NEI is embarking on a new educational venture which will allow animal trainers, educators, and caretakers from around the world to participate in a 4-week online course taught by Steve Martin to cover specific topics in the professional animal field in extensive detail. Each week will consist of a live 90-minute lecture, accompanied by 30-minutes of open Q&A between the participants, Steve and other NEI trainers, as well as video evaluations that will allow participants to receive feedback on their own training questions and challenges. 

Ambassador Animal Training and Welfare Online Course
This course will address creating positive reinforcement-based programs for ambassador animal collections and producing educational programs that inspire caring and lead to conservation action. The second course, Contemporary Training Applications for Animal Care Professionals, will provide an in-depth look into the artful application of scientific principals of behavior change within zoos, aquariums, and other professional animal care facilities.
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Natural Encounters, Inc. is proud to announce “TEC Talks”, a new online series from the faculty of the Natural Encounters, Inc., Training and Education Center (NEI-TEC)that promotes animal welfare and training through proven science principals that increase desirable training outcomes and improve relationships with animals in our care and humans on our teams.
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