Kelly Ballantyne

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Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and the leader of Insight Animal Behavior Services.

Dr. Ballantyne grew up on the North Shore of Chicago. Her interest in veterinary medicine began when she was a young child and she has been a life-long animal lover. In 2001 she graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2005 she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. After 4 years in general practice, she started a non-traditional residency with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) under the mentorship of Dr. John Ciribassi. Dr. Ballantyne earned her board certification through ACVB in 2015. Additionally, she worked at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years, establishing the College’s first behavior service. Dr. Ballantyne’s research interests include human-animal interactions and psychopharmacology. During her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband Robert, reading, hiking, birding, and photography. She and Rob share their home with 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Bludger and Tonks.

Dr. Ballantyne is a member of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and Chicago Ornithological Society.

Bio obtained from Insight Animal Behavior Services.