Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist
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Educations & Trainings

I graduated from the University of Florida with my DVM and did a residency in behavioral medicine at University of Pennsylvania. 

Activity & Honors

American Veterinary College of Behaviorists, R.K. Anderson Resident Research Award (2006)

American Veterinary College of Behaviorists, R.K. Anderson Resident Research Award (2005)

Professional Memberships

American Veterinary Medical Assocation (AVMA)

Florida Veterinary Medical Assocation (FVMA)

Palm Beach Veterinary Society (PBVS)


Preliminary assessment of differences in completeness of house-training between dogs based on size. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 2020.

Section Editor, Small Animal Advances in Medicine and Surgery 2016-present

From Fearful to Fear Free, 2018

Five Minute Veterinary Consult, Fears Phobias and Anxieties, Behavior Modification, 2018

Clinician’s Brief: Separation Anxiety, Canine Enrichment, Feline Enrichment, Coprophagia, Storm Phobia, Fear Related Aggression, Zoobiquity, 2013-2017

Canine Aggression. Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat. Ed, Landsberg, Hunthausen, Ackerman, 2016.

Dr. Lisa Radosta

Dr. Radosta is a board certified veterinary behaviorist and owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service since 2006. 

She is a well known national and international speaker. She has written for the Handbook of Behavior Problems of the Dog and Cat; Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult, Canine and Feline and Small Animal Pediatrics, and Decoding Your Cat. She is the coauthor of From Fearful to Fear Free.

She has published scientific research articles on the incidence of thyroid disease in aggressive dogs, housetraining in small dogs, cat welfare and client communication. She has written review articles for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Compendium, NAVC, Clinician’s Brief, VetStream and AAHA Newstat. She is the Behavior section editor for Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. She served on the Fear Free Executive Council and the AAHA Behavior Management Task Force. 

She has been interviewed for many publications including Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, Palm Beach Post, NAVC Clinician’s Brief, Sun Sentinel, WebMD, AAHA trends, Real Simple,, and AAHA News Stat. She has appeared on Lifetime television, Laurie Live, News Channel 25 (West Palm Beach, WPBF), Mitch Wilder's Amazing Pet Discoveries, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, News Channel 10 (Miami, ABC), and Steve Dale's Pet Talk.  She podcasts and teaches webinars for VetGirl and Dog Nerds.

Recent Articles

Cats Should Not Die for Peeing on the Bed
That’s right, cats are brought to veterinarian's offices and shelters everywhere to be euthanized, or relinquished and consequently euthanized, because they urinate outside of the litter box. This has got to stop. This is most often a treatable problem with a positive outcome. Let's get some things straight up front. Cats don't urinate on the bed because they hate you or because...
'Fixing' Your Dog: It’s a Dog, Not a Dent
"Nope," I say. "He is a dog, not a broken stereo. He can get better, a lot better, but he will always have the predisposition toward this behavior." Samson's owner asked the question that I hear each day, every day. She wants to know if her dog is "fixable." Dogs are living, breathing beings with their own minds. They make their own decisions. They are not dents in a car that can just be...
No, It is Not Your Fault
No, It is Not Your Fault
This week, I saw a post on Facebook that bugged me. The person posted, "Train the owner, not the dog." This is a commonly used phrase in dog training circles. While I agree that this can be the case with dogs who are unruly — that the owner is a lot of the problem — it most often is NOT the case with puppies and dogs who have serious behavior problems. In my experience, where serious behavior...
Preventing Worms by 'Leaving It'
Preventing Worms by 'Leaving It'
What has six razor sharp teeth and sucks your pup’s blood? No, it is not a Halloween nightmare! It is a hookworm. Hookworms and whipworms are similar to roundworms in their transmission, availability of treatments, and susceptibility to the agents in many heartworm preventives. Like roundworms, hookworm and whipworm eggs are passed in the feces of an infected pup. Once the larvae develop in the...
You Get More Flies, and Dogs, with Honey
“You can’t run these trails!” yelled an older man as I ran by him on Sunday morning. I was running the same trail that I run every Sunday morning. On this particular Sunday morning, a small bike race was taking place on the trail. Surprised by the man’s outburst, I stopped running and went over to talk to him. With an angry, loud voice he stated that he had rented the trails. I explained...
When Should You Return Your Puppy to the Breeder?
Peyton is a six month old, blond Cocker Spaniel who came to see me for growling at the children in his family. He had snapped at them, but so far had not bitten. In the exam room, he was exuberant and friendly with adults, but I could tell that the children made him uncomfortable because when they reached for him he moved away and he never solicited their attention. That along with the owner’s...