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R.K. Anderson, DVM, DACVPM, DACVB

Dr. Anderson is a Professor Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine; Past Director, Animal Behavior Service of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Current Director, Center to Study Human Animal Relationships, University of Minnesota. Currently Dr. Anderson owns an Animal Behavior Consulting and referral practice to consult with veterinarians, trainers, dog owners and humane societies. He is a co-inventor of the Gentle Leader® headcollar for dogs, a humane training aid. In 2000 he was presented with the Waco Childers Award for Humane Ideals by the American Humane Association and in 1997 was honored with the Distinguished Service Award of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association. For the past 6 years he served as a member of the Human Animal Bond Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is a lecturer and teacher for state, national and international meetings and author or co-author of more than 100 articles in scientific and professional publications and co-author of several books.

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Wayne Hunthausen, BA, DVM

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen is a veterinary behavior consultant who has been working with pet owners and veterinarians throughout North America to solve companion animal behavior problems for the last 19 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Zoology (1969) 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 and a behavior externship program for veterinary students.
Dr. Hunthausen helped found the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior in 1996 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 known 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 Behavior 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 child safety video, Dogs, Cats, & Kids: Learning to be safe with animals.
In his spare time, Dr. Hunthausen is an avid photographer and enjoys skiing, bicycling, movies and traveling with his wife, Jan, as well as knocking around in the outdoors with his dogs Ralphie, Beau and Peugeot.


Karen Overall, VMD, PhD, DACVB


Dr. Karen Overall received her B.A. and M.A. degrees concomitantly from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. After a year spent at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama she was awarded her V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. She completed a residency in Behavioral Medicine from the same school in 1989. Her Ph.D. in Zoology was awarded by the University of Wisconsin - Madison for research focusing on mating systems and physiology of a protected lizard.
Dr. Overall has given hundreds of national and international presentations and short courses and is the author of over 100 publications on behavioral medicine and lizard behavioral ecology. She has also been a regular columnist for both Canine and Feline Practice journals and currently writes a bimonthly column for DVM Newsmagazine. Her best selling textbook, Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals, was published by Mosby in 1997. Her new book, Handbook of Small Animal Behavioral Medicine, to be published by Saunders, should be out by the end of year 2002.
Dr. Overall is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society as an Applied Animal Behaviorist.
Dr. Overall's research interests focus on the development of genetic and behavioral animal models for human psychiatric illness, particularly those involving anxiety, panic, and aggression for which she has been generously and continuously funded.
Dr. Overall frequently consults with service dog organizations including military and narcotic dog groups, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Canine Companions for Independence and with law makers regarding legislation affecting dogs. She was awarded the 1993 Randy Award for excellence and creativity in research and is frequently honored to be a visiting scholar at a variety of universities.
Dr. Overall's other interests include integration of conservation biology into veterinary medicine, international outreach and participation in student based community outreach initiatives.

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