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ABI Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List

Animal Behavior Institute is proud to announce that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs SM , and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. 

New - Avian Training Course!

Andrea parrotAre you interested in training birds, reading their body language and managing their behavior? If your answer is yes, we have the perfect class for you. This winter Professor Andrea Bogle will be offering a new course in Avian Training. This course will introduce students to the training, management and behavior of birds in captivity, with an emphasis on parrots and raptors. The course will cover a wide range of training applications, including husbandry, flight training, vocalizations, and educational programming. Students will learn how to train new behaviors and to manage undesirable behaviors such as aggression, plucking and screaming.

Professor Bogle began her animal training career over 12 years ago. Since then she has worked with a wide variety of species at zoos around the world. Her experience has included training animals for television and movie production, research training, training animals for use in animal assisted therapy, and work with private clients to resolve behavioral problems. She is currently a senior trainer at the Texas State Aquarium.

Not yet a student? Apply online now - it's fast & easy!

IWRC Provides Credit for ABI Courses

The Animal Behavior Institute is pleased to announce that we have been approved to provide continuing education units (CEU) for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC). Wildlife rehabilitators certified by the IWRC may receive CEU credits for any of the courses listed in our Wildlife Rehabilitation program.

LearnZIMS Teaching Partner

The Animal Behavior Institute is proud to announce that we have recently become a ZIMS Teaching Partner. ZIMS is the state of the art system employed by zoos all over the world. We incorporate the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) into our courses to ensure that our students learn the world standard in animal records management. The Animal Behavior Institute is one of just twelve institutions globally to enjoy this exclusive teaching partnership. You’ll be graduating from ABI with a unique skill set that will set you apart from your competition.

Tuition Increase

The Animal Behavior Institute has strived to maintain affordable tuition since we opened in 2004; tuition has not changed in over ten years. However, due to rising costs, we will be increasing our tuition from $1,110 to $1,185 per course effective February 1, 2016. Courses may be purchased at the current tuition rate anytime prior to February 1, 2016, to be used in subsequent semesters.

Kennel Pro Discounted Insurance

ABI students and alumni are now eligible for a discounted rate at Kennel Pro, an insurance company for dog and cat trainers. To get this rate, go to Kennel Pro's website, click on Request a Quote Online, and check off the box “Are you a student or alumnus of the Animal Behavior Institute, Inc?” Once your status is verified, you will receive the discounted quote.

Loop Abroad Benefits for ABI Students

Students can now receive a 10% discount when applying for a program at Loop Abroad! Additionally, Loop Abroad in the process of hiring for summer 2015 and is considering ABI students for team leader positions in their veterinary service programs.


ABI classes can be used at IAABC

Select ABI Classes are now eligible to be used as Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Certified and Associate members of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Visit the IAABC to learn more.


New Benefits for Zoo & Aquarium Science Students


The Animal Behavior Institute is proud to announce that two new benefits are available to students in the Zoo & Aquarium Science program.  Current students are eligible for Student Memberships in the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Membership provides many valuable benefits, such as an annual subscription to their publication, the Animal Keepers Forum,  access to the Members Only portions of their website, and discounted rates on conferences, publications, and other products.

Students can also receive a 15% discount on the conference registration for the upcoming annual meeting of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums this September. Contact our office for more information on these exciting new benefits.

Advanced Canine Training and Advanced Feline Training

New Courses, New Programs, New Opportunities

The Animal Behavior Institute is excited to announce the launch of two new certificate programs,  Advanced Canine Training and Advanced Feline Training. These new programs include an advanced course in training and build upon the material covered in prior courses.

The cornerstones of each new program are courses in Advanced Canine Training and Advanced Feline Training. These courses build upon the students’ fundamental skills, going far beyond basic training. You will learn how to incorporate the principles of behavioral science to identify training goals, develop treatment programs, and evaluate your progress.

Students that have completed the specialized certificates in Canine Training & Behavior or Feline Training & Behavior will need only two additional courses to complete the advanced certificate of their choice. This includes the Advanced Canine or Feline Training class and a behavioral elective of their choice.

Students that have completed their certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy or Animal Training & Enrichment may also be able to complete these additional certificates in as little as 2-3 courses. Contact your academic advisor or Laura Hoyt at (866) 755-0448, ext. 5 or hoytl@animaledu.com for more information.


ABI 238 Training Your Therapy Dog

This new course that emphasizes the specific training skills you'll need to train your dog to work in Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities. Learn from a veteran trainer how to best prepare you and your dog for this wonderful line of work. You'll learn everything from selecting dogs to preparing for national certification exams. Don't miss this exciting addition to our AAT and canine training programs.


ABI becomes a Learning Partner of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA)

The Animal Behavior Institute and the AZA share a common mission to provide professional, high quality training. Our new status as an official Learning Partner will allow students to use a number of ABI courses as electives in AZA Professional Development Certificate Programs. For more information, visit our ABI-AZA Learning Partners site or the AZA Professional Development Certificates site.

New Specialized Certificates

Beginning in the Fall of 2014 the Animal Behavior Institute will be offering two new specialized certificates in canine and feline training and behavior.

Canine Training & Behavior

Would you like to start a rewarding new career in dog training? Do you want an education in this field that goes beyond simple obedience training? If so, a specialized certificate in Canine Training & Behavior is for you! The specialized certificate program in Canine Training & Behavior requires the completion of three online courses (9 academic credits) and an extended 100 hour field requirement. The required courses for this specialized certificate are:

  1. ABI 234 Canine Training
  2. ABI 271 Canine Behavior and Enrichment
  3. ABI 312 Canine Health and Nutrition

Upon graduation, students will earn their certificate and may begin using the designation CCTBS, Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist.

Feline Training & Behavior

Do you dream of becoming the next "Cat Whisperer?" Our specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior will help you develop a new career in feline behavior. This comprehensive program goes beyond simple problem solving; you will learn advanced training techniques that allow you to handle nearly any behavioral issue.

The specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior requires the completion of three online courses (9 academic credits) and an extended 100 hour field requirement. The required courses for this specialized certificate are:

  1. ABI 235 Feline Training
  2. ABI 272 Feline Behavior and Enrichment
  3. ABI 313 Feline Health and Nutrition

Upon graduation, students will earn their certificate and may begin using the designation CFTBS, Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist.

These new specialized certificates offer a shorter curriculum, consisting of three courses each. They provide more specialized programs, focusing on a single companion animal. Our traditional certificate programs, on the other hand, require five courses and adopt a more comprehensive approach to each discipline.

ABI accredited as an Authorized Provider for IACET

We are proud to announce that the Animal Behavior Institute has been re-approved by the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Our continued partnership with IACET demonstrates our commitment to lifelong learning and high standards for all of our programs. We are very pleased to maintain our relationship with such a prestigious organization, as well as an elite group of organizations that offer excellent continuing education and training programs.

In order to achieve Authorized Provider status, ABI completed a rigorous review process addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. Students trust the IACET CEU because they know that the Authorized Provider's processes must follow the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard for Continuing Education and Training and have been thoroughly assessed by a third party.

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs. IACET is the only standard-setting organization approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for continuing education and training. The ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard is the core of thousands of educational programs worldwide.

What's new on Facebook?

Have you been to our Facebook site recently? Our newly revamped site is a great resource for trainers and behaviorists of all stripes. Check out this great source of tips, jobs, and other resources.





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