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January 11-16, 2014
Contemporary Animal Training and Management Workshop
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Due to overwhelming interest, we are pleased to announce that NEI will be offering our hands-on training workshop, “Contemporary Animal Training and Management,” from January 11-16, 2014. Designed specifically for professional animal trainers, consultants, and caregivers of all species, a limited number of spaces will also be available to companion parrot owners. Space is available on a first come, first served basis, though preference will be given to first-time attendees.
Under the guidance of NEI President Steve Martin and Dr. Susan Friedman, PhD, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to participate in the training of a large flock of young macaws as we prepare for an exciting new show opportunity, and to learn from some of our best trainers: a flock of charismatic corvids. This experience will be directly applicable to teaching and learning with all the species in your care.
Natural Encounters, Inc., Presents The Workshop Series:
"Contemporary Animal Training and Management"
Designed for Professional Zoo Keepers, Trainers, and Wildlife Educators
To help you reach your goals and realize your full potential in every aspect of animal training and educational programming.
- Knowledge: Scientific principles and training technology of Operant Learning
- Practice: Guided hands-on training with a variety of different species of birds
- Programming: Innovative educational programming from design through presentation
- Community: Strategies for improving staff communication, team performance, and team building
- Mastery: Limited class size for personal attention in a comprehensive learning environment
Workshop Leaders: Steve Martin and Susan Friedman, Ph.D.
In 1976 Steve Martin's animal training career began with the training of free-flight Birds for a show at the San Diego Wild Animal park. Since then he has become one of the best-known bird trainers in the world. In 1984 he began using his positive reinforcement training techniques to train a wide variety of animals to participate in shows and keeper talk programs. His training experience now includes over 200 species of birds and over 50 species of mammals. Steve now spends much of his time consulting at zoos around the world setting up educational shows and teaching positive reinforcement training to zoo keepers.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.
Susan is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Students from 22 different countries have participated in Susan's online courses. She has written chapters on learning and behavior for three veterinary texts; her articles have been translated into ten languages. Susan has presented seminars for a wide variety of professional organizations around the world and is a frequent contributor to NEI training workshops.
All workshop materials, including note guides and other resource information, and breakfast
and lunch are provided.
For more information about our Professionals workshop, and for a link to our online registration form, please click here.
NEI Training Facility in Florida:
Attending a workshop at the NEI training facility is the best way to learn the art and science of animal training. This 34-acre facility is home to over 80 species of animals, almost all of which are available for training in our workshops. Free of normal daily duties, attendees can concentrate on learning the technology and skills required to perform at the professional level. Each attendee receives personalized attention from our staff of experts, as well as note guides and workbooks that they can take home to share with their co-workers.