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  Newsletter 23 September 2020  

Hello Visitor,

IATCB hopes that all of you are staying safe and healthy during this time.

Certificant Highlight

Scott Trauger, CPBT-KA, Supervisor at Natural Encounters, Inc. took a few minutes to talk to us about his certification process.

 ScottTrauger"I had been in the animal training field for over 10 years before I attempted certification.  When I was first starting to gain experience and knowledge in the field, there was a lot of really great resources through both books and humans to learn from.  There just wasn't a certification that put all of that knowledge together in one neat package.  Fast forward a few years and IATCB was formed and a certification test for bird trainers was developed.  In an effort to further my personal growth and knowledge, as well as discussions with my mentors, all signs pointed to this certification as that next step for my professional growth.  I am fortunate to work for Natural Encounters, Inc., where we have some of the best resources, both humans and books alike, for studying for such an exam.  On top of that, I had recently completed the course offered by Dr. Susan Friedman called Living and Learning with Animals.  That was a wonderful encapsulation of the science behind behavior change and that course really helped create a solid foundation for my studying efforts.  These resources, along with the position statements offered through the IAATE website led to a successful completion and certification from the testing.

I feel fortunate to have learned about the test though great organizations like ABMA and IAATE, as well as through my employer at NEI.  I feel this knowledge gained from the test allow me to better communicate with both the animals and humans in my life.  I encourage anyone considering this test to take that leap of faith and just try.  When the worst that can happen is that we learn along the way, then that is still progress.  If that same progress can help us to help our animals have a higher quality of welfare, then we all come out on top."

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Want to find out more about setting these types of standards within your facility or becoming certified? Contact the IATCB board by visiting our website!

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Looking for the study guide for the CPAT- KA exam?  Click here

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Testing Cycles for 2020

Fall Testing is October 24 – November 7, 2020 ... Application deadline September 9, 2020


Go to PTCNY to learn more about who’s eligible to take the exams, download the handbook and start studying!!!

Our testing company, PTC has partnered with Prometric for Computer-Based Testing.  Learn More here.  With Prometrics there are no additional International Testing fees!!

Already certified?

The CPBT-KA and CPAT-KA credential is valid for 5 years from the date it is awarded. To renew the credential a certificant must either re-take the examination after 5 years or accumulate sixty Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by attending IATCB approved workshops, seminars, classes, or conferences.   Head over to here to check out a list of approved CEUs!

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Do you have to work at home during this pandemic?  Check Out Natural Encounters  NEI- tech for ways to earn CEUs.  They have a list of webinars for purchase here.

Trainers Talk

keaKea prove they have the same skills as primates. Amber-Leigh Woolf

Kea have been found to have skills which mirror those from infants and chimpanzees.

The quirky alpine parrot has long claimed the title as New Zealand's smartest bird, and now researchers from the University of Auckland have put them to the test.

"The results from the study are surprising as they mirror those from infants and chimpanzees," PhD candidate Amalia Bastos said.

Species Spotlight

Ibex, Capra ibex

ibexAlpine ibex, Capra ibex, are found in central Europe south to northern Ethiopia and east to Central China.  They are mountain animals usually living at elevations up to 3,200 meters. Males stay up on the rock cliffs during the day, whereas females stay below in the rolling slopes and brushy areas. At night they will all move down into the forest for the night to feed.  Their coats are uniformly brown to gray, with thick beards.  Females live in social hierarchies that consist of 10 – 20 females in a herd with one dominant female. Males live in smaller herds of about 6 – 8, until the fall when the males rut. During this time males become solitary and are aggressive to other males. Some males live solitary all year long.  Ibex are herding animals which are subject to a wide variety predators. Eagles, bears, leopards and humans all play significant roles in regulating the ibex population.  As a browser, this ibex probably influences the vegetational community, As a prey species, it is likely that the availablitliy of ibex affects the populations of predators. IUCN states this species is listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is not declining at nearly the rate required to qualify for listing in a threatened category. The species needs conservation action to prevent future decline.

The International Avian Trainers Certification Board and the International Animal Trainers Certification Board, IATCB, offers you a way to gain professional credibility, increase your earnings potential, and advance your career. We live in a competitive world, and animal trainers are no different than anyone else looking for advanced knowledge and skill in their profession.  IATCB endorses  voluntary certification by examination for all professionals involved with animals, including trainers, educators, handlers, veterinarians, and all others involved in the care and handling of animals.