Professional Animal Trainer (PAT)

Co-organizator:

Warsaw Zoo

 

What is PAT?

Professional Animal Trainer (PAT) is the first and only course in Poland aiming to equip participants with tools necessary to work with wild/zoo animals.  The main focus will be put on animal behavior and training – from basic to advanced methods. The course will be led by one of the best trainers of zoo animals from Europe. They will share their experience – in both theoretical and practical way. During the course duration participants will take part in seminars, case studies, training shows and have a chance to train different species of animals themselves, including  chickens, alpacas, ponies, donkeys, lemurs, mice, and rats.

 

PAT provides latest science developments in animal training and their application, great diversity of species – both wild and companion and hand on experience – all under supervision of world-famous animal trainers.

Who is course aimed for?

  • Zoo workers and people interested in that position
  • Companion animal trainers who wants widen their experience
  • Student from bio- and zoological related faculties

 

Our mission

Course PAT aims to spread the awareness of using animal training as a tool to increase animal welfare, decrease stress connected with handling and ensure safe and easy animal management in zoos and other facilities keeping animals in captivity.

 

Objectives:

  • deepen the understanding of animal learning mechanism and training methods of current animal workers based on the latest scientific research and experience of the professionals in the field
  • equipping participants with tools for solving behavioral problems on their own
  • building a supporting community of animal trainers on a national level and creating a platform for the exchange of experiences

 

Organizational details

Recruitment: from June to early September; Filling form on the course website is required https://ethoplanet.com/kursy/trener-zwierzat-animal-trainer/ .

Candidates are asked to provide: basic personal data (name, surname, e-mail address, contact telephone number), as well as their education status and experience in working with animals together with short explanation of their motivation to participate in the course (in order to create a well-fitted profile of the group).

Credit: in order to obtain a PAT certificate, the participant is obliged to pass a written exam and write an essay and/or recording the training session with an animal.

Language: Polish and English;  foreign guests’ lectures are translated consecutively into Polish.

 

Course program

 

Part I:

Intoduction to animal training

 

Day 1 30.09.2019r.

10.00 – 10.15 Course opening
10.15 – 18.00 Introductory lectures with polish scientists (more details coming soon).

 

Day 2 1.10.2019r.

10.00 – 11.00 Before you start planning – how to make training effective. Get to know behavior shaping techniques before using operant and classic conditioning. Mikołaj Zybała.
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.30 Key role of a good training plan and how to develop it. Case study discussion. Mikołaj Zybała.
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 15.30 Discussion – planning training step by step. Measuring training effectiveness. Mikołaj Zybała.
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 16.30 Short-term and long term training effectiveness indicators. Mikołaj Zybała.
16.30 – 17.30 First meeting with alpacas. Krzysztof Buczek

 

Day 3 2.10.2019r.

10.00 – 11.00 Behavior shaping. Motivation – what and why? What is learning? The consequences of behavior in practice. How to lead a training. Jakub Gołąb.
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.00 Jakub Gołąb – workshop
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 15.30 Important and more important aspects of a good training session. Criteria and frequency of rewarding. Jakub Gołąb.
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 17.00 Workshop: training by participants. Jakub Gołąb.

 

Day 4 3.10.2019r.

10.00 – 11.00 Generalization and control of stimuli. Superstitious behavior. How to get rid of unwanted behavior? Jakub Gołąb – theory
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 12.00 Levels of reinforcement and reaction chains. Jakub Gołąb.
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch break
13.00 – 15.30 Training ang emotions. The most common mistakes. Jakub Gołąb.
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee break
15.45 – 17.00 Workshop: training with participants. Jakub Gołąb.

 

 

Day 5 4.10.2019r.

10.00 – 18.00 Theoretical and practical workshops with Warsaw Zoo employees; alpacas training with – practice with Krzysztof Buczek.

 

Part II:

Advanced animal training.

Seminars and workshops led by foregin guests.

 

Day 6 i 7

5-6.10.2019r.

Jim Mackie

 

Jim’s has worked at The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for 20 years becoming the first Animal Training and Behaviour Officer in 2012. Jim has overseen a shift in animal management whereby positive, science-based, training techniques have largely replaced traditional methods such as restraint during medical and husbandry procedures. In 2015 ZSL was the recipient of a British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) gold award for establishing a coherent, collection wide animal training programme for enhanced welfare.

Jim helped form ZSL’s Behaviour Management Committees, with groups at both London and Whipsnade Zoos, and the BIAZA Animal Behaviour and Training Working Group, which he chairs. Jim is also a member of the EAZA Training Group and is an EAZA Academy instructor specialising in the use of trained behaviour to maximise welfare potential in zoos and aquaria.

Jim regularly lectures, presents and provides workshops about Zoo animal behaviour both at home and abroad and when he’s not working he lives in Epping with wife Jacqueline, daughter Francesca and a very well trained cat called Smudge.

5.10.2019 Jim Mackie

10.00 – 11.30 “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a  single step” The transition from traditional husbandry methods towards positive reinforcement training as the preferred choice of animal management at ZSL and the small steps you can make to encourage a shift in culture at your Zoo.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 Visiting lemurs enclosure, discussion of potential behaviors and antecedent arrangement.

“Giving Animals Choice” The practical application of behavior science to enhance animal care in the modern zoo.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Planning your training – a practical activity to practice how to  write training/shaping plan for the lemurs.

Practical training demonstration with lemurs using training plan as a guide (done by Jim or with delegate).

16.00 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.30 “Behavior science supporting conservation” Exploring the impact animal training and behavior management techniques can have on conservation programs using ZSL case studies.

 

6.10.2019 Jim Mackie

10.00 – 11.30 “So how do I get started?” Introducing the key foundation behaviours which are the building blocks for all animal training; the power of antecedent arrangement; motivating operations; the importance of clear communication.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 “But how do I get the animal to do that?!” Exploring the different methods to elicit behavior and the impact each method has on the animal’s emotional state during training sessions including group participation in training “games” to illustrate each technique.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 Practical training demonstration with lemurs using training plan as a guide (done by Jim or with delegate). Training is for every type of animal – exploring the welfare benefits of training with underrepresented species.
16.00 – 16.15 Coffee break
16.15 – 17.30 “Balancing animal welfare and the visitor experience when using trained behaviour” Exploring ways to ensure animal welfare is the focus during live animal demonstrations and events.

Discussion

 

Day 8-12

7-11.10.2019r.

Sabrina Brando

 

Sabrina Brando is Owner and Director of AnimalConcepts, manages 247 Animal Welfare and is Primate Care Training Program Coordinator with the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance. Her favourite job title however is ‘I am in the business of animal happiness’. For the last 27 years she has been working in and with the global zoo and wildlife profession, including zoos, aquariums, wildlife centres and sanctuaries. Sabrina has a BSc. in psychology and has a MSc. in animal studies, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Stirling in Scotland on the topic of “24/7 across lifespan: zoo animal and human wellbeing”.

Sabrina is fortunate to be involved in presenting at conferences, running workshops, zoo expert groups, book chapter and article writing, and to collaborate on several research projects on animal advocacy, care, welfare and behaviour. Sabrina teaches and always learns new things, as a guest lecturer at various universities and colleges as well as many zoos and aquariums worldwide, on e.g. animal welfare, behaviour, environmental enrichment, animal training, and the human-animal interaction and relationship.

 

7.10.2019 Sabrina Brando

10.00-11.30 What is #Iseeyou? Animal welfare: a short history of animal welfare, contemporary views and approaches to animal welfare and animal training. Animals ethics in relation to animal welfare and training.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 Animal learning: Overview of different animal learning principles and strategies, including an in-depth discussion with examples that animals learn all the time.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Case studies: Short overviews of different past and current animal training processes and progresses.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 17.00 Videos: Animal training videos of across all taxa will be viewed and discussed, analysing what is happening, and expanding the vocabulary and science to the animal welfare and training profession.

 8.10.2019 Sabrina Brando

10.00-11.30 Animal learning: continuation of the Day 1 lecture and its connection to the welfare in a broader context including exhibit design and environmental enrichment.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 Animal training theory in practice: working group exercises the ABCs of animal training, on predetermined topics, and includes identifying signals (A), behaviours (B) and consequences (C) in daily work.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Behaviour observations: a brief introduction to behaviour observations in and outside training sessions.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 17.00 Case studies: short overviews of different past and current animal training processes and progresses.

Videos: animal training videos of across all taxa will be viewed and discussed, analyzing what is happening, and expanding the vocabulary and science to the animal welfare and training profession.

 9.10.2019 Sabrina Brando

10.00 – 16.00 Zoo visit with exercises and analysis of behaviour, environment, human-animal interaction. Practical expansion of the information covered in Day 1 & 2. Seeing animal training in action by zoo staff and animals.

 

10.10.2019 Sabrina Brando

10.00-11.30 Communication: communication strategies and methods, include training plan development, record keeping and review.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 Qualitative and quantitative studies and different ways of knowing & science: qualitative and quantitative methods in relation to animal welfare and training and discusses different approaches and alternative thoughts on human-animal interactions and understanding other animals.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 Case studies: overviews of different past and current animal training processes and progresses.
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 17.00 Videos: Animal training videos of across all taxa followed by discussion, and analyze.

11.10.2019 Sabrina Brando

 

10.00-11.30 Developing evidence-based compassionate animal training programs: an interactive discussion and guidance on how to develop, maintain and review an animal training program.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 Videos: Animal training videos of across all taxa followed by discussion, and analyze.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 #Iseeyou: Continued discussion and interactive workshop on the concept of “I see you”.

May the student in you never die: strategies for continued learning, questioning and exploration, from an intellectual, spiritual and emotional perspective.

 

15.00 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 17.00 Starting where the animals are comfortable – including the human animal: Final words on the week retrospectively, and ways to move from here.

Day 13-14

12-13.10.2019r.

Martina Schiestl

 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.

 

12.10.2019 Martina Schiestl

10.00 – 11.30 Introduction to research training.
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.30 Medical training– practical aspects.
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.45 Medical training– practical aspects.
15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Workshop – rats training in practice.

 

13.10.2019 Martina Schiestl

10.00 – 11.30 Medical training
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break
11.45 – 13.30 Workshop – rats training in practice.
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.45 Practical training: crate training, syringe training, nail clipping, palpation training, easy handling and moving.
15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Practical training: crate training, syringe training, nail clipping, palpation training, easy handling and moving.

 

ATTENTION!

Participants signing up for chosen seminars receive only certificates of attendance in those. Participants signing up for whole course duration receive both, certificates of attendance and Professional Animal Trainer certificate.

 

Price list

Section Early birds [pln]

(do 31.07)

Standard [pln]

(po 31.07)

Part I

(Day 1-5)

1300 1550
Part II

(Day 6-14)

4700 5500
Kurs PAT
(part I & II)
5600 6300
Seminar with Sabrina Brando 3300 3700
Seminar with

Jim Mackie

900 990
Seminar with

Martina Schiestl

900 990

 

ATTENTION!

THE PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO PEOPLE INTERESTED IN WHOLE COURSE DURATION. DURING EACH SECTION THE AMOUNT OF PLACES IS LIMITED TO 20!

ONLY APPLICATION FOR THE WHOLE COURSE DURATION ARE NOW OPEN!