Martina Schiestl studied Biology at the University of Innsbruck and got her Masters degree in ‘Behaviour, Neurobiology and Cognition’ at the University of Vienna. At the moment, she is studying to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Veterinary Sciences in Brno. She started off training animals for research, working for the Ibis reintroduction and conservation project. Over the last 10 years she has been managing research labs and training research animals for a variety of Universities all over the world (University of Vienna, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, University of Medicine Vienna, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History & University of Auckland). She has experience in working with corvids & parrots, monkeys, pigs, sheep, dogs, rodents, reptiles, amphibians and fish. She is regularly invited to speak at animal training, welfare & research workshops and has also published and co-published peer-reviewed papers and presented her work at international conferences.
Her life and work with animals is best represented by her two most favourite citations: ‘Training should not mean breaking their fragile hearts.’ (Mark Bekoff) ‘Our prime purpose in this life is to help others, and if you cannot help them, at least do not hurt them.’ (Dalai Lama)