The field of animal behavior has changed dramatically over the past 15 years. There's a new emphasis on academic study as well as experiential observation, and the profession is recognizing that degreed programs provide a stronger foundation for the science — as well as the art — of animal training.
That's why Erin brings clients a B.S. in Animal Science from Purdue University with a specialty in Behavior/Well-Being. Her collegiate preparation included:
- Over 50 credit hours in animal-specific courses with lectures and labs covering behavior and learning, ethology, biology, physiology, nutrition, genetics and breeding, management, ethics, and more.
- At least 16 credit hours for an additional, interdisciplinary Certificate in Animal Welfare and Societal Concerns.
- Study abroad with emphasis on animal systems in Eastern Europe. Sites included well regarded Eurosport K9 Training and Import Services in Slovakia as well as breeding and animal handling facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic.
- Selection as a Hunger/Welfare Research Assistant, helping with animal training, project design, and data collection for federally funded study.
- Working as a teaching assistant for 400-level animal welfare course.
- Serving with Purdue's top-ranked animal welfare judging team, receiving recognition as "High Overall Individual" in national competition.
- Founding, then presiding over, a new student organization dedicated to service and learning for campus dog owners.
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