In Memory of Dr. Sophia Yin

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Posted by Dr. Ernie Ward on Oct 02 2014


The entire Petplan family was saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend, world-renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin. For many years, Dr. Yin was a frequent contributor to our “Vets for Pets” blog and fetch! magazine, and many of our team had the pleasure of working with her personally. Dr. Ernie Ward has written the following in commemoration of her life, and we join him in expressing our condolences to all those who were touched by her, both two- and four-legged alike.

Animals have lost a compassionate voice. Veterinarians have lost a tireless leader. I’ve lost a dear friend.

Those were the first thoughts I had as I hung up the phone a few days ago after hearing the news of Dr. Sophia Yin’s unexpected death. I’d known and worked with Dr. Yin for over 15 years on a wide variety of projects. We were the same age, shared many of the same interests, and were both passionate about improving animal welfare and our beloved veterinary profession. She was the first person I called when working on any animal behavior project. I could always count on Sophia’s support no matter how busy she was. I am a better veterinarian and person because of her.

I’ll miss Sophia terribly. Her legacy will live on eternally in our profession and I’ll carry many fond memories for the rest of my days. She gave so much to so many, changed the way pet owners and veterinarians thought about animal behavior and training, and left the world a better place. There’s no way to adequately express the emotions those of us who knew her well are feeling. I’m sure over time we’ll find peace and solace knowing she was remembered, respected, and loved by so many. For now, I’m still choking back tears.

Good bye, dear Sophia. Heaven welcomes you. I miss you.