Global Online Animal Training Summit


The Live Event has concluded, and this great content is now available On-Demand! Check out the video below to get a taste of what you will learn.

Don't Take our Word for It! Here is What Participants Had to Say

It was truly a global event with 25 countries represented! I have been flooded with messages of gratitude to all of those who shared their expertise. It has been an honor to bring you these amazing professionals. Here are just a few of the wonderful compliments received.

"I want to say THANK YOU!!!!! for hands down the best conference I have attended this year.:-)  LOVED the format, the speakers were outstanding, and you did an outstanding job facilitating.  Kudos all around!!!  I am SOO excited about what I saw and learned there.  Can't wait to put it into practice!!:-)"

"Listening and learning from new voices was refreshing and invigorating. Too difficult to choose my favorite presenter. All was stellar and offered information that complimented the other presenters' subject matter."

"I already learned something new in the first 10 minutes!"

"You got some seriously awesome presenters!"

"Wow, I for one have so much to digest. I am grateful for this opportunity to get nearly overwhelmed with new information!"

"Thank you so much. I couldn't be happier I signed up."

"Thank you! Such a brilliant learning experience!"

"Thank you from a small zoo in S. Korea!"


What is GOATS?

GOATS is a 2 day virtual event catered towards professionals and aspiring professionals who work with exotic animals in managed care. This event is primarily focused on providing attendees 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 event also features live training demonstrations from around the world.  Participants also have the opportunity to partake in two Mastermind Sessions in which we discuss a hot topic in the animal training field.



Each day will feature 4 presentations, 2 live training demonstrations and we will have two Mastermind Sessions. We will take a break for lunch. However we will have special viewing options you won't want to miss during the lunch break. We recommend trying to stick around.  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. Here is a link to the general schedule. (Please note the schedule is subject to change to accommodate our panel of international presenters and live training demos.)



Confirmed speakers are Gerry Creighton (Ireland), Parvene Farhoody, PhD (USA), Hillary Hankey (USA), Barbara Heidenreich (USA), Jim Mackie (UK), and Annette Pedersen (Denmark.) You can learn more about the topics and presentations by visiting this page. Training demonstrations are currently planned to be streaming live from the following facilities: Copenhagen Zoo, Oregon Zoo,  Santa Barbara Zoo  and Turtle Bay Exploration Park (These are subject to change. The schedule will become more finalized as our event dates get closer.)



We have two categories of Registration: Members and Non-Members. Members refers to people who belong to the online education program (See our terms for the definition of "member".) Registration allows you to participate in the live event. You will also receive access to the recorded versions of the presentations from presenters who have granted permission to record. Live Training Demonstrations, the Mastermind Session,  Live Q and A, Virtual Swag Bag, and Drawings are all features of the live registration. 

Registration Member Live Event: $40 with current active membership (see terms)

Registration Non Member Live Event:  $80

Access to Presentation Recordings Only: $65

Visit the Registration Page to Compare the Benefits of Each Option



Here are the goodies we have lined up so far.....

Virtual Swag Bag: Each registrant will receive access to the virtual Swag Bag. This features a variety of virtual gifts, free offers, educational material, discounts, coupon codes, etc. from our sponsors and other providers that we selected especially for this event.

Summit Super Prizes:  Each day a name will be chosen from all the registrants to receive a free individual lifetime membership to valued at $399/year US. We will also give away 1 Premium Annual Membership Valued at $270 US to the Winners to be announced via recorded video during the lunchtime entertainment and notified via email. You do not need to be present to win, but trust me it will be more fun! (Current members will have their memberships amended)

GOATS Gifts: You 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 via recorded video during the lunchtime entertainment and/or breaks and notified via email. You do not need to be present to win, but trust me it will be more fun! Check out all the latest GOATS Goodies here.



We have some great sponsors supporting this educational opportunity. These sponsors were also selected because we believe in their products. Participants can look forward to a virtual swag bag featuring great deals from our sponsors. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see some of our sponsors or visit our sponsor page here.

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As an animal training consultant who travels 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 have had the idea for GOATS for more than a year. 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 has made it easier to organize online events. So perhaps the idea doesn't seem so original anymore, but that is OK, because now it is easier to accomplish. And with my online education platform in place for over two years it is definitely time to bring you these great presenters and excellent information.  The exotic animal training community has been in need of an affordable opportunity to share expert knowledge more globally at a live I am very excited to bring you GOATS! And I am so very happy you are here! ~  Barbara Heidenreich



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

Refunds: Refunds are permitted up to Midnight Central time (Austin TX, USA) October 20th , 2020. Minus a $5 service charge. This is because merchant servers charge a fee we do not recover for refunds. Refunds are not provided on the recorded material. 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.

Agree: By registering for this event you agree to the Terms, Policies and the Code of Conduct. Please see the Terms and Policies Page for more information.


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