Guest lecturers and SPCA Tampa Bay honor renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin
Largo, Fla. (October 23, 2014) SPCA Tampa Bay is continuing with its planned animal behavior workshop on Nov. 1-2, with colleagues of Dr. Sophia Yin teaching the sessions in recognition of her contributions to behavioral science. Dr. Yin, who was previously scheduled to present the workshop, passed away on Sept. 28.
The Behavior Analysis Workshop now includes sessions with applied behavior assessment pioneer Dr. Susan Friedman, certified evaluator and Four Paws training center owner Ken McCort, animal behaviorist and St. Petersburg College instructor Ginny Price, and certified cat behavior consultant and Positive Cattitudes owner Jacqueline Munera.
The nationally-recognized presenters will cover behavior problem assessment, modifying behavior with positive reinforcement, reading body language to help predict shelter dog behavior, training and handling techniques to create partnerships with cats, and a hands-on demonstration of managing dogs in a shelter environment.
“Dr. Yin made a profound impact on behavioral science,” said Martha Boden, CEO of SPCA Tampa Bay. “We are grateful to her esteemed friends and colleagues who have stepped up in her honor to help us provide this educational workshop to the Tampa Bay community.”
The two-day workshop takes place on Nov. 1-2 at SPCA Tampa Bay’s Ike & Libby Einherst Education Center, located at 9099 130th Ave. North in Largo. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, dog trainers, groomers, pet sitters, animal welfare professionals and other pet-related professionals can acquire up to 13 hours of continuing education credits. The public is also welcome to attend.
Registration for veterinary services professionals and people working in animal-related professions is $195 for both full days, $125 for one day or $65 per individual session. Animal welfare professionals, students and the public are eligible for a discounted rate of $65 for both full days, $40 for one day and $30 per individual session. Workshop participants are asked to bring a towel and stuffed cat or dog toy for the lab portion of the workshop.
For more information and to register for the workshop, visit www.SPCATampaBay.org.
About SPCA Tampa Bay
SPCA Tampa Bay accepts all pets surrendered by their owners and sick or injured stray animals. Owners are required to make an appointment but no fee is charged for admission, though donations are strongly encouraged. The organization’s mission is to improve the community by promoting humane care, preventing animal cruelty and reducing pet overpopulation. Community services include animal cruelty investigation, lost/found pet assistance, animal admission and ambulance transport for sick/injured strays. Located on 10 acres in Largo, SPCA programs include pet adoption, free pet behavior help, Sniff University training for dogs and cats, children’s summer camps and more. Founded in 1940, SPCA Tampa Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. More than 8,500 animals are admitted each year. www.spcatampabay.org.