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Dr. Sophia Yin Memorial Fund

VIN Foundation was chosen to honor Dr. Sophia Yin’s memory


Dr. Sophia Yin’s family chose the VIN Foundation to honor Dr. Yin’s memory by creating the Dr. Sophia Yin Memorial Fund. Donations to the Dr. Sophia Yin Memorial Fund support the VIN Foundation’s Vets4Vets® program helping colleagues facing the challenges such as those that consumed Dr. Yin. 

Vets4Vets® provides peer-to-peer confidential support for veterinary students and veterinarians and includes Support4Support providing peer-to-peer support for support staff. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, Vets4Vets® is here to help.

If you want to support these efforts, you may support the Dr. Sophia Yin Memorial Fund below:

All donations MATCHED thru Dec 31!

New/increased monthly donations are 2X MATCHED!
+ Year End bonus options:


One-time donations 2x matched

Monthly donations 3x matched

VIN Foundation Rumpl Blanket

$500 min one-time donation or
$150 monthly (or monthly increase by $50)

VIN Foundation Yeti Mug

$150 min one-time donation or
$40 monthly (or monthly increase by $15)

Have all the blankets and mugs you need, but still want to give more? Thank you, we’ll put your funds to more use!

VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Resources | Dr. Sophia Yin Memorial Fund

Continuing Dr. Sophia Yin’s legacy, the VIN Foundation is honored to be the new home of the Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook. The VIN Foundation believes a healthy animal community depends on a healthy veterinary community. Its resources help veterinarians thrive so they can help our animals and those who care for them. The Veterinary Nerdbook provides veterinarians with the critical information needed to help animals and move forward in their veterinary careers.

Along with Dr. Yin’s Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, she additionally was the innovator and founder of CattleDog Publishing, her legacy company. CattleDog Publishing is the home of Low Stress Handling®, developed by the late Dr. Sophia Yin, focuses on teaching the individual how to use humane animal handling techniques. 

About Dr. Sophia Yin
Ever since she was a child, Sophia wanted to be a veterinarian, and in 1993, her dream came true. But once out in private practice, she quickly realized that more pets were euthanized due to behavior problems than medical ones. She went back to school to study animal behavior, and earned her Master’s in Animal Science in 2001 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 also the award-winning pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Upon receiving her degree focused on animal behavior, Dr. Yin served for five years as a lecturer in the UC Davis Animal Science Department. Through these and an eclectic collection of other animal behavior experiences, she came to realize the true secret to successful behavior modification.
On Sept. 29, 2014, Dr. Yin passed away. News of her death elicited an outpouring of sorrow in veterinary circles and expressions of profound admiration for Dr. Yin, a superstar in the animal-behavior arena. Whether they knew her personally or only knew of her, veterinarians around the world have said Dr. Yin strongly influenced their practice.
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