Faculty & Staff at the Animal Behavior Institute



Authors. Scientists. Curators. Leaders. Our faculty are more than just educators, they are active practitioners in their respective fields. At ABI you’ll be learning from seasoned professionals, for example:

  • Learn how to care for injured wildlife with Professor Toni O’Neil, founder and director of the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Develop advanced dog training skills with Dr. Nicole Dorey, noted canine author and scientist. 
  • Work with Dr. Valerie Chalcraft, a Ph.D. behaviorist, as you develop your skills in feline training and behavioral management.
  • Learn the secrets of equine business management from Professor Deanne Angell, a Harvard MBA with over four decades of equine experience.

We invite you to explore the backgrounds and credentials of our faculty to the right. Discover why thousands of students have chosen to continue their education at the Animal Behavior Institute.

Dr. Gary Fortier

Dr. Janis Hammer
Associate Director

Professor Cherie Beattie
Canine Training & Behavior

Dr Elisa Bobrin
Animal Nutrition & Husbandry

Professor Andrea Bogle
Animal Training

Dr. Rene Brooks
Assistant Director

Dr. Jennifer Campbell
Exotic Animal Management

Dr. Valerie Chalcraft
Feline Training & Behavior

Karen Plescia
Animal Training

Professor Tracey DePaul
Animal Assisted Therapy

Dr. Nicole Dorey
Canine Behavior
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