Animal Behavior

Behavior symptoms requiring veterinary care:

  • Aggression toward humans or other animals
  • House soiling
  • Destructive behavior
  • Anxiety and fear
  • Geriatric pets who house-soil, become dull/consumed/agitated, interact less, and sleep more
  • Pacing, circling, sky gazing, chasing shadows, and eating non-food items including stool
  • Licking, chewing, and self-inflicting wounds
  • Unruly behaviors: mouthing, nipping, jumping up, escaping, and excessive barking/yowling/crying
  • Noise phobias: fireworks, thunderstorms, and hot air balloons

Behavior consultation services include:

  • Pre-consultation review of a detailed per owner questionnaire
  • Two hour in-depth consultation and thorough evaluation of the pet
  • Full explanation of the behavioral diagnosis
  • Custom-tailored behavior modification plan
  • Medications prescribed as needed
  • Detailed written instructions
  • Full written report to the referring veterinarian
  • Follow-up consultations for pet and owner as needed


Jeff Nichol, DVM


Professional Interests

Dr. Jeff Nichol is residency trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of destructive, dangerous, and frustrating behavior problems of well-loved cats and dogs. He is skilled at tailoring solutions that work for individual pets and for their people.  Kindness is essential to his work.

A pet’s medical issues often influence their behavior problems. Dr. Nichol carefully evaluates every dog and cat he sees for physical as well as behavioral concerns. He enjoys helping pet parents who are committed to improving the behavior challenges of their dogs and cats.



Dr. Nichol did his undergraduate studies and attended veterinary school at Michigan State University. He has cared for the physical and behavior needs of pets throughout his career. In 2015 he completed his residency in behavior medicine through the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. No other veterinarian in New Mexico has Dr. Nichol’s post graduate education.


Off Duty

Jeff Nichol, DVM  loves spending time with his family and pets. A fine Border collie named Miss America and cats Tony and Whitey make life extra fun and entertaining at the Nichol home.

Jeff is a bicyclist, gym rat, back packer, and skier. Scuba diving is a special passion.


Referring behavior cases to Dr. Nichol:

Referring veterinarians can easily download a one-page referral form on Dr. Nichol’s website ( by clicking on “Consultations” at the top of the home page.

Referrals are acknowledged by US Post.

Dr. Nichol calls referring doctors to discuss his evaluations and then mails a full report following each client/pet consultation.


To refer a patient for animal behavior services or to learn more about veterinary pet behavior, please visit