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Your Guide
C.B. Chastain

Dr. C.B. Chastain is an emeritus/adjunct professor of veterinary medicine and online teaching consultant at the University of Missouri. He is a former Section Head of Small Animal Medicine, Director of Online Veterinary Programs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. For 20 years, he was editor-in-chief of the journal "Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery". Prior to entering academic veterinary medicine, he was a horseback guide in Rocky Mountain National Park; worked in mixed animal veterinary medical practices in Missouri, Illinois, and New Mexico; and a captain in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps. 

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The Mission
Better Animal Handling

The quality of animal handling has been in decline as the technological complexity of our society has increased.  The role of animals in our lives has diminished from the other demands on our time.  This has been a loss to the quality of human and animal lives.


Handling animals properly is a skill, and some animals can become injured or can injure you during handling.  The acquisition of a skill first requires knowledge, then observation, practice, performance, and maintenance.  Better Animal Handling can provide the knowledge that will enable you to pick a qualified mentor to observe their skills, supervise your practice, and monitor your initial performance of animal handling skills. 

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