Doctor Bios

Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB

Director of Behavior and Welfare Programs

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, then board certification in veterinary behavioral medicine.

Dr. Sung does not consider any patient or problem hopeless, and her treatment protocols are based on scientific information about animal behavior, psychopharmacology, and learning theory. In addition to providing behavioral consultations for privately owned pets, she also oversees the management and treatment of the behavioral needs of our shelter animals.

Dr. Sung’s Work in the Community

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. Dr. Sung also provides consultations to shelter and rescue organizations.

Dr. Sung is a co-author of the 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. Dr. Sung also co-authored a chapter in “Decoding your Cat” and has written chapters in a number of veterinary textbooks. You can also read her contributions in the magazines, Healthy Pet and Happy Paws, and the websites, PetCoach and PetMD. Dr. Sung is also an advisory member of Fear Free Pets and is a Fear Free certified speaker. She was interviewed on the documentary, Cat Tales by NOVA and on the Netflix documentary, Inside the Mind of a Cat.

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