Career Counseling

Academic Route Building ($75 per 1-hour on-line session, $125 on-site):

  • Do you know what you want to do, but don't know how to get there?
  • If you are thinking about pursuing a career, or advanicing your career in the field of applied animal behavior, sign up for a private career counseling session.
  • Through a series of questions and goal oriented directives, we will map out an individualized plan of action for you to get to where you want to go.

Experiential Companion Applied Animal Behavior (FEE: varies-daily or weekly or monthly rates):

  • Do you need more experience in behavior assessment, consultation, or behavior modification?
  • Sign-up for shadow sessions with a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and gain the experience you are looking for.
  • Learn how to become a better behavior detective and build your confidence when dealing with cases.

Observation of Animal Behavior Cases

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for students of animal behavior to observe and gain hands on experience with dog, cat and other behavioral consults under the supervision of an applied animal behaviorist. The candidate will observe cases under the supervision of Dr. Jill Goldman.

Eligibility: Candidates who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree, or who are enrolled in a graduate program that have met or will meet one or more of the following educationsal requirements:

  • BS, B.Sc., MS, M.Sc., Ph.D. preferably in the psychology or an animal related field. Degrees in other fields will be considered on an individual basis.
  • A licensed veterinarian.
  • A licensed veterinarian, who is certified as a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Behavior (DACVB) or is seeking certification as a DACVB.
  • Veterinarians may observe a case at no charge.

Experiential Opportunities: An internship helps prepare a candidate to perform independently and professionally in applied animals behavior. The length of an internship and the number of cases observed will vary among candidates depending on the availability of cases and opening in the intern program. An individual may gain experience on a limited case-by-case basis, or as an intern who is preparing for, or certified and desires additional experience.

What to expect on a Cases-by-Case basis: Direct observation of the behaviorist's cases on a per case basis.

  • Each case is ~1.5-2.5 hours. The observer is given a follow-up consult with Dr. Goldman to ask questions concerning each case.
  • The observer may take notes, but not recird the name of the client or any other personal information. No videotaping is allowed.
  • All cases are confidential and no discussion or information concerning the case may be disseminated to anyone outside the consult.
  • Interns do not offer advice to clients under any conditions. Interaction with the animals or clients, is by request of Dr. Goldman during the consult based on the training and experience of the intern. Working with the animals is permitted and supervised as conditions permit.

What to expect as an Intern (monthly plan): Direct observation of the behaviorist's cases is encouraged during a quarter (consecutive three month period) of at least 10 or more cases. Interns that complete a training period (times/cases vary), may be eligible to interview clients and work with the pets under the direct supervision of Dr. Goldman.

  • Each case is ~1.5-2.5 hours. There is time with Dr. Goldman to review each case, immediately following.
  • The intern will be allowed to review and take notes from the client's interview form.
  • The intern may take notes, but no personal information. No videotaping is allowed.
  • All cases are confidential and no discussion or information concerning the case may be disseminated to anyone outside of the consult.
  • Fees vary per a weekly or monthly plan.
  • Information on local hotels will be provided on request.

Liability Insurance: All individuals must have liability insurance and will provide the name of their carrier and policy number before any observation. The Hartford is one of several insurance carriers that provide insurance for trainers working with pet dogs. The Association for Pet Dog Trainers membership has an affiliated insurance plan for dog trainers.

The individual expressly assumes all risk of personal injury that may be sustained by the individual during a consult. Working with dog, cat, and other animals behavior problems can be dangerous! Many of the cases involve dogs with serious aggression problems towards humans or other dogs and working wih these animals is at your own risk.

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