Crista coppola and her dog

Dr. Crista Coppola is a Ph.D. Board Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) for She specializes in the treatment of behavior problems in dogs and cats. Dr. Crista Coppola graduated with a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO, with a concentration in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. She completed her post-doc at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, focusing on clinical animal behavior and rehabilitation of shelter animals. She is now teaching classes on dog and cat behavior at the University of Arizona. Dr. Coppola has worked on high-profile cases, including evaluation of the Michael Vick Estate's seized dogs, and continues to serve as an expert witness in animal law matters. Dr. Coppola owns a dog (Guster), three cats (Tia, Jack and Olive), and a horse (Two Socks).


  • Ph.D. Animal Sciences from Colorado State Univeristy in Fort Collins, CO
  • M.S. Animal Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

Work Experience

  • Dog and Company Behavior Consulting LLC (2007 - Ongoing)
  • ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2007 - Ongoing)

Professional Certifications

  • Fear Free Certified, Fear Free LLC/AAHA (2020)
  • Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Animal Behavior Society (2007)

2021-2022 Courses

Dr Crista Coppola's courses at the University of Arizona include:

  • Dog and Cat Behavior (Fall 2021)
  • Intro to Animal Sciences (Fall 2021)
  • Topics in Applied Animal Behavior (Fall 2021)
  • Animal Behavior Workshop (Spring 2022)
  • Applied Companion Animal Behavior (Spring 2022)

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