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  Newsletter 11 August 2020  

Hello Visitor,

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.

Hopeful Certificant Highlight

IATCB would like to encourage you to become certified. Our Certification Examination for Professional Animal Trainers has its first testing cycle this month! Don’t forget to register and start studying!

Carson Jones took a moment to tell us why he’d like to become a CPAT-KA. Good Luck Carson in your studies!carson

“I’m Carson Jones and I’m an Animal Care Professional with Elephants at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, AL. I first heard about the exam several years ago and was intrigued at the opportunity to expand my training knowledge. However when the exam focuses solely on birds, I was worried that the material wouldn’t translate to the animals I was working with. However, with the new exam I am excited for the opportunity to utilize the skills and knowledge on a regular basis. I am a full believer that you never stop learning and this certification provides an ideal chance to test my training skills. Training is a constantly evolving topic and we should work hard to continue to develop our skills and knowledge.”

What should I study?

      Click here: and download the handbook, it contains the study guide!

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!

Testing Cycles for 2019

Testing cycles are the same time for both the Certification Examination for Professional Bird Trainers and the Certification Examination for Professional Animal Trainers

Spring 2019 Testing Dates

Application Deadline: January 18, 2019
Testing Window: Saturday, February 16— Saturday, March 2, 2019

Fall 2019 Testing Dates

Application Deadline: September 20, 2019
Testing Window: Saturday, October 19—Saturday, November 2, 2019

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

Already certified?

The CPBT-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 to check out a list of approved CEUs!

Trainers Talk

Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds- By Amelia Stymacks

corvidTheir brains may be tiny, but birds have been known to outsmart children and apes. Until the 21st century, birds were largely dismissed as simpletons. How smart can you be with a brain the size of a nut?
And yet the more we study bird intelligence, the more those assumptions are breaking down. Studies have shown, for instance, that crows make tools, ravens solve puzzles, and parrots boast a diverse vocabulary…..
Learn more and watch some fun videos on how smart birds are!

Species Spotlight

White Tailed Deer; Odocoileus virginianus

deerWhitetail deer inhabit most of southern Canada and all of the mainland United States except two or three states in the west. Their range reaches throughout Central America to Bolivia. Whitetail deer are able to survive in a variety of terrestrial habitats, from the big woods of northern Maine to the deep saw grass and hammock swamps of Florida. Ideal whitetail deer habitat would contain dense thickets and edges. White fur is located in a band behind the nose, in circles around the eyes, inside the ears, over the chin and throat, on the upper insides of the legs and beneath the tail. Males possess antlers which are shed from January to March and grow out again in April or May, losing their velvet in August or September. At birth, fawns are spotted with white in coloration and weight between 1.5 and 2.5 kg. Their coats become grayish lose their spots by their first winter. Whitetail deer have good eyesight and acute hearing, but depend mainly on their sense of smell to detect danger. Whitetail deer are the most nervous and shy of our deer. They wave their tails characteristically from side to side when they are startled and fleeing. They are extremely agile and may bound at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour through tangled terrain in a forest. Whitetail deer are also good swimmers and often enter large streams and lakes to escape predators or insects or to visit islands. This species is considered to be Least Concern in light of its adaptability to a wide range of human dominated and natural habitats, occurrence in large populations, occurrence in many protected areas, and populations are currently stable. In some portions of the range the species has been increasing for almost a century (especially where large predators have been extirpated) while in other areas populations are small and in decline.