Behavior Job-Alike Meeting - Tips and Tricks for Incorporating Behavior into Day to Day Operations

When:  Jan 26, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals

After a hiatus over the Nov/Dec holidays, it's time to restart our monthly behavior job-alike meetings.  We'll be starting the year with a topic that is extra relevant to many of us these days. This will be a good one for operations directors/managers in addition to behavior folds, so please be sure to share the registration link with people who might be interested. 

Tips and Tricks for Incorporating Behavior into Day to Day Operations

Many of us struggle with meeting our animals' behavioral needs. Some of us know what we want to do, but don't have enough resources. Others aren't sure where to get started. During this session, Mick McAuliffe will share insights gained from his experiences, and actions you can take to incorporate behavior into day to day operations.

Guest Speaker Bio:

Mick McAuliffe has worked in animal training, behavior and enrichment since 1987. Before coming to the United States, Mick served as the Director of Animal Behavior and Training for the RSPCA Queensland, Australia, where he developed assessment, modification, enrichment, and training programs for multiple species. In addition to his extensive work in canine training, Mick has developed, implemented, and lectured on training, behavior and enrichment programs for animal shelters, zoos, government, and private facilities around the world.

Mick joined the Animal Rescue League of Iowa in 2009, and oversaw all behavior, training, and enrichment programs for the ARL, ensuring the mental well-being for all animals in the ARL's care. In 2011, Mick moved to the position of Director of Animal Services and implemented a holistic approach for animal welfare, ensuring their physical and behavioral needs were met daily. His work ended with the ARL due to injury, but he is back working with people, animals and volunteering as a keeper in Large Mammals at Blank Park Zoo Des Moines.

Mick only uses positive reinforcement training techniques, eliminating the need for physical or verbal correction or training equipment that can cause pain or injury. Throughout his career, Mick has written for animal magazines, research papers and has co-authored two books for the ARL that are in stores nationwide: For Love of Dogs and For Love of Cats.

About HASS Behavior Job-Alike Groups:

Human Animal Support Services (HASS) facilitates Job-Alike Groups to provide colleagues with similar roles and responsibilities the opportunity to discuss common issues, ask questions, determine best practices, and share program ideas among their peers. These groups include collaborative sessions that enable participants to share resources and develop relationships across multiple districts and settings.

This meeting is for behavior support and collaboration and occurs once a month to discuss successful innovations, collaborate with others in the field, answer questions, and talk through complex behavior-related issues.

Register for the Zoom meeting here:

You can catch up on previous Behavior Job-Alike Meetings on this thread and follow for more information on upcoming events:

We encourage you to follow the discussion or ask questions to the group using this thread on Maddie's Pet Forum. Click the "Follow" button at the top right of the thread to be notified of new comments, recordings and to continue collaborating outside of our monthly meetings. 



02-03-2023 04:04 PM

The recording of this call is now available to watch on-demand:
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When:  Jan 26, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Animal Welfare Professionals


Online Instructions:
Login: Use the link above to register and follow the same link at the time of the meeting to join the Zoom call.