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About Our Veterinary Review Team

Here at Pet Living, it’s important to us that the information we publish is accurate and sound. Our articles are thoroughly researched and any information that affects your pet’s health is fact-checked by one of our veterinary reviewers.

You can read more about our veterinary reviewer, Dr. Valarie Tynes, DVM below, or visit our main About page to learn about the other members of our editorial and review team.

Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, DACAW

Dr. Tynes owns Premier Veterinary Behavior Consulting in Sweetwater, Texas. She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.

After several years in private practice, Valarie completed a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2003. Her special interests include miniature pigs and other exotic pets as well as animal behavior.

Dr. Tynes is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a frequent speaker at professional meetings around the world.

She has authored numerous articles and chapters on a variety of behavior-related topics and she is the editor of Behavior of Exotic Pets. Dr. Tynes is also the author of Miniature Pig Pet Care, part of A Quick Reference Guide to Unique Pet Species, on the Veterinary Information Network.

Follow her here:


  • Veterinary Behaviorist at SPCA of Texas
  • Veterinary Services Specialist, CEVA


  • Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctorate
  • University of California at Davis, Residency in clinical animal behavior


  • Animal behavior
  • Miniature pigs and other exotic pets


  • Fort Worth, TX

Articles Reviewed by Dr. Tynes

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