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                               Animal Behavior Institute
                   Providing online education in applied animal science

                                   Table of Contents
Mission & Values                                                            4

The Founders                                                                5

Location                                                                    5

School Policies and Procedures

      Admission, Tuition & Fees                                             5

            Admissions Requirements                                         5

            Registration                                                    6

            Tuition & Fees                                                  6

            Textbooks                                                       6

            Transfer Credits                                                7

      Grading and Student Status                                            7

            Grading System                                                  7

            Standards for Satisfactory Progress                             7

            Academic Probation, Suspension and Termination                  7

            Student Conduct and Conditions for Dismissal                    7

            Attendance Requirements and Leaves of Absence                   8

            Graduation Requirements                                         8

      Continuing Education Credits                                         9

      Student Records                                                      10

      School Calendar                                                      10

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      Financial Aid                                                         10

             Student Financing                                              10

             Fees                                                           10

             Employer Payment/Reimbursement                                 11

      Refund Policy                                                         11

      Student Grievance Procedures                                          12

Support Services

      Academic Support                                                      12

      Online/Technical Support                                              12

      Career Services                                                       12

Programs and Courses

      General Requirements                                                  13

             Certificate Requirements                                       13

             Multiple Certificates                                          13

      Certificate Requirements and Descriptions                             13

             Animal Assisted Therapy                                        13

             Animal Training and Enrichment                                 14

             Laboratory Animal Behavior                                     14

             Wildlife Rehabilitation                                        15

             Zoo and Aquarium Science                                       15

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      Course Descriptions and Objectives                                 16

Faculty and Staff

      Executive Director                                                 25

      Faculty                                                            25

      Administration                                                     26

      Advisory Board                                                     26

Terms and Conditions                                                     27

Animal Behavior Institute                    (866) 755-0448
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          Animal Behavior Institute, Inc.
             4711 Hope Valley Road
                  Suite 4F-332
               Durham, NC 27707

             Enriching their lives and ours

                                   Our Mission

 Our mission is to improve animal welfare by promoting a greater understanding of
 animals' behavioral and physical needs and by strengthening the human-animal
 bond. We help to achieve that goal by providing affordable, quality education and
 training in the field of applied animal behavior and husbandry. Our courses are all
 offered online to maximize flexibility and availability to our students.

                             Philosophy and Values

1. Our fundamental goal is to promote an improved understanding of animals’
   behavioral needs. This understanding will lead to improved relationships between
   humans and animals, for both animal professionals and individual pet owners.

2. All animals deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. We address this
   value by helping to insure that human professionals using animals are properly
   trained and knowledgeable.

3. Our students also deserve to be treated with respect and compassion. Students
   should have more than one opportunity to demonstrate mastery in a subject
   area and must have access to ongoing professional assistance.

4. We have a mutual obligation, together with related institutions, to share
   information on animal care and to support research and public education to
   improve the quality of life for captive animals.

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The Founders                                   Location and contact information

ABI was founded in 2004 by Dr. Gary            Our administration offices are located
Fortier and Dr. Janis Hammer. Over             in Durham, North Carolina. Our
the last decade, these award-winning           address and contact information is
college faculty have designed and              listed below. However, our faculty
created college majors in Animal               work from locations across the United
Behavior, Training, & Enrichment,              States. All classes are held online,
Animal-Assisted Therapy & Activities,          fostering student participation from
and Zoo & Aquarium Science. These              around the world.
programs have become extremely
popular with students and obviously            Animal Behavior Institute, Inc.
fill a strong need in higher education.        4711 Hope Valley Road
However, it became clear that                  Suite 4F-332
traditional college courses, requiring         Durham, NC 27707
full-time attendance and travel to
campus, were not available to many             Telephone: (866) 755-0448 (toll free)
students. This is particularly true for        E-mail:
non-traditional students that are              Webpage:
restricted to evening classes or
distance education.
                                               POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Drs. Fortier and Hammer founded the
Animal Behavior Institute in order to          Admission, Tuition and Fees
offer behavioral courses and training          Admission Requirements
online.      Web-based,      interactive
courses allow students of all ages to          The Animal Behavior Institute does
obtain professional quality instruction        not discriminate with respect to sex,
without travel, anywhere at any time.          race, age or ethnicity in the admission
The courses and programs offered               of students to our programs.
through the Animal Behavior Institute
provide individualized instruction, cer-
tification, and continuing education           Applying for Admission
credits for animal professionals and all
those that wish to develop a better            The requirements for application to
understanding of animals, their care           any ABI certificate program are:
and behavior, and the human-animal             1. A High School diploma issued by a
bond.                                             U.S. Department of Education or
                                                  State recognized secondary school
                                                  institution or a General Equivalency
                                                  Diploma (GED) or its equivalent.

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2. A $40 application fee payable              Tuition and Fees
   online via credit or debit card
   (U.S.D.).                                  Tuition at ABI is $370 per credit; all
3. Reliable access to a computer and          courses are 3 credits. Thus, the total
   the Internet.                              cost of a typical course, not including
                                              specific class material (such as the
Continuing Education                          textbook), would be:

Students may elect to enroll in               Tuition ($370/credit hour):      $1,110
individual courses to complete their
professional    continuing    education
requirements. If a student chooses to         The total cost of a Certificate pro-
register for a course without formally        gram, which requires completion of
applying to a certificate program there       five classes, is  $5,550      (U.S.D.)
are no requirements other than                International students are welcome;
providing basic individual and billing        foreign currency will be valued at the
information.                                  current exchange rate.

Registration                                  Textbooks typically cost $30-80 per
ABI is open to all students with a high
school diploma (or equivalent) wishing        Textbooks
to pursue an education in the applied
animal sciences. We recommend                 ABI does not sell textbooks. We
completing a strong high school or            provide contact information for online
college biology course prior to               book vendors but students can
enrolling in our programs.                    purchase books from any place they
                                              choose, locally or online. Tuition
Prospective students must submit a            refunds do not include the cost of any
complete enrollment application and           textbooks purchased elsewhere.
be accepted for admission prior to
enrolling in any course at ABI. Once a
student is accepted registration may
be       completed      online     at:

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Transfer Credits                                deadlines for participation in each
                                                discussion are determined by the
Up to 6 credits may be transferred to           course    instructor,  within  these
ABI from another educational insti-             deadlines the participation may take
tution to be used in place of a                 place at the convenience of the
required ABI course. The student                student. The student must provide at
must send a request to the ABI                  least one original response to the
registrar with an official transcript and       discussion topic and a comment or
the $75.00 (U.S.D.) processing fee              reply to the posting of another
per course. Approval is at the                  student. Work must be completed
discretion of the registrars’ office and        within the week assigned; there is no
the ABI course professor. Additional            make-up       work     for    missed
information (course description, sylla-         assignments.
bus) may be required in some cases.
ABI does not provide academic credit            Academic Probation, Suspension
for prior experience.                           and Termination

                                                The    Animal      Behavior    Institute
Grading and Student Status                      provides academic assistance to
Grading System
                                                students through course mechanisms
                                                and direct student-faculty interaction.
Grading Scale:                                  Students that are contemplating
A = 90-100%                                     withdrawal from a course, or that may
B = 80-89%                                      fail to satisfactorily complete all
C = 70-79%                                      requirements, are encouraged to seek
D = 60-69%                                      additional help from their instructor or
F = less than 60%                               the director. Students may retake
                                                courses as necessary to receive a
Standards for Satisfactory                      passing grade; we do not put students
Progress                                        on academic probation or suspension
                                                nor do we terminate students unless
Students must achieve a 70% or                  they    are     dismissed     due     to
better overall to pass the course and           inappropriate conduct.
receive credit towards a certificate.
Each quiz must be passed with a
                                                Student Conduct and Conditions
minimum score of 80%, however,
                                                for Dismissal
quizzes may be repeated until this
score is achieved. Participation in the
                                                ABI champions active and open
weekly discussion is also required and
                                                discussion among our members. All
is part of the grade. Each student has
                                                we ask is that it's done in a lawful and
a different schedule and obligations,
                                                civil manner - be it posting on our
thus, participation is required in only
                                                boards or using our system to email a
9 of the 10 discussions. Weekly
                                                poster directly. Accordingly, you agree

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to use ABI for lawful purposes only.          your password to anyone. If it has
You may not use or allow others to            been lost or stolen, let us know
use your ABI membership to:                   immediately.

* Post or transmit any content that is        Violating the above provisions is
abusive, vulgar, obscene, hateful,            cause for immediate dismissal from
fraudulent, threatening, harassing,           the school without a refund.
defamatory, or which discloses private
or personal matters concerning any
                                              Attendance Requirements &
                                              Leaves of Absence
* Post or transmit any material that
you don't have the right to transmit
under law (such as copyright, trade           Participation in the weekly discussion
secret     or  securities)  or   under        is also required and is part of the
contractual or fiduciary relationships        grade. Each student has a different
(such as nondisclosure agreements);           schedule     and     obligations,  thus,
* Post, transmit, or link to sexually         participation is required in only 9 of
explicit material;                            the 10 discussions. Weekly deadlines
* Impersonate any person, or falsely          for participation in each discussion are
state or otherwise misrepresent your          determined by the course instructor,
affiliation with a person or entity;          within      these      deadlines     the
* Post or transmit any advertising,           participation may take place at the
promotional materials, or other forms         convenience of the student. The
of solicitation including chain letters       student must provide at least one
and pyramid schemes;                          original response to the discussion
* Intentionally violate any other             topic and a comment or reply to the
applicable law or regulation while            posting of another student.
accessing     and    using  our   site;
* Intentionally post or transmit any          Graduation Requirements
file that contains viruses, corrupted
files, "Trojan Horses," or any other          Graduation    from   any    certificate
contaminating or destructive features         program requires completion of 15
that may damage someone else's                credit hours, which includes five
computer.                                     certificate courses required for the
                                              program. Within each course students
You agree to indemnify ABI and hold           must maintain a minimum cumulative
us harmless from any actions, claims,         average of 70%.
proceedings, or liabilities arising out
of your violation of these terms and          In addition, effective June 1, 2010
conditions. You are responsible for all       there will be a Field Requirement of
statements made and acts that occur           40 hours of employment or volunteer
through the use of your user name             work with a relevant institution.
and password; please don't disclose           Forms for position approval and

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documenting hours are available at            an authorized provider recognizes that                     an institution:

The Field Requirement only applies to         1. Demonstrates compliance with
students admitted after June 1, 2010.            proven, research-based standards.
                                              2. Is dedicated to high standards for
                                                 quality in continuing education
Continuing Education Credits                     and training.
                                              3. Awards the IACET CEU, the
The Animal Behavior Institute (ABI) is           hallmark for quality in continuing
licensed by the North Carolina State             education and training.
Board of Community College having
met the requirements of Article 8 of          For more information on the IACET
Chapter 115D of the General Statutes          CEU contact:
of North Carolina. Please note that the
NC State Board of Community                   International Association for
Colleges is not an accrediting agency.        Continuing Education & Training
                                              1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
ABI provides classes for professional         McLean, VA 22102
development and continuing ed-                Phone: (703) 506-3275
ucation credits. ABI is not an
undergraduate or graduate degree              The Animal Behavior Institute has also
granting institution. Our classes are         been reviewed and approved by the
used to meet the continuing education         American Association of Veterinary
requirements for professional asso-           State Boards' Registry of Approved
ciations.                                     Continuing Education. (ABI provider
                                              number = 238) Selected courses meet
The Animal Behavior Institute is an           the requirements for 10 hours of
approved      provider     for    The         continuing    education   credit   for
International     Association      for        veterinarians      and      veterinary
Continuing Education and Training, a          technicians in all jurisdictions that
non-profit association dedicated to           recognize AAVSB RACE approval.
quality continuing education and              Participants should be aware that
training programs. As a result of our         some boards have limitation on the
Authorized Provider status, ABI is            number of hours accepted in certain
authorized to offer IACET Continuing          categories and/or restrictions of
Education Units (CEUs). Each course           certain methods of delivery of
at ABI provides 6 CEU’s that can be           continuing education.
used for maintenance of professional
affiliation with an institution or            The Certification Council for Pro-
professional advancement in related           fessional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has
organizations. IACET criteria are the         also pre-approved the ABI Animal
core of thousands of educational              Training program at the Animal
programs worldwide. Acceptance as             Behavior    Institute  for   CCPDT

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs).             Winter 2011 Semester
The CCPDT is an international testing          Start date: 1/6/11
and certification program for pro-             Last day to register: 12/31/10
fessional dog trainers.
                                               Spring 2011 Semester
In    addition,   ABI   classes   are          Start date: 3/31/11
preapproved for continuing education           Last day to register: 3/24/11
credit with numerous other pro-
fessional associations, such as the
                                               Summer 2011 Semester
International Wildlife Rehabilitation
                                               Start date: 6/23/11
Council and the American Association
                                               Last day to register: 6/16/11
for Laboratory Animal Science.

Accreditation is a voluntary process,          Students may complete their
for both degree-granting institutions          assignments during any time of their
and professional schools offering              choosing during each week. Thus,
continuing education. Check with your          students may elect not to participate
own association if you will be using           on any given day; we do not formerly
our courses for licensing or continuing        observe any religious or secular
education credit.                              holidays.

Student Records                                Financial Aid
                                               Student Financing
Student records are permanently
retained on location. A formal                 To facilitate payment and financial
transcript may be obtained at no cost,         planning, ABI offers payment plans
via written request.                           and convenient monthly payments.
                                               Our payment plan offers:

School Calendar                                  1. Low down payment ($300 per
Classes at the Animal Behavior                   2. No interest.
Institute are taught on a quarterly              3. Payment plans over 12 months.
basis and run for ten weeks, followed               For    example     one     course
by a comprehensive final exam. Start                financed    over    12     months
dates for this year's academic                      requires a monthly payment of
semesters are as follows.                           less than $80.
                                                 4. Quick and easy application
Fall 2010 Semester
                                                 5. Easy    refinancing    for   each
Start date: 9/16/10
                                                    semester, you can finance a
Last day to register: 9/9/10
                                                    single course or your entire

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Fees                                                  education credits, determine
                                                      whether     your    certification
If a student elects a payment plan a                  agency already accepts ABI
$50 processing fee will be added to                   classes. If not, we can assist
the financed amount.                                  you        with       necessary
                                                      documentation     to      pursue
Payment/Reimbursement                           If you have further questions, please
Many professions (veterinarian, vet             or call (866) 755-0448.
technician, nurse, educator, therapist)
require annual continuing education
credits for practitioners to stay               Refund Policy
current and maintain their license.
Most of the courses at ABI qualify for          Students who withdraw before class
CE credits. Furthermore, the know-              begins or within seven (7) calendar
ledge and skills you gain through ABI           days of the start of class will receive a
may enable you to provide new                   full refund of all tuition and fees. The
services to your clients, such as a new         cost of books purchased outside ABI is
animal assisted activities program,             not refunded.
enrichment,    or    animal    training.
Consequently, many employers offer              Students that withdraw after the first
tuition payment or reimbursement for            full week of class will receive a
their employees.                                prorated refund as follows.

To find out more:                               Proportion taught         Tuition
                                                by withdrawal date        Refund
   1. Ask your employer if they have
      a training program or if they             More than 7 days but      75% of
      reimburse expenses for career             less than 25%             program cost
      or job skills training. You may           25% up to but less        50% of
      need to contact your Human                than 50%                  program cost
      Resources department at larger            50% up to but less        25% of
      institutions.                             than 75%                  program cost
   2. Determine what documents are              75% or more               No refund
      needed to obtain funding up
      front or reimbursement after
      the class is completed. ABI will          Students withdrawing after the first
      gladly furnish course informa-            week of class will receive a W on their
      tion or other documentation to            transcript. To withdraw, a student
      assist in this process.                   must contact the registrar in writing
   3. If you are using your course-             at
      work     to    satisfy  continuing

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Student Grievance                                cussion board and direct email.
                                                 Weekly discussions are posted in each
                                                 module on a topic or problem relevant
                                                 to the week’s content. Students
Any student that has a problem or                receive feedback from both the
grievance with the school should                 professor and their student colleagues
contact the faculty member of their              and are encouraged to ask follow up
course, or the executive director on             questions or continue the dialog
any issue that is not course related. If         directly with their instructor. Students
a resolution is not reached with the             experiencing academic difficulty may
faculty member, the student should               contact their instructor or program
then submit a written complaint to the           director for additional assistance.
school director requesting a written             Students may also contact individual
response. Grievances may be directed             faculty members to discuss topics in
to:                                              more detail, ask questions, or explore
                                                 a problem or issue from their own
Executive Director                               professional experience.
Animal Behavior Institute, Inc.
4711 Hope Valley Road
                                                 Online/Technical Support
Suite 4F-332
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (866) 755-0448                            Our online classroom technology is
                                                 provided by Moodle. If you have any
                                                 problems, you can contact us at
If a satisfactory resolution is still not or by
obtained, the student may contact:               calling 866-755-0448 ext 4, Monday
                                                 to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern
NC Community College System                      time.
Academic and Student Services
Office of Proprietary School Licensing           Career Services
and Services
5061 Mail Service Center
                                                 Upon completion of each course the
Raleigh, NC 27699-5016
                                                 student will receive an official letter
Phone: (919) 807-7148
                                                 documenting successful completion of
Fax: (919) 807-7164
                                                 the     course(s)    taken.    Once  all
                                                 requirements      are    met    for the
                                                 certification, the student will receive
SUPPORT SERVICES                                 an official certificate (with the state
                                                 and institutional seals), and a copy of
                                                 the student’s official transcript.
Academic Support
                                                 ABI also provides job search assist-
Throughout the course students have              ance, including resume writing, con-
access to their professor via the dis-           structing cover letters, practicing for

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interviews and finding appropriate job          Therapy and Animal Training & En-
leads. Current students and graduates           richment, successful completion of
have access to these resources and              ABI 331 Animal Behavior will be
assistance.                                     counted towards both certificates. In
                                                this example, the student would only
PROGRAMS & COURSES                              need to take seven courses total to
                                                receive dual certification, since ABI
                                                331 Animal Behavior, ABI 233 Animal
General Requirements                            Training, and ABI 232 The Human-
Certificate Requirements                        Animal Bond would be included in
                                                both certificates.
ABI offers Certificates in Animal
Assisted Therapy, Animal Training and           Certificate Requirements and
Enrichment,      Zoo and     Aquarium
Science, Wildlife Rehabilitation and
Laboratory Animal Behavior. Students
may also elect to take individual               Certificate in Animal Assisted
courses to meet their specific needs            Therapy (AAT) (15 credits)
without completing the full certificate.
Each     certificate  requires       the        Individuals that wish to work or
completion of five courses for a total          volunteer in the field of animal
of 15 credits.                                  assisted activities, therapy and/or
                                                education need a broad based
Many classes have been developed to             understanding of the health and
stand alone, without prerequisites.             behavior of both humans and animals.
Other classes require one or more               Our multidisciplinary program studies
prerequisites as listed in the catalog.         the interactions between people and
                                                their pets. We review the health
                                                benefits of the human-animal bond for
Multiple Certificates                           both people and animals. Students
                                                learn what is involved in the
Students that wish to pursue more               development and running of an
than one certification are welcome to           AAA/T/E program from both the
do so. The student must meet the                human and the animal perspective.
requirements for each certification             The program was developed to
program. Each certificate requires the          provide    the    student  with   the
completion of 15 credits. However,              knowledge and skills to successfully
there is some course overlap due to             and safely organize, implement, and
the nature of the material. If the              manage an AAA/T/E program.
same course is required for more than
one certificate, the student is required        The classes needed to complete the
to take the course only once. For               Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy
example, if you wish to receive                 include four required courses and one
Certification in both Animal Assisted           elective.

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Required Courses                                more. The program also stresses
1. ABI 211 Animal Assisted Therapy              behavioral      and     environmental
2. ABI 232 The Human Animal Bond                enrichment, which is particularly im-
3. ABI 233 Animal Training                      portant in the captive management of
4. ABI 116 Practical Psychology                 wildlife and animals in restricted
Choose one of the following electives
1. ABI 272 Feline Behavior &                    The classes needed to complete the
   Enrichment                                   Certificate in Animal Training and
2. ABI 271 Canine Behavior &                    Enrichment include four required
   Enrichment                                   courses and one elective.
3. ABI 331 Animal Behavior
4. ABI 251 Behavior & Training of               Required Courses
   Marine Mammals                               1. ABI 233 Animal Training
                                                2. ABI 222 Animal Enrichment
Certificate in Animal Training and              3. ABI 331 Animal Behavior
Enrichment (ATE) (15 credits)                   4. ABI 126 Animal Minds & Emotions

The Animal Training and Enrichment              Choose one of the following electives
program at ABI is geared towards                1. ABI 272 Feline Behavior &
animal caregivers and trainers. This               Enrichment
certification program is ideal for those        2. ABI 271 Canine Behavior &
interested in a more comprehensive                 Enrichment
approach to animal training, including          3. ABI 232 The Human-Animal Bond
emphasis      on    environmental    en-        4. ABI 251 Behavior & Training of
richment,     animal    cognition,   and           Marine Mammals
emotions. We emphasize a broad
approach      to   training,   preparing
students to take their animals beyond           Certificate in Laboratory Animal
mere obedience. Courses cover many              Behavior (LAB) (15 credits)
species and many types of skills. We
discuss working with a very wide                The Laboratory Animal Behavior
variety of animals: rats, dogs, cats,           program is designed for students that
parrots, primates, wildlife - the prin-         care for animals in a clinical or
ciples are the same regardless of the           laboratory setting. Maximizing the
species. Our program does not                   welfare of the animals in your care
emphasize the training of specific              requires detailed training in animal
behaviors but rather the integration of         behavior, training and enrichment.
multiple disciplines in behavior. Thus,         The program combines compre-
our graduates can effectively deal              hensive classes in animal training &
with a broad range of training                  enrichment with more specialized
applications, such as the skills                courses exploring the behavior of
required in therapy animals, show               common laboratory species. You can
performance, assistance animals, and            choose from our detailed courses on

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primates, dogs, cats, rodents and              individuals    interested  in   wildlife
rabbits.                                       rehabilitation and to prepare students
                                               for the certification exam admin-
The classes needed to complete the             istered by the International Wildlife
Certificate  in   Laboratory   Animal          Rehabilitation Council.
Behavior include two required courses
and three electives.                           Classes required for a Certificate in
                                               Wildlife Rehabilitation include four
Required Courses                               required courses and one elective.
1. ABI 233 Animal Training
2. ABI 222 Animal Enrichment                   Required Courses
                                               1. ABI 214 Principles of Wildlife
Choose three of the following electives           Rehabilitation
1. ABI 271 Canine Behavior &                   2. ABI 262 Wildlife Management
   Enrichment                                  3. ABI 311 Animal Nutrition,
2. ABI 272 Feline Behavior &                      Health & Disease
   Enrichment                                  4. ABI 142 Environmental Education
3. ABI 378 Behavior & Enrichment                  & Outreach
   of Primates
4. ABI 375 Behavior of Rabbits                 Choose one of the following electives
   & Rodents                                   1. ABI 233 Animal Training
                                               2. ABI 222 Animal Enrichment
Certificate in Wildlife                        3. ABI 331 Animal Behavior
Rehabilitation (WR) (15 credits)

Wildlife rehabilitators are responsible        Certificate in Zoo and Aquarium
for the care and treatment of injured,         Science (ZAS) (15 credits)
orphaned or displaced wildlife. The
ultimate goal is to return healthy             The objective of the Zoo and
animals to the wild by fostering their         Aquarium Science program is to
release into appropriate habitats.             provide training in the care and
Animals that cannot be released may            conservation of wildlife. Our program
be used for educational programs and           includes a comprehensive approach to
outreach when appropriate. Con-                the proper care and management of
sequently,     those    interested   in        wild animals, including exotics and
rehabilitation   careers    should  be         native wildlife. It is the ideal
knowledgeable in public speaking and           complement to a degree in biology or
environmental education, as well as            animal sciences - where coverage of
animal care, nutrition, and disease.           husbandry, care and behavior is often
Professionals in wildlife rehab may            limited to domestic species. Our
work in a number of different institu-         certificate consists of five courses (15
tions with a wide variety of species.          credits) in conservation, husbandry,
Our program was developed for those            nutrition, behavior, training, and

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public     education.    Certification         hospitals, nursing homes, schools and
demonstrates mastery of all material           prisons. We will also review what is
in the program. There are no                   required to start and run a safe and
prerequisites; courses may be taken            effective program.
in any order.
                                               Course outcomes
Classes required for a Certificate in          1. Learn the diverse ways AAA/T/E
Zoo and Aquarium Science include                  can be incorporated into health
four required courses and one                     care and education settings.
elective.                                      2. View AAA/T/E from the client,
                                                  handler and animal perspectives.
Required Courses                               3. Build the components of a safe and
1. ABI 242 Exotic Animal                          effective AAA/T/E program.
   Conservation & Management                   4. Acquire the skills necessary to
2. ABI 221 Husbandry & Record                     participate in an AAA/T/E program.
   Keeping                                     5. Understand the benefits and
3. ABI 311 Animal Nutrition, Health &             concerns of AAA/T/E.
4. ABI 142 Environmental Education             Texts     (2):     "Wanted!    Animal
   & Outreach                                  Volunteers" by M.R. Burch and
                                               "Starting a Visiting-Animal Group" by
Choose one of the following electives          A.R. Howie.
1. ABI 233 Animal Training                     60 clock hours               3 credits
2. ABI 222 Animal Enrichment
3. ABI 251 Behavior & Training of              ABI 331 Animal Behavior
   Marine Mammals
                                               This course builds an evolutionary
                                               framework for understanding why
Course Descriptions and                        animals exhibit particular patterns of
Objectives                                     behavior.     Animal     behavior     is
                                               investigated     through   both     the
                                               ecological processes that have driven
ABI 211 Animal Assisted Therapy
                                               the evolution of behavior and the
                                               physiological mechanisms that allow
There is a rapidly growing movement
                                               behaviors to be performed. Topics
to incorporate animals as part of the
                                               covered     include    genetics    and
therapeutic setting. Students will
                                               behavior, learning, organization of
learn about the difference between
                                               behavior,    communication,     mating
animal assisted activities, therapy and
                                               systems,    paternal    behavior   and
education (AAA/T/E), working animals
                                               cooperation. The principle objective of
and assistance animals. The course
                                               this course is to understand how
will cover working with animals and
                                               natural selection has shaped animal
children, adults, the elderly, and the
disabled in various settings including

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Course outcomes                                     new animal enrichment items at
1. Describe how evolution shapes                    your institution.
   behavior.                                   3.   Measure or evaluate the
2. Understand the relationship                      effectiveness of enrichment items
   between genetics and behavior.                   or methods.
3. Contrast different animal foraging          4.   Understand the role that sociality
   and anti-predatory strategies.                   and training play in the enrichment
4. Recognize different modes of                     process.
   animal communication.                       5.   Design effective enrichment and
5. Define and describe animal                       evaluate items for safety hazards
   reproductive and parental                   6.   Learn multiple methods to address
   behaviors.                                       enrichment issues, including
6. Understand how social behavior                   furniture, caging setup, foraging
   and cooperation can evolve.                      opportunities, etc.

Text:      "Animal  Behavior:    an            Text: "Environmental Enrichment for
Evolutionary Approach" by J. Alcock            Captive Animals" by R. Young.
(8th edition).                                 Optional but recommended: "Second
60 clock hours             3 credits           Nature: Environmental Enrichment for
                                               Captive Animals", D.J. Shepherdson
ABI 222 Animal Enrichment                      (ed.)
                                               60 clock hours              3 credits

Behavioral      and      environmental
enrichment will be explored in a               ABI 126 Animal Minds & Emotions
comprehensive approach. This will
include an overview of animals’                Animal lovers and pet owners have
psychological needs, a systematic              long known what behaviorists have
approach for coupling enrichment               only recently acknowledged: that
solutions to animal problems, practical        animals       are sentient   beings,
suggestions       on     design     and        possessing minds, emotions, and
application, and a discussion of               immense cognitive abilities. We will
assessment          and       long-term        explore the evidence for animal
application. Major components of               cognition and emotions, particularly
enrichment will be reviewed with               with respect to animal training,
respect to the Animal Welfare Act and          enrichment, and improving their
the principles of animal management.           quality of life.

Course outcomes                                Course outcomes
1. Establish effective goals/objectives        1. Compare and contrast the
   for an animal enrichment program.              differences between human vs.
2. Develop a process (or potential                animal perception, including
   process) for creating and approving

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     sensory and processing                    3. Recognize nutritional diseases by
     differences.                                 their symptoms and know how to
2.   Recognize the primary and                    treat them.
     secondary core emotions in                4. Know where to find appropriate
     animals.                                     references for additional
3.   Distinguish and manage different             information on nutrition, health
     forms of animal aggression.                  and disease.
4.   Learn how fear develops in animals        5. Construct an appropriate diet for a
     and how to manage it successfully.           wide variety of animals, including
5.   Develop a better understanding of            correct caloric and nutritive
     animal communication and                     content.
6.   Learn how animals "think" - their         Text:    Optional:   "Exotic    Animal
     cognitive functions.                      Medicine     for    the     Veterinary
                                               Technician", by B. Ballard & R. Cheek.
Texts (2): "Animals in Translation" by         60 clock hours                3 credits
Temple Grandin and "Minds of Their
Own"       by     Lesley      Rogers.          ABI 233 Animal Training
60 clock hours               3 credits

                                               This    course     explores    operant
ABI 311 Animal Nutrition, Health               conditioning and the basic principles
and Disease                                    of animal psychology and learning
                                               theory. Students will learn how to use
This course in animal health will              these principles to train domestic and
review pathology and the disease               exotic animals and improve their
process. However, prevention is the            captive husbandry and psychological
key to animal health, and proper               well being.
nutrition is the cornerstone of that
process. Thus, we will review general          Course outcomes
principles of nutrition and then               1. Create and implement an effective
explore the impact of ecology and life            training plan for a wide variety of
history on nutritional requirements               behaviors and species.
across the animal kingdom.                     2. Apply different schedules and
                                                  forms of reinforcement to training.
Course outcomes                                3. Develop an understanding of the
1. Understand the basics of animal                extinction process and how it can
   nutrition, such as macronutrients,             be used in training.
   micronutrients and vitamins.                4. Distinguish between time outs,
2. Develop an understanding of the                negative reinforcement, avoidance
   relationship between wild diets and            learning and DRO; apply each
   how they influence captive diets.              properly during training.
                                               5. Put a behavior on cue.

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6. Learn how animals form memories               5. Recognize the common diseases of
   and the factors that influence how               aquatic animals and create a
   long they are retained.                          treatment plan.

Texts (2): “Essentials of Conditioning           Text:     No   textbook  required.
& Learning” (3rd ed.) by M. Domjan,              "Aquariology" by John Gratzek is
“Don't Shoot the Dog” (2nd ed.) by K.            recommended      as   an  optional
Pryor.                                           supplement.
60 clock hours                3 credits          60 clock hours           3 credits

ABI 161 Aquatic Animal Health                    ABI 378 Behavior & Enrichment of
The first part of Aquatic Animal Health
will introduce you to the basics of              Primates are well known for their
water quality control in an aquatic              complex behaviors, social systems
environment. This course will focus on           and communication. Proper care and
ornamental aquaculture and marine                management      demand     that    we
mammal      management.      You   will          understand these behaviors and
develop an understanding of the                  implement     the    most    effective
various water parameters; their                  enrichment strategies possible. We
significance to health of the animal;            will take a systematic look at the
and what happens to the animals if               behavioral needs of primate species in
these parameters go outside of their             captivity and how enrichment can be
normal range. In the second part of              used to maximize their psychological
this course, you will learn to identify          well being.
diseases that may affect aquatic
animals and some of the more                     Course outcomes
common treatment options.                        1. Understand the process of normal
                                                    development and predict how
Course outcomes                                     deviations will affect adult
1. Understand the basics of water                   behavior.
   chemistry and quality.                        2. Distinguish between normal and
2. Modify the parameters of a water                 abnormal behavior; recognize the
   supply to provide proper marine or               most common forms of
   freshwater environments.                         stereotypical or self-injurious
3. Maintain balanced aquatic                        behavior.
   environments for a wide variety of            3. Create an enrichment plan to
   animal life.                                     reduce undesirable behavior or to
4. Understand the basic pathology of                increase the range of species-
   disease, particularly as it applies to           typical behaviors.
   aquatic environments.                         4. Treat or prevent the development
                                                    of primate fears and phobias.

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5. Design and implement an effective            6. Prepare for a career in the marine
   training plan to facilitate                     mammal field and improve your
   husbandry, enrichment or                        ability to obtain internships and
   research.                                       paid positions.
6. Create and implement an
   assessment plan to determine the             Texts (2): "Whales With Fur: How to
   effectiveness of enrichment and              train any animal using dolphin training
   behavioral management efforts.               techniques" by Pete Davey and "A
                                                Dolphin in Front of You" also by Pete
Text: from "The Life of Primates" by            Davey. Optional but recommended:
Pia Nystrom and Pamela Ashmore                  "Animal Training: Successful Animal
60 clock hours                3 credits         Management        Through      Positive
                                                Reinforcement" by Ken Ramirez.
ABI 251 Behavior & Training of                  60 clock hours                3 credits
Marine Mammals
                                                ABI 375 Behavior of Rabbits and
We will explore how operant                     Rodents
conditioning and training techniques
can be used to train a variety of               Rabbits and rodents are the most
marine mammals, such as dolphins,               widely used models of disease; they
orcas, sea lions and sea otters. The            occupy a prominent place in the world
course will also include a discussion of        of research. Despite their prominence,
the field of marine mammal training             however, animal caregivers are often
and guidance on how to break into               unfamiliar with the range of behaviors
this competitive field.                         and behavioral needs in captivity. We
                                                will review their species-specific
Course outcomes                                 behaviors in depth and explore how
1. Develop a "toolbag" of training              this knowledge can be used to
   techniques applicable to marine              improve their welfare in captivity.
2. Train for complex behaviors,                 Course outcomes
   including husbandry procedures,              1. Recognize and describe species-
   exercise, mental stimulation, and               specific behaviors in small
   veterinary care.                                mammals, including:
3. Write and implement a quality                      a. aggression
   training plan.                                     b. dominance/submission
4. Troubleshoot your own training or                  c. territoriality
   the training of others.                            d. reproductive behaviors
5. Learn advanced training issues,              2. Evaluate welfare via behavioral
   such as working with aggression or              profiles.
   training multiple animals                    3. Understand group dynamics and
   simultaneously.                                 how to form and house animals in

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4. Use enrichment to improve the                6. Understand the different sexual
   quality of life for small mammals.              and maternal behaviors in dogs
5. Understand and interpret the                    and how to maximize breeding
   results of common behavioral                    success.
                                                Text: "The Dog's Mind: Understanding
Text:    No    text     is     required.        Your Dog's Behavior" by Bruce Fogle.
60 clock hours                 3 credits        60 clock hours              3 credits

ABI 271 Canine Behavior and                     ABI 142 Environmental Education
Enrichment                                      and Outreach

The effective training and husbandry            Gone is the day when animal care
of dogs requires that we understand             staff could work in isolation, ignoring
their      communication       signals,         the public and leaving educational
recognize    signs   of   stress   and          efforts to others. Today's keepers are
aggression, and take a proactive                a    vital   part    of  environmental
stance in preventing the development            education. Through keeper talks,
of stereotypical or self-destructive            shadowing, and formal presentations
behavior. This course will focus on             the animal care staff at nearly all
canine body language, communication             institutions contribute to the public's
and behavior. We will review how                understanding of animal care and
enrichment and socialization can be             conservation. This course will provide
used to address behavioral issues in a          guidance in producing effective talks,
variety of captive settings from                presentations and graphics - helping
laboratories to dog day care.                   you     to   effectively  reach    your
Course outcomes
1. Understand the social organization           Course outcomes
   and mental development of young              1. Determine and employ the most
   dogs.                                           effective methods to communicate
2. Categorize breeds according to                  and network with different
   their behavioral needs and                      audiences (i.e., news releases,
   enrichment them accordingly.                    workshops, exhibits).
3. Treat or prevent the development             2. Build environmentally responsible
   of canine fears and phobias.                    behavior through a variety of
4. Create effective enrichment plans               educational techniques.
   that will meet the needs of dogs             3. Evaluate conservation programs in
   based on breed and housing.                     relation to their objectives; design
5. Distinguish different forms of                  effective questionnaires and
   aggression and form effective plans             methodologies.
   for management.                              4. Modify programs based on pilot

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5. Serve as a resource for schools,            5. Implement educational
   connecting classes with                        programming in the zoo or
   conservation and tying                         aquarium environment.
   conservation education programs
   to academic standards.                      Text: "Wild Mammals in Captivity" by
                                               D.G. Kleiman, M.E. Allen, K.V.
Text: "Conservation Education &                Thompson,      and   S.   Lumpkin.
Outreach    Techniques" by    S.K.             60 clock hours            3 credits
Jacobson            et         al.
60 clock hours           3 credits             ABI 272 Feline Behavior and
ABI 242 Exotic Animal Manage-
ment and Conservation                          While most species of cat are
                                               relatively asocial, they still have social
In this course we will explore                 needs. We will take an in-depth look
population    management     from    a         at feline behaviors, communication,
regional and global perspective.               and body language. Enrichment and
Conservation      efforts,   including         training will be discussed in light of
Species Survival Plans (SSP), will be          managing cats in the home, lab, or
reviewed with an emphasis on the               zoo environment. However, emphasis
roles   of   zoos    and   aquariums.          will be on the domestic cat (Felis
Education, captive breeding, natural           catus). Specific enrichment strategies
reintroduction, endangered species             will    be    evaluated        for   their
protection, and human-animal conflict          effectiveness in treating or preventing
will be covered with respect to their          problem behaviors in captivity.
impact on population management.
                                               Course outcomes
Course outcomes                                1. Understand the physical and
1. Understand the relationship                    mental development of young cats.
   between attendance and the                  2. Recognize normal and problem
   success of a zoo or aquarium.                  behaviors in cats and create
2. Manage a captive population of                 effective treatment plans.
   animals to promote genetic                  3. Treat or prevent the development
   diversity.                                     of feline fears and phobias.
3. Know which organizations are                4. Create effective enrichment plans
   responsible for federally regulating           that will meet the needs of cats
   or accrediting zoos and aquariums              based on housing and use.
   and which acts are enforced.                5. Distinguish different forms of
4. Understand the special challenges              aggression and form effective plans
   related to caring for elephants and            for management.

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6. Understand the different sexual              7. Manage the animal component of
   and maternal behaviors in cats and              human-animal interactions.
   how to maximize breeding success.
                                                Text: “The Powerful Bond between
Text: "Feline Behavior" (2nd Edition)           People and Pets” by P. Elizabeth
by           Bonnie          Beaver.            Anderson.
60 clock hours              3 credits           60 clock hours           3 credits

ABI 232 The Human-Animal Bond                   ABI 221 Husbandry and Record
This course explores the history and
psychology of human relationships               Proper management of wild animals in
with animals and nature. The student            captivity    requires   a    thorough
will learn about the relationship               understanding      of  both    general
between people and animals by                   principles   of   care  and    specific
discussing               domestication,         husbandry practices. Furthermore,
socialization,    religion,     culture,        proper communication, often via
farming, research, and pets. Other              record keeping, is also a key
topics include pet overpopulation,              component of animal care and
relinquishment, bonding, and health             welfare. We will review methods of
benefits from the bond (for people              tracking and maintaining quality data
and animals). The principal objective           on all aspects of husbandry.
is to gain an understanding of the
various roles animals play in our lives.
                                                Course outcomes
Course outcomes
1. Understand the complexity of the             1. Communicate the principles of
   human-animal bond and how it has                safety in zoo and aquarium
   changed over time.                              environments.
2. Describe the ethical issues                  2. Facilitate good communication in a
   surrounding animals in society.                 zoo/aquarium environment.
3. Describe the benefits of human-              3. Manage behavior to maximize
   animal interaction to both animals              breeding success.
   and people.                                  4. Implement sound sanitation
4. Understand legal standing of                    practices.
   animals in society and how it                5. Formulate the correct diet for a zoo
   impacts their use.                              animal.
5. Become aware of potential                    6. Know the basics of record keeping
   problems in human-animal                        and be familiar with related
   interaction.                                    software.
6. Manage the human component of
   human-animal interactions.                   Text: "Wild Mammals in Captivity" by
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Thompson,      and       S.        Lumpkin          (mammals,       birds,    reptiles  and
60 clock hours                     3 credits        amphibians). Nutrition and disease
                                                    will be reviewed only briefly as these
ABI 116 Practical Psychology                        topics are covered in detail in a
                                                    separate course. Ethics and standards
                                                    will also be included and will be an
Careers working with animals also                   integral part of class discussions.
require     working     with     people.
Understanding         people          and
interpersonal relationships is critical to          Course outcomes
a successful career of any kind. The                1. Recognize and deal with
focus of this course is to provide a                   emergency situations, such as
basic understanding of how people                      shock.
relate to each other, and how to work               2. Calculate fluid needs for an animal
successfully with others. Topics to be                 and select the best route of
discussed include emotions, learning,                  administration.
motivation, perception and body                     3. Identify and treat different types of
language.                                              wounds in wildlife.
                                                    4. Establish good sanitation practices
                                                       to reduce the risk of disease;
Course outcomes                                        recognize symptoms of common
1. Correctly interpret body language.                  zoonoses.
2. Develop a basic understanding of                 5. Determine the nutrient
   different personality types.                        requirements for an animal and
3. Understand how to work with                         formulate the proper diet.
   different personality types.                     6. Determine correct size for wildlife
4. Motivate others and encourage                       housing under a variety of health
   desired behaviors.                                  conditions.
5. Deal more effectively with difficult             7. Assess wildlife prior to release and
   people.                                             determine status.

Text: "Reading People" by Jo-Ellan                  Text: "Practical Wildlife Care" (2nd
Dimitrius   and  "The   Everything                  edition)     by     Les      Stocker.
Psychology Book" by Lynda L.                        60 clock hours              3 credits
60 clock hours           3 credits
                                                    ABI 262 Wildlife Management

ABI 214 Principles            of   Wildlife
Rehabilitation                                      Proper management of wild animals in
                                                    captivity  requires    a   thorough
A comprehensive course covering                     knowledge    of    natural   history,
rehabilitation methods, physiology,                 population management, and habitat
housing, treatment, and husbandry of                management. We will cover these
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topics relevant to the release and             a college professor, teaching wildlife
reintroduction of wildlife, including          management, animal behavior, animal
habitat assessment, carrying capacity          training, and enrichment. He has long
and human-wildlife conflict.                   championed active learning strategies
                                               and promoted the development of
Course outcomes                                online courses. He chaired an animal
1. Use an integrated approach to the           science department at a distinguished
   different techniques of wildlife            private college for many years where
   management.                                 he continues to hold a tenured faculty
2. Manage human-wildlife conflict in           position.    He has also served as
   suburban neighborhoods.                     Director of Behavioral Enrichment at
3. Mitigate or reduce the impact of            the Elmwood Park Zoo and is active in
   wildlife on agriculture.                    research on the behavioral enrichment
4. Understand the differences                  of wildlife, companion animals and
   between diversion, exclusion and            laboratory animals.
   habitat manipulation.
5. Compare and contrast different              Dr. Fortier can be reached at
   estimators for population size and or (866)
   choose the most effective                   755-0448.
6. Assess habitat for its potential            Faculty
   value for wildlife release or
   reintroduction.                             Sherry Baker, MS
                                               Assistant Professor
Text:     "Resolving Human-Wildlife            Education: BA, Univ. of Mississippi
Conflicts: The Science of Wildlife             Master of Family Therapy,
Damage Management" by Michael R.               Hahnemann University
60 clock hours           3 credits             Elisa Bobrin, DVM
                                               Associate Professor
                                               Education: BS, American University
FACULTY AND STAFF                              DVM, University of Florida

Executive Director                             Rene’ Brooks, DC
                                               Associate Professor
                                               Education: BS, Delaware Valley
Gary Fortier, Ph.D.
Executive Director
                                               DC, Los Angeles College of
Education: BA Cornell       University,
Ph.D. Boston University

Dr. Fortier has extensive experience
as both a researcher and an educator.
He has over 20 years of experience as

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Jennifer Campbell, Ph.D.                      Administration
Associate Professor
Education: BS, Virginia
                                              Rene Brooks, Director of
Commonwealth University
                                              Academic Advising
Ph.D., Duke University
Pete Davey
Assistant Professor                           Judy Harchar, Registrar
Education: BS, University of Michigan

Tracey Depaul                                 Laura Hoyt, Director of Admissions
Assistant Professor                 
Education: BS, Temple University
                                              Advisory Board
Nicole Dorey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Education: BS, University of Florida          Genevieve Andrews-Kelly
MS, University of North Texas                 Veterinary Associate
                                              Merck & Co., Inc
PhD, University of Exeter
                                              Nancy Thorne Cahill
Genevieve Andrews-Kelly                       Executive Director
Assistant Professor                           The Canine Connection
Education: BS, Rutgers University
                                              Ed Chroscinski, VMD
Kristen Lewis                                 Assistant Professor of Animal Science
Assistant Professor                           Delaware Valley College
Education: BS, University of Delaware
                                              Janis Hammer, VMD
Christine Remington                           Veterinarian
Assistant Professor                           Private Practice
Education: BS, Framingham State
College                                       Reginald Hoyt. MS
MS, North Carolina A & T State                President, CEO
University                                    Forest Partners International

Chris Waldron                                 Karen Lasker
Assistant Professor                           Director
Education: BS, Pennsylvania State             The Brody Project for Animal Assisted
University                                    Therapy

                                              LaVonne Meunier, DVM
                                              Director Veterinary Medicine
                                              GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals

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