About Barbara Heidenreich

In 1982 Barbara Heidenreich secured her first job working with animals in a veterinary hospital. After exploring different animal related jobs and receiving her degree in Zoology from UC Davis in 1990, Barbara started her career as an animal trainer in a zoological park. She has been a professional trainer ever since.

Barbara provides consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities. She lectures regularly to the veterinary community and is an adjunct clinical instructor at Texas A & M University, Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. Barbara  is a former president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators  and served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2009.  She volunteers her expertise to support conservation projects, The Kakapo Recovery Program and the Bird Endowment. In her career she has trained animals, trained staff, lectured and/or presented shows at over 50 facilities around the world. (See below)

Barbara  has been a featured speaker on animal training in over twenty countries and has been published in nine languages. (Visit her past calendar here.) Barbara teaches learning theory as described by the science of behavior analysis. She is also passionate about teaching  excellent animal training practical application skills. Barbara is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train thousands of animals, from rabbits to rhinos. This hands-on practice with so many different individual animals has been invaluable to helping her provide caregivers the tools they need to solve behavior problems and have a great relationship with the animals in their lives based on trust. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise.

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Barbara has lectured, presented workshops, trained staff, presented shows, provided consulting services and/or worked at the following facilities.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas Zoo
Dallas World Aquarium
Santa Barbara Zoo
El Paso Zoo
Brookfield Zoo
Caldwell Zoo
Curacao Zoo
John Ball Zoo
Staten Island Zoo
Disney’s Discovery Island
Marine World Africa USA
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Tautphaus Park Zoo
Gulf Park Marine World
Perth Zoo in Australia
Ocean Park in Hong Kong
Umgeni River Bird Park in South Africa
Africam Safari in Puebla Mexico
Vallarta Adventures in Mexico
Auckland Zoo in New Zealand
Xcaret in Mexico
Wellington Zoo in New Zealand
London Zoo, United Kingdom
Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark
Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Ranch
Austin Zoo
Walsrode Bird Park in Germany
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Helsinki Zoo, Finland
Auckland Zoo, New Zealand
Mill Mountain Zoo
San Antonio Zoo
Dublin Zoo, Ireland
Zoo Heidelberg, Germany
Taman Safari Indonesia
Fota Wildlife Park Ireland
Zoo Leon, Mexico
Frank Buck Zoo
Boras Zoo, Sweden
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Zoo Karlsruhe in Germany
Poznan Zoo in Poland
Cameron Park Zoo

Conservation Projects
The Kakapo Recovery Program
The Bird Endowment

Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and Universities

University of North Texas – Denton Psychology Dept. O.R.C.A.
University of North Carolina Veterinary Medicine at Raleigh Durham
University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical School
Cornell University Veterinary Medical School
University of Giessen, Germany
University of Vienna, Austria
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Shuttleworth College Bedfordshire, England, UK
Hadlow College, Hadlow, England, UK

Adjunct Instructor
Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical School

Animal Sanctuaries/Rescues
Tucson Avian Rescue and Adoption Foundation
Parrots and People
The Gabriel Foundation
Best Friends Sanctuary Garden
Phoenix Landing Helping Parrots
Parrots First
Mickaboo Companion Parrot Rescue
Parrot University
Cockatoo Downs
National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation
Primarily Primates

Resorts & Leisure Destinations
State Fair of Texas
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Westside Tennis and Fitness

Animal Education Centers
Earth Rangers in Canada
Kaytee Learning Center
Hoo Haven
Science Center of Western Virginia

US Department of Agriculture
Parrot Society of the United Kingdom
Parrot Society of Australia
Parrot Society of New Zealand