Leticia Fanucchi, D.V.M., Ph.D.


Leticia Fanucchi, D.V.M., Ph.D.




Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: McCoy room 131
E-Mail: fanucchi@vetmed.wsu.edu
Phone: (509) 335-9427

Fanucchi, Leticia

Current Positions

Since moving to Pullman, Washington, Dr. Fanucchi has taken on various roles in academia as well as the community. She currently holds a Clinical Instructor position at Washington State University where she teaches courses on behavior of exotic and domestic animals, and is now seeing behavior cases in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She also runs the Shelter Training Program at our local Whitman County Humane Society where she serves on the board of directors.


After her time in New York, Dr. Fanucchi graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and uprooted to Florida. In Florida, Dr. Fanucchi trained more extensively under a board certified veterinarian in behavior medicine and spent time working primarily with small animals at Country Inn Animal Hospital, which was also the facility  within the Miami Border Patrol unit, for training of dogs to detect chemicals and explosives. In 2010, Dr. Fanucchi moved to Pullman, Washington to pursue her PhD, and her research focused on attachment systems and effects of separation in dogs.

Biographical Information

Dr. Fanucchi began her veterinary studies at Tuiuti University in 2001 in her home country, Brazil. Shortly thereafter, she began her path to behavior medicine in 2002 where she began her work with exotic animals and wild species at the Pomerode Zoo in Pomerode, Brazil. In 2003, she moved on to work at the Parana Jockey Club where she did rehabilitation and behavior modification of racehorses for retirement. In 2004, Fanucchi worked simultaneously in the Animal Medical Center in New York and the ASPCA headquarters. She focused primarily on behavior training and working first hand with rescues for ASPCA.


Dr. Fanucchi's research interests do not limit to Attachment Systems and Effects from Separation. Currently Dr. Fanucchi is evaluating the efficacy of acupuncture as an additional modality to treat anxiety in dogs. Dr. Fanucchi's next project will evaluate the effects of a canine cognition software on senior dogs.


  1. Fanucchi, F., Newberry, R.C. 2013. Responses of non-human animals to loss of an attachment figure. In: Proc. American Veterinary Medical Association, Jul. 19-23, 2013, Chicago, IL.
  2. Fanucchi, L., McPherrin, J., Newberry, R.C. 2013. Dog owners’ perception of their dogs’ responses to loss of a canine companion. In: Proc. International Society for Applied Ethology, 76, Jun. 02-06, 2013, Florianopolis, Brazil.
  3. Fanucchi, L., Vens, B., Panksepp, J., Newberry, R.C. 2011. Responses of domestic chicks to social loss and reunion. In: Proc. 13th Annual College of Veterinary Medicine Student Research Symposium, Oct. 27th, 2011, Pullman WA.
  4. Fanucchi, L., Alcantara, M.A., Bolfer, L.H.G., Santos, F.R. 2004. Anatomical study of the arteries that compose the choroid plexus of mongrel dogs – origin, course, branching. In: Reunion de Integracion de la Morfologia Panamericana. International Journal of Morphology.  Temuco, 23 (1), 49.
  5. Andrade, J.N.B.M., Bolfer, L.H.G., Fanucchi, L., Riella, A.C.M., Santos, F.R., Alcantara, M.A. 2004. Relation of the marginal branches of the circumflex branch of the coronary artery to the anatomo-surgical segments and its inner portion of the left ventricle of no defined breed dogs. International Journal of Morphology, Temuco, 23 (1), 84.
  6. Alcantara, M.A., Fanucchi, L., Bolfer, L.H.G., Santos, F.R. 2004. Anatomical study of the Fregata magnificens and Sula leucogaster – adaptations related to the ecology of these species. Arquivos de Ciencias da Saude da UNIPAR, 8 (2), 36-38.
  7. Alcantara, M.A., Andrade, J.N.B.M., Bolfer, L.H.G., Fanucchi, L., Riella, A.C.M., Santos, F.R. 2004. Relation of the papillary muscles to the anatomo-surgical segments of the ventricle and marginal branches of the circumflex branch of the coronary artery of mixed breed dogs. In: Reuniao de Integracao da Morfologia Panamericana. International Journal of Morphology. Temuco, 23 (1), 83.