Research/Areas of Interest:

Compulsive behavior in cats;
Interventions designed to increase adoptability of laboratory dogs;
Compulsive behavior in dogs;
Attitudes of emergency veterinarians toward euthanasia for aggression;
Effectiveness of the Chill Protocol (oral gabapentin, oral melatonin, transmucosal acepromazine) sedation to minimize stress and facilitate handling for veterinary care;
Assess effect of low stress handling on aggression toward veterinary staffby comparing injury reports before and after introduction of SOPs and staff training;
Risk factors for adult onset fear-motivated aggression in puppies transported from Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Louisianafor adoption in Massachusetts;
Prevalence of interdog housemate aggression in veterinary ER andbehavioral recommendations and outcomes following interdog housemate aggression cases presented to veterinary ER;
Effect of deep breathing training on canine heartrateand behaviorto assess effect of deep breath training as a relaxation tool for anxious dogs.


  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts-Cummings School of VM, USA, 2007
  • Master of Theology, Harvard School of Pub Health, USA, 1985
  • Bachelor of Arts, Amherst College, USA, 1981


Dr. Borns-Weil earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. Prior to joining the Tufts Behavior Service, Dr. Borns-Weil owned a behavior house call practice in the Boston area. She has had a lifelong interest in companion animal behavior, with a special interest in aggression issues.