September 21st 2021 4pm – 5:15pm (approx)
Almost nothing is more unexpected – or potentially damaging to our relationship with our birds – than having to medicate them. Injuries and illness can happen quickly and by chance, and a strong, trusting bond may fall apart with the restraining and forced medication.
When they are already sick or hurting, losing trust in a beloved caregiver can deal an even greater blow.
Cassie Malina, CPBT-KA, CPBC has over 20 years’ experience working with parrots and formerly produced parrot shows across the country – and most primarily at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Cassie is our Parrot Kindergarten behavior trainer (aka school counselor)!!
Jen Cunha is an attorney, animal cognition trainer, writer, and international speaker, focusing on animal literacy and communication. A “parrot mama” for over 16 years, Jen has been developing cognition training techniques for almost a decade. Her training manuals have been translated and distributed throughout Europe, and she’s been featured in Bird Talk magazine. Jen has twice written articles for the International Association of Applied Behavior Consultants Journal and is a frequent lecturer at science conventions and companion bird gatherings around the world. Jennifer collaborates on animal literacy and communication projects with university researchers, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific proceedings. Her birds, Ellie and Isabelle, have passed university-designed blind tests on phonics and reading comprehension skills and are considered the very first animals who have learned how to read.