Dr. Hagar Hauser earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland College Park and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. She then completed a residency in veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Ryan Veterinary Hospital. She has experience in treating canine and feline behavior concerns including affective aggression, generalized anxiety, noise phobias, separation anxiety, compulsive behaviors, elimination in the home, etc. Dr. Hauser is published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior for her research on reducing stress in dogs during veterinary visits and was granted the Fear Free Research Award for this project. She has achieved Fear Free Elite Certification and believes low stress handling in the veterinary clinic is key to providing the best medical care to every animal. She is a Diplomate of the America College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
Dr. Hauser is passionate about working with shelters and rescues to address behavior concerns of the animals in their care and has performed research on the benefits of enrichment within the shelter setting. In her spare time, she volunteers at her local open admission shelter, working hands-on with the dogs and giving behavior-related seminars to staff and volunteers. She spends the weekends cycling with her partner, Dan, and hiking with their rescue pit-mix, Ronny. Ronny is Dr. Hauser’s “foster fail” from veterinary school that had multiple behavior concerns when he came into her home. He inspired her to pursue a veterinary behavior specialty to help other pets like him. Dr. Hauser joined MVA’s behavior team in August 2020.