes to work to spread the good word that behavior problems are preventable and treatable. She jumped at the chance to write about puppies because she sincerely believes that many problems can be prevented if we just start young — before puppies have a chance to develop negative habits.
Dr. Radosta's goal with Purely Puppy will be to look at puppyhood with a behavioral twist. In her blogs, she will open discussions to everything puppy, including how to choose and raise your perfect puppy, and how to keep him or her healthy.
In her personal life, Dr. Radosta has participated in tracking, obedience, herding, and therapy dog work with her personal dogs — always Rottweilers. She currently lives with her husband, four-year-old daughter, and two mixed-breed cats — but that will soon change, since Dr. Radosta and her family are looking to add more members to the family. Look for this bio to be updated soon with some more four-legged friends!
Dr. Radosta lectures nationally and internationally for veterinarians, their staff, and for lay people. She has written various book chapters for textbooks, a weekly Palm Beach Post newspaper column, and many articles for scientific and lay publications. She is interviewed on a regular basis by publications, some of which have included Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Palm Beach Post, NAVC Clinician’s Brief, Sun Sentinel, WebMD and AAHA News Stat. She has also appeared on Lifetime television, Laurie Live, News Channel 25 (West Palm Beach, WPBF), Mitch Wilder's Amazing Pet Discoveries, News Channel 10 (Miami, ABC), and Steve Dale's Pet Talk.
If you are itching to know lots more about Dr. Radosta, you can visit her website, Florida Veterinary Behavior Service.