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  Newsletter 06 August 2020  

Hello Visitor,

Certificant Highlight

HannahBakerHannah Baker, CPBT-KA, Curator of Ambassador Animals took a few minutes to talk to us about his certification process.

"I currently work as the Ambassador Animal Curator at the Little Rock Zoo in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I spend my days working with around 150 education animals, (from penguins, to raptors, to parrots, snakes, and small mammals) in the zoo’s Conservation Education Department. 

What initially inspired me to take the test was that I saw it as an opportunity to not only gain creditability for myself among colleagues, but to gain credibility for the bird show/education field as a whole. By holding yourself to these standards, you are showcasing a dedication for always learning and maintaining best practices in our field of work. My institution sees this certification as a major source of pride for our zoo, and I’m lucky to work at a place that whole-heartedly encourages professional goals and development.

To those thinking of getting certified, I really encourage you to build relationships with other animal training professionals and institutions. We work in a highly supportive community of people that are doing some incredible things with animals and animal training; use their knowledge and experiences to your advantage!"

We would love to highlight you or your facility in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Let us know the amazing things that you are doing to help raise the bar! Contact for more information.

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!

Are you a Hopeful Certificant?

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!

Important ... When claiming your CEUs you must send us your request no later than two months after the event. Also, as the number of CEU claims has risen recently they are only processed once-per-week. If you have not heard fromus that your has been updated within two weeks of sending your request, please email us and let us know.


Trainers Talk

Four Different Strategies to Condition Duration by Peter Giljam

zoospensefull“Whether you’re working on a voluntary mouth open, an ultrasound, or perhaps conditioning a blood sample with the tiger or rectal exam with elephants. All of these behaviours have one thing in common, and that is the duration of the behaviour. We have all trained many different animals, all with a different goal, one of the biggest challenges trainers encounter is to teach the animal duration. There are a few techniques one can use to teach an animal duration, whether stationary or in a behaviour.” Read On…

Species Spotlight

woodcockAmerican Woodcock, Scolopax minor, are short, plump, compact birds with very long bills that are specialized for feeding on earthworms. Woodcocks are mottled brown, rich buff and gray in a way that camouflages them well in woodland habitat. Their heads are large, with three dark bands across the back. Woodcocks have large brown eyes that are set far back in the skull, providing rearview binocular vision. Their wings are broad and rounded. Females are generally larger than males. American woodcocks occurs only in North America. They are distributed widely in the eastern United States and southeast Canada. They are found in forests with open areas. A mosaic of young forests and abandoned farm fields is ideal. American woodcocks use vocalizations and physical displays to communicate. They make at least four recognized calls, including the Peent, Tuko, Chirping and Cackle. Males perform a spectacular display called a “song flight” or “sky dance”, presumably to attract potential mates. Males mate with multiple females and give no parental care. The nesting female is quick to abandon a nest if it is disturbed in the early stages of incubation. Later on, she may respond to an intruder by first lying low and motionless, then flushing from the nest and feigning injury to distract the intruder. The female broods the nestlings only until they dry off; they all leave the nest together a few hours after hatching. She feeds the young for a week but they begin to probe for food on their own at 3-4 days. About a month later they become independent. Woodcocks are generally solitary, though they may group into small clusters of 2–4 individuals. IUCN list them as Least Concern, this species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion.

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.