Sophia Yin PhD, DVM, MS

Dr. Sophia Yin is the internationally known, best-selling author of The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, a text book for veterinary students, How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, one of the best resources available for the pet owning public and Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats, book and DVD which are destined to bring about revolutionary changes in the way animals are handled in veterinary hospitals and shelters. In addition, she is the developer of the MannersMinder Dog Training System.

Dr Yin is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Master’s Degree in Animal Science from UC Davis where she studied vocal communication in dogs and worked on behavior modification in horses, giraffes, ostriches, and chickens. During this time she was the award-winning pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Upon receiving her degree, with its emphasis on animal behavior, Dr. Yin served for five years as a lecturer in the UC Davis Animal Science Department. She taught courses in domestic animal behavior and supervised students in various animal training and behavioral research projects. Dr. Yin currently operates a house call practice for her behavior patients, works at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists, writes for veterinary and popular magazines, lectures internationally on animal behavior, and teaches workshops on low-stress handling techniques. For tips and to view video on behavior modification in dogs, cats, horses, chickens and giraffes, visit her website at