Dr. JD with a patient
Dr. Juarbe-Diaz has the longest established behavior referral practice
in the state of Florida. Known as Dr. JD to owners throughout the state, she received a B.S. in biology in 1983 and her D.V.M.
degree in 1987 both from Cornell University. She was in mixed practice for about 1 1/2 years and in small animal practice
for 5 1/2 before returning to her alma mater for specialty training in veterinary behavior medicine. She finished her residency
in 1996 and received her board certification in 1997. In the fall of that year she relocated to the Sunshine State and established
a referral veterinary behavior practice that saw cases throughout Florida (currently serving only one location in Winter Haven).
She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine and an Assistant Professor
at the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine, teaching veterinary behavior medicine to students and all
interested hospital staff while also seeing patients for treatment of behavior problems.
For 2 years Dr. JD was the assistant editor of the Journal of Veterinary
Behavior; Clinical Applications and Research and continues to be a member of its editorial board, a position she has held
since the journal's creation in the fall of 2005. More recently she was postdoctoral researcher and a research consultant
for the University of Pennsylvania in a study of the genetic determinants of noise phobia in dogs and study into the cognitive
abilities of working dogs.
Because of her experience both in academia and in general practice,
she brings to her professional endeavors the best of both worlds: a drive for excellence and for staying abreast of advances
in veterinary behavior medicine along with the common sense needed to make things work in the real world.
Dr. JD has served in several committees of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is a reviewer for several
veterinary professional journals. She is a speaker at local, national and international veterinary meetings and behavior conferences
and also the author of a variety of papers and articles on behavior written for professional and lay publications.
She was a monthly guest host for a nationally syndicated live radio show for 5 years where she answered radio listeners'
questions on the air.
Even with such a busy professional life she makes the time to enjoy the finer things in life
such as chocolate, coffee, the company of friends and horseback riding. Her animal companions are all adopted rescues and
throw-aways; truly a case of someone else's "garbage" being her priceless and invaluable treasures.
He was a poor candidate for adoption due to pelvic fractures and loss of sensation on his L hind foot.
He is now Mai Tai's play mate and Porkchop's thorn.
Cuervo (aka Take Me Flying)
Not competitive as a race horse, he was obtained directly from his trainer on December 11,
2009 with the help of a thoroughbred rehoming/retiring program in upstate New York.