ABI Success Story
Feline Training & Behavior
Let’s Meet Lisa! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I recently completed the Feline Training & Behavior certificate at the Animal Behavior Institute. I am establishing my own business as a Feline Behavioral Consultant and am working with local shelters to improve the retention of adopted animals. I have worked with animals all of my life in one capacity or another. I started out doing so when I was very young, assisting our local veterinarian. I grew up with animals; my life as an only child contributed to the intimate, lifelong connection I have had with them.
When I began working in my first animal shelter I realized I wanted to do more for homeless animals. I have worked for shelters in positions ranging from adoption counselor, to rescue/foster coordinator, to retention & behavioral specialist. I have a special connection with cats, I feel I understand them better than any other animal. So after many years of hands-on experience, I was determined to find a program that would bring together my knowledge and experience while advancing my career.
How did you benefit from your experience at ABI?
I have a lot of knowledge and experience with animals and ABI allowed me to narrow down my goals to find something I really wanted to concentrate on. I was able to understand how I could take that knowledge and experience and turn it into something I could do for a living and be happy with. I look forward to returning to ABI at one point to learn more.
What was your favorite course?
I would have to say Feline Heath & Nutrition because I was less familiar with this subject area. The course helped me better understand the importance of physical health and how it relates to mental health and behavior.
How did you complete your field experience?
At the time I was taking classes I was employed as the pet retention/behavior specialist at my local shelter.
Would you recommend ABI to others?
While working with animals over the years I realized there were many more resources for dogs than there were for cats, so I decided to concentrate on finding something specifically for felines. I read about the feline behavior certification at ABI and knew that would be a great next step towards my career goal of starting my own cat behavior consulting business. And thanks to ABI I have been able to bring what I have wanted to do for so long to fruition! I would definitely recommend ABI to anyone who wants to further their career, or for those that want to become better guardians of their own animals.