By education, Agata holds an engineering degree in Breeding Small Working Animals and Pets, completed her Master’s Course in Wild Animals Specialty at the Faculty of Animal Science at WULS and is a special educator (Faculty of Pedagogy at the University of Maria Grzegorzewska in Warsaw). She did a PhD at the Institute of Animal Behaviour at the Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding at the Polish Academy of Science. Her PhD thesis concerns olfactory sense and its uses, among others, for the diagnostics of cancer.
Additionally, Agata has completed a number of courses and trainings in canine and feline behaviour: a zoopsychologist course at Europejskie Studium Przygotowania Zawodowego i Wiedzy Praktycznej, dog training course at CANID school, a course for ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF COMPANION ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AND TRAINING at Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) to mention but a few.
Professionally, as an active scientist, Agata runs an ongoing research in biological mechanisms behind behaviour, animal psychology, welfare (with the emphasis on animal empowerment) and in zoosemiotics. She is particularly interested in the questions of animal temper and personality as well as emotional life of animals. She is a lecturer at the Faculty of Animal Science and at Open University at WULS. She has published a work titled Zootherapy with Elements of Ethology. As a practitioner, she is an animal trainer and behaviour consultant and shares her expertise at trainings for individuals and businesses alike. She is an author of such courses as Zoopsychology, Canine Behaviour, Zootherapy in a Nutshell, Pet-sitter- a Certified Carer for Dogs and Cats. She has been a speaker at 31 conferences, including 9 abroad (Czech Republic, Portugal, Italy, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan), at which she has delivered 12 lectures and presented 19 poster presentations. A Board member of Warsaw Division of Polish Society of Animal Production, she is also a regular member of Polish Ethological Society, Polish Laboratory Animal Science Association PolLASA and International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants IAABC. She likes to tirelessly update her skills attending courses and workshops and following new scientific publications.
Privately, as a devoted animal friend, caring for their welfare, Agata remains madly keen on her scientific pursuits. She is an inexhaustible well of new ideas, supported in her efforts by her crazy dog in the type of a husky, called Pinia vel Pączek, whom Agata was only too happy to adopt from behind a shelter cage bars. Other Agata’s loves are theatre, poetry, art, travels and good food, especially pączki (doughnuts).