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BS, Biology, Syracuse University
MS, Higher Education, Syracuse University

Karen is a behavioral consultant operating her own business; By Your Side Pet Behavior Consulting & Training, LLC. In addition to working with private clients, she provides staff training for shelters, veterinary clinics and dog day care facilities.

Her dedication to life-long learning is evident from the multitude of credentials, certificates and diplomas she has acquired over the last decade, including Fear Free certification. Karen also serves as a Professional Behavioral Responder for the ASPC Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team, is a board member of one of the largest feline TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs in New England, and is a foster caregiver for medically and behaviorally compromised animals. Karen brings to class the first-hand knowledge that comes with over 14 years of experience working with cats and other companion animals.

Karen Plescia

Professor of Animal Training

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