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  Newsletter 24 September 2021  

Hello Visitor,

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

Certificant Highlight

BobbyBrettBobby Brett, CPBT-KA a Senior Animal Trainer, for San Diego Zoo took a few minutes to talk to us about his certification process.

“The decision to take the IATCB Certification was an easy one for me, for many different reasons. I try my hardest to take advantage of opportunities for professional growth and this seemed to be the epitome of putting my knowledge to the test... literally. Through my work with Natural Encounters, Inc., working with Dr. Susan Friedman in person and through her Living and Learning with Animals course, and my own personal studying I needed a way to prove to myself that I knew the concepts and science behind animal husbandry and training. Being able to obtain the certification was the perfect way to solidify my knowledge and add a boost to my professional career. Luckily, all that hard work through the years paid off! Now, since getting my certification in 2013 I have been able to get enough CEU's to re-certify. Currently, I am a Senior Wildlife Care Specialist with the San Diego Zoo where I am lucky to use my knowledge of animal training to our growing collection of mixed species including an aardvark, beaver, even a Black-Throated Monitor, while still keeping in touch with my roots through our 11 amazing birds!”

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

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

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! 

Trainers Talk

Not Bird Brains: Research Suggests Hummingbirds Use Numbers To Find Flowers; Sara Tabin

hummingbirdMost people know hummingbirds are tiny, cute and fun to watch. What they may not realize is that they are smart, too.

Scientists from the University of St. Andrews found evidence suggesting hummingbirds keep track of where flowers are located using basic math.

For the study, feeders with sugar water in them were placed in the territory of nine wild hummingbirds. After the birds learned to drink from the feeders, researchers replaced them with ten identical feeders in a line. Only one of those feeders contained sugar water. The rest were empty. Read on…

Species Spotlight

Aardvark ; Orycteropus afer

Aardvarks are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Aardvarks occupy grassland and savanna habitats in sub-Saharan Africa, preferring areas that have a large abundance of ants and termites year round. The location of their burrow may differ from where they forage, in which case they walk between the two sites at night. Aardvarks have very thick skin and do not possess a fat layer. They are notable for their long nose, which is wider at the distal end, their squared-off head, and a tail that tapers off toward the tip. The body is massive and they have very muscular limbs ending in thick-nailed digits. Aardvarks have 4 toes on the forefeet and 5 toes on the hind feet, each ending in a spade-like claw that helps them to dig with great speed and force. Digging is used both to acquire food and as a means of escape. Aardvarks live for up to 18 years in the wild. In chuman care, aardvarks are expected to live for about 23 years. Aardvarks are important in their ecosystem because the holes they dig are used by a variety of other animals for shelter. These include hyenas, warthogs, squirrels, hedgehogs, mongooses, and bats, as well as birds and reptiles. IUCN reports: Although Aardvarks are not commonly seen, they are often relatively common in suitable habitats. However, their numbers in some countries are undoubtedly reduced by the bushmeat trade and by habitat alteration, and this is something that should be monitored if possible. Despite this, given their widespread, nearly pan-African distribution south of the Sahara, and there occurrence in many large protected areas, there is no good reason to adjust their Red List status at present. The species is listed as Least Concern.

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.