Doctor Bios

Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB

Director of Behavior and Welfare Programs

As one of 89 board-certified veterinary behaviorists in the United States, Dr. Wailani Sung has a passion for helping owners prevent or effectively manage behavior problems in companion animals, enabling them to maintain a high quality of life. Dr. Sung obtained her master’s degree and Doctorate in Psychology, with a special interest in animal behavior from The University of Georgia. Upon completion of these graduate programs, she obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing general medicine, emergency, exotics and behavioral medicine in Arizona, Dr. Sung relocated to the Seattle metropolitan area and opened her own behavior clinic. She is currently in the process of relocating fulltime to San Francisco Ca. to work at the SF SPCA Behavior Specialty Service and will help you with your behaviorally challenged dog, cat or bird. She does not consider any patient or problem hopeless, and her treatment protocols are based on scientific information about animal behavior, psychopharmacology, and learning theory.

Dr. Sung frequently lectures on managing common behavioral issues and consults with veterinary practices to design programs and train staff in best practices for making vet visits less stressful and developing treatment protocols for patients with behavioral issues. Many of Dr. Sung’s behavioral articles are published on the website, Vetstreet. Dr. Sung is also a frequent contributor to the Healthy Pet magazine and PetMd. She is a co-author of the soon to be released book, “From Fearful to Fear Free”, in which she collaborated with America’s veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, veterinary colleague Dr. Lisa Radosta, and renown trainer, Mikkel Becker.

An equestrian enthusiast, Dr. Sung spends her free time riding horses or relaxing at home with her husband and their two dogs, a senior cat, a red-bellied parrot and a citron-crested cockatoo.

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