It’s back! Join us for the 5th International Animal Training Conference at Twycross Zoo. For professionals within the animal and zoo industry.

Featuring guest speakers, practical workshops and evening entertainment, this is an event not to be missed.

Please note this event is not suitable for the general public.

More info can be found on the conference website.

Key Note Speakers NOW Announced

Introducing Dr. Susan G. Friedman

Dr. Susan G. Friedman is a retired psychology professor from Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to zoo and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Students from over 45 countries have participated in Susan’s online course, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals. She has been nominated for the Media Award given by the International Association of Behaviour Analysis for her efforts to disseminate to caregivers, veterinarians, animal trainers, and zookeepers the essential tools they need to empower and enrich the lives of the animals in their care.

Introducing Jim Mackie

Jim has worked at The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for 20 years becoming the first Animal Training and Behaviour Officer in 2012. Jim has overseen a shift in animal management whereby positive, science-based, training techniques have largely replaced traditional methods such as restraint during medical and husbandry procedures. In 2015 ZSL was the recipient of a British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria (BIAZA) gold award for establishing a coherent, collection wide animal training programme for enhanced welfare. Jim helped form ZSL’s Behaviour Management Committees, with groups at both London and Whipsnade Zoos, and the BIAZA Animal Behaviour and Training Working Group, which he chairs. Jim is also a member of the EAZA Training Group and is an EAZA Academy instructor specialising in the use of trained behaviour to maximise welfare potential in zoos and aquaria.

Jim regularly lectures, presents and provides workshops about Zoo animal behaviour both at home and abroad and when he’s not working he lives in Epping with wife Jacqueline, daughter Francesca and a very well trained cat called Smudge.


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