An experienced teacher….

Barbara is an animal training and behavior consultant specializing in avian, exotics and zoo animal training. She lectures and consults worldwide working with zoos, universities, veterinary professionals, pet owners and conservation projects. She has worked with over 80 facilities in 20 + countries. She is an adjunct clinical instructor at Texas A & M University. She has produced seven DVDs, authored two books and guest edited and contributed to two veterinary text books.  Barbara started her career as a zookeeper and is still primarily focused on the zoological community with much of her work focusing on training animals to cooperate in medical care, solving complex behavior problems, making day to day care easy and developing caregivers training skills.  Her degree is in Zoology from the University of California at Davis. Barbara is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train thousands of animals, from rabbits to rhinos. She is passionate about teaching excellent practical application training skills. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise.

Here are just a few places Barbara has been privileged to consult recently. To see a full list click here to view her complete credentials.

Santa Barbara Zoo in California
Orange Country Zoo in California
Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas
Frank Buck Zoo in Texas
Poznan Zoo in Poland
Furuviksparken in Sweden
Chulpultapec Zoo in Mexico
San Juan de Aragon Zoo in Mexico

European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA)
-Animal Training Working Group (Advisor)
-Parrot Taxon Advisory Group (Advisor)

The Animal Behavior Management Association (ABMA)
-Charter member

Zoological Association of America (ZAA)

American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK)

Elephant Managers Association (EMA)

American Federation of Aviculture (AFA)

International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE)
-Former president and member of the board of director’s from 1997 to 2009