Wayne Hunthausen is a veterinarian and pet behavior consultant who has been working with pet owners and veterinarians throughout North America to solve companion animal behavior problems since 1982. He received his Bachelor of Arts (zoology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1979) degrees from the University of Missouri. Dr. Hunthausen is director of Animal Behavior Consultations in the Kansas City area, which provides behavior consultations and training services for pet owners, as well as a behavior support service for veterinarians.
He currently serves on the Practitioner Board for Veterinary Medicine and the Behavior Advisory Board for Veterinary Forum. In 1996, he was a founder of the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior and serves on its organization committee. He has served as the president and executive board member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
Dr. Hunthausen is an internationally renown lecturer on the topic of pet behavior. He frequently writes for a variety of veterinary and pet publications and is co-author of the books, The Practitioner’s Guide to Pet Behavior Problems and Handbook of Behaviour Problems of the Dog and Cat; co-editor of the books, Dog Behavior and Training: Veterinary advice for owners and Cat Behavior and Training: Veterinary advice for owners and helped develop and appeared in the award winning child safety video, Dogs, Cats & Kids: Learning to be safe with animals. In 2002, Dr. Hunthausen received the American Animal Hospital Association's PetCare Award. This Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to small animal behavior medicine.
In his spare time, he is an avid photographer and enjoys snooker, billiards, cycling, movies and traveling with his wife, Jan, as well as hiking with his dog, Parker.