Global Online Animal Training Summit

What is GOATS?

GOATS is going through a change! Instead of a summit it is now a series! It is still catered towards professionals and aspiring professionals who work with exotic animals in managed care. This series is primarily focused on providing participants with information designed to enhance practical application skills and knowledge. There is also a special emphasis on providing evidence based information. Presenters have been carefully chosen for their quality content and engaging presentation skills. This series also features live training demonstrations from around the world.  

Our registration has been revised so that participants can register for individual presentations. However members of can attend GOATS as part of their membership benefits! This is a significant savings. Members also receive verifiable badges automatically for attending the live presentation. Members can also watch the recording later.

What people are saying about GOATS .....

"GOATS is AMAZING!:-). I learn so much from the generous experts that you bring together. Thank you!!:-)❤️"

"This first session was outstanding. Definitely same high standard and superior content, like in the first GOATS!"

"This is the inspiration I needed today!"

"Wow that was FANASTIC??? So many inspirational ideas!"

"That was great!!! So many great ideas and examples!"

"Thank you so so much! I loved these ideas. I was blown away by the ingenuity, wow wow wow!"


NEXT GOATS - July 22, 2024 (Monday) 

11:00 AM -1:00 PM (13:00) Central Time (Austin, TX, USA) 

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The metaphor of "Crabs in a Bucket" vividly depicts the practice of hindering others' progress or success to propel oneself forward, which ultimately holds back the entire group. This metaphor is particularly relevant to the training and behavior industry. This in-depth presentation discusses the importance of crediting intellectual property, defining plagiarism, and highlighting its impact on individuals and the industry. It also addresses common challenges and misconceptions about proper citation and credit options and provides valuable resources to help individuals learn how to attribute intellectual property appropriately. By freeing the crabs from the bucket and allowing them to fulfill their potential, practitioners can advance the animal training industry and freely contribute to a diverse world of information sharing. Learn how promoting ethical practices and supporting the work of our predecessors can create a brighter future for animal trainers and the industry.

Presenter Bio:

Barbara Heidenreich – Animal Training Consultant

Barbara Heidenreich is an animal training and behavior consultant specializing in exotic animals. She consults worldwide working with zoos, universities, veterinary professionals, and conservation projects. She has worked onsite with over 90 facilities in 29 countries. She is an adjunct instructor at Texas A & M University. She has authored two books and contributed to four veterinary textbooks. She is a co-author of two Fear Free® Avian Certification Courses. Much of her work focuses on training exotic species to improve animal welfare. She operates the online education program Barbara is an advisor for the Animal Training Working Group and the Parrot Taxon Advisory Group for the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Zoological Association of America’s Animal Training Committee and is a founding committee member. She has provided her expertise onsite to conservation projects The Kakapo Recovery Program and The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Click here for her complete credentials.

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Each presentation will be conducted over Zoom.  You will also have the option to ask questions of the presenters after each session as well as ask questions from our trainers providing demonstrations. Some sessions also have the opportunity to win prizes from our generous sponsors. We are aiming to try to keep the schedule for Mondays at 11:00 AM Central Time  However, please note the schedule is subject to change to accommodate our panel of international presenters and live training demos.



You can learn more about current and past presenters by visiting this page.



Our registration has been revised so that participants can register for individual presentations. However members of can attend GOATS as part of their membership benefits! This is a significant savings. Members also receive verifiable badges automatically for attending the live presentations. Members can also watch the recordings later.

Registration Member Live Event: Registration is Free is with your current active membership (see terms) Please visit this link and in the message box indicate the GOATS presentation you are interested in attending live and provide the following membership information: Email address, first and last name associated with your account. You can also email this information.

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GOATS Gifts: Registrants will have more opportunities to win super cool prizes from our awesome sponsors (scroll to the bottom of the page to view some of our supporters). Winners to be announced at the end of the presentation. You do need to be present to win.


We have some great sponsors supporting this educational opportunity. These sponsors were also selected because we believe in their products. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see some of our sponsors.

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As an animal training consultant who prior to the pandemic traveled the world I have been fortunate to get the know some brilliant animal professionals. I have often felt that my own professional growth and development can be attributed to having the opportunity to do many things with our presenters including:  train animals, engage in deep discussions, develop projects, teach workshops, present at conferences, interview them for my podcast and learn from their presentations, to name just a few.  These are the people who raise everyone up. They may not be out there seeking the spotlight, even though they deserve it in my opinion.  I am excited to be able to bring them to you, especially during a time when travel has become a greater challenge for many.

Believe it or not I had the idea for GOATS in the "before times", that is pre-pandemic. I even had the logo and the domain name already in place. But traveling around the world for animal training consulting work made it difficult to find time to organize this event. When our world changed drastically it became clear it was really time for GOATS to go, go, go! Additionally technology made it easier to organize online events. So perhaps the idea isn't so original anymore, but that is OK, because now it is easier to accomplish. And with my online education platform in place, 2020 was the time to bring you these great presenters and excellent information.  The exotic animal training community was in need of an affordable opportunity to share expert knowledge more globally at a live event. The first GOATS was so very well received. And now it seems everyone has learned how to use Zoom, host online conferences, etc. Now that we are bombarded with opportunities to learn online, we are going to try a different approach and offer GOATS as a series instead of a summit. I hope to bring those unique voices and brilliant information to you in smaller doses on a more frequent basis. I hope you will keep learning with me from these wonderful mentors. ~  Barbara Heidenreich



Here are the main items to know. More details can be found on the Terms and Policies Page

Refunds: Please see our Terms and Policies page for more details regarding the definition of a member and member access. Refunds will be addressed on a case by case basis for Non-Members who cannot attend live nor who will not be able to take advantage of the recording. We do retain a $5 service charge for refunds. This is because merchant servers charge a fee we do not recover for refunds. To request a refund, please email You will need to provide the email with which you used to make the purchase.

Recording: Personal recording with your own equipment is not permitted. Please see the Terms and Policies Page for more information.

Conduct: We do have a Code of Coduct. Please see the Terms and Policies Page for more information.

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