Risë Van Fleet

Risë VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S, CDBC, is a licensed psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, and certified dog behavior consultant. She is founder and president of the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, an independent practice specializing in children and families in Pennsylvania, USA.  She is well-known throughout the world for her training programs on play therapy and family therapy. She has also been active in the animal world, providing dog behavior consults to families, as well as training therapists to work effectively, playfully, and humanely in relationship with dogs, horses, cats, and other animals through the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ which she co-founded.

Dr. VanFleet has 45 years of experience working effectively with people. Her training courses and writings have garnered over 12 national and international awards for quality and impact. Her book, Play Therapy with Kids & Canines won the Dog Writers Association of America award for best of all book on therapy and service dogs in 2008, and The Human Half of Dog Training: Collaborating with Clients to Get Results was named one of the top four books on dog training in 2013. She has trained and mentored people throughout the world in her relationship-based approach to people and animals, and is known for her warm, positive, practical approach.

Susan Friedman

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University.

She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 13 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at conferences and consults with zoos around the world.

Susan  is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin (www.naturalencouters.com). Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC and IAATE. This year she was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of “15 Animal Professors to Know.”

Susan’s acclaimed on-line course, Living and Learning with Animals for behavior professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 30 countries (www.behaviorworks.org).

Veronica Boutelle

Veronica Boutelle is founder of our profession’s leading business support service, dog*biz.

She is the author of How To Run A Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is and Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals, and writes regularly on business topics for dog training industry journals, including Click!

Since 2003 Veronica and her team have helped trainers all over the world build their dream careers working with dogs.

A popular international speaker, Veronica returns to Australia having spoken at two previous APDT conferences and the Delta Institute Dog Behavior Conference. She is the former Director of Behavior & Training for the San Francisco SPCA.

Nicholas Bishop

Nicholas is a Humanimal fascinated with learning, behaviour and the art of storytelling. He is currently the Manager of Nature Theatre at Zoos SA and has worked in the zoo world for the past 20 years, with a keen focus on birds and free flight presentations. These have blended with his background as an actor/singer to see him working internationally in the field of nature theatre and animal training. His local career history includes stints at Zoos South Australia, Taronga Conservation Society and Alice Springs Desert Park. In 2012, he established Behaviourtects with the goal of sharing techniques for building better behaviour in all species, delivering workshops and consultations in animal training and keeper presentations in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Natural history illustration and writing are also core passions. He is owned by a Shakespeare-spruiking budgie called Nigel and shares learning adventures with Sneaky       Pete, his canine comrade.

Peta Clarke

Peta has trained animals professionally for twenty years. While her current focus is her life long love of working with dogs, she also has a long history training exotic animals for zoos and the film industry.  Her experience is vast: Goldfish, donkeys, eagles and even octopuses! Her dogs can be regularly seen on TV and stage and with any luck they will be doing what they should be doing!

Currently Peta teaches courses at Taronga Zoo in Australia on animal care, behaviour and training while working as a consultant to zoos, vets, shelters and dog owners worldwide helping better the life of animals in human care.

Alexis Davison

Alexis is honoured to be a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member, and teaches the Dog Trainer Professional Program in Australia and New Zealand.   Alexis is also the Dog Walking Academy instructor for dog*biz in Australia and is a member of their business consultant team.

Alexis is a nationally accredited Dog Behavioural Trainer with a Certificate IV in Dog Behavioural Training, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and an internationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

Alexis established her business, Scholars in Collars, in 2002.  She conducts regular group classes, workshops and in home consultations in the semi-rural area of the Adelaide Hills, as well as metropolitan Adelaide.

Alexis and her partner, Ross, share their home with two Australian Shepherds, a Central Bearded Dragon, and a number of chickens.