Dr. Leah Nettle earned her PhD. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton University focusing on animal behavior, ecology and evolution. She studied the vocal communication of American Crows deciphering the contexts and functions of two crow calls.
Prior to Binghamton University, Dr. Nettle worked in a companion animal veterinary clinic as a veterinary assistant. From 2014 until 2018, she worked with and learned from Dr. Amy Marder, CAAB, a leading expert in the fields of animal shelter and companion animal behavior, attending to a variety of cat and dog behavior problems at appointments in the clients’ homes and in an office setting. She has also taught college-level classes on animal behavior, evolution and introductory biology.
Dr. Nettle currently co-teaches an online course on shelter animal behavior for the University of Florida with Dr. Marder. She also sees appointments and teaches classes for dogs and cats with behavior problems in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Nettle is a certified AKC CGC and Trick Dog evaluator and she is currently enrolled in the Family Paws Foundation Course to become a licensed Family Paws Parent Educator (https://www.familypaws.com/dog-education-for-families-with-dogs/). She is ultimately working towards becoming a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society (http://www.animalbehaviorsociety.org/web/applied-behavior-caab.php).
Dr. Nettle is excited to utilize her years of education and experience in animal behavior and to continue working with the dogs and cats (and humans) of Western New York!
In her free time, Dr. Nettle loves yoga, gardening, hiking and spending time with her husband, son, dog and two cats.