San Francisco SPCA Behavior and Training

Behavior & Training

Mission Campus.

Here to Help

Our Veterinary Behaviorists and support team provide expert care and guidance for
any behavior query or issue you may face. Many behaviors are normal reactions to the animal’s environment, but sometimes professional help from a qualified veterinary behaviorist is essential.

Consultation Process

Physical Exam

Whenever possible*


Identification of concerns


Personalized pet plan


Behavioral support included

*without increasing the animal’s fear or anxiety.

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule a consultation please email us at
No time to chat? You can also complete the form linked below. 

Why Choose Us?

Meet Our Doctors

San Francisco SPCA Dr. Wailani Sung Headshot

Wailani Sung, DVM MS, PHD, DACVB
Director of Behavior and Welfare Programs
University of Georgia

My first cat was a stray we brought into our home. She inspired me to become a veterinarian, so I can care for all pets, whether they have a home or not. Being a veterinarian provides me with the opportunity to help people strengthen their bonds with their animals. At the SF SPCA, I’m able to positively affect more lives and make a difference for the animals who share this world with us.

San Francisco SPCA Dr. Alison Gerkin Headshot

Alison Gerken, DVM Behavior
University of California, Davis

Working with animals all day is a huge perk to my job, but what excites me most is working with people who love pets. My colleagues are the most compassionate humans in the world, and I’m deeply enriched by my interactions with so many devoted pet parents. Working in veterinary medicine is not an easy job, but the love I see for animals every day inspires me and instills me with hope.

San Francisco SPCA Dr. Ana Clara Munoz Headshot

Ana Clara Muñoz, DVM Behavior & Hospital
National Autonomous University of Mexico

My parents sparked my passion for working with animals. When my father had the chance to meet Jane Goodall, a revolutionary in the field of animal behavior, he brought back a postcard she signed for me. It read: “Ana Clara, together, we can make the world a better place.” I knew then that I wanted to study veterinary medicine and learn as much as possible about animal behavior to help pets and their people. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to do this at the SF SPCA.

Behavior Resources​

You can access helpful information and expert guidance here.


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We’ve had dogs for over 40 years and had experience with all types of trainers. Nothing has ever worked for us like the SF SPCA program.