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Applied Animal Behavior: A Global Educational Opportunity
James C. Ha, Renee Robinette Ha. University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Applied Animal Behavior is a relatively new field encompassing professional animal behaviorists who specialize in applying the principles of ethology to behavior issues in companion animals, livestock, and exotics.  Practioners work in homes, in shelters, in veterinary offices, in zoos and aquariums, and address animal welfare in laboratories and farm animals. Given that approximately 78 million dogs and 86 million cats are owned in the United States alone, there is clearly a large market for the treatment of companion animal behavior issues, yet to-date, the void is filled primarily by self-taught trainers rather than professionals with formal training and experience. In addition, less than 50% of veterinary schools and colleges offer behavior training in their programs, yet 50% of all pet euthanasia decisions are due to behavior problems. We will describe a unique global (online) educational opportunity at the University of Washington in Applied Animal Behavior, and discuss how it fits in with other educational programs and certifications This program provides a thorough theoretical and practical review of the current state of the field presented by academic professionals.