Laura Monaco Torelli

& Santino

Following the huge success this year, I am excited to

announce that Laura & Linda from the

Karen Pryor Academy Faculty will be returning in 2020

with more insight into husbandry training with animals





Laura Monaco Torelli


Linda Ryan 

will deliver a two-day, clinic-style seminar,

Husbandry Opportunities Are All Around Us!

 Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th September 2020

Standard £350 per person

(7 month payment plans available)

New Year Offer 10% off standard price

£315 per person (ends 15th Jan 20)

Limited number of working places available

 Venue:Alresford Village Hall, Essex

Linda Ryan

& Evie


The Setup

  • Clinic style: work with one participating team at a time, with Laura & Linda coaching and sometimes working directly with the animal learner while the whole group observes and takes part in discussions.

  • Focus on practical work, advancing each team toward their goals while simultaneously teaching vital concepts to the entire group. Theory and discussions will be integrated in the practical cases. 

  • Working Places - We will have 4-6 working dog teams, with each team working 1-2 days. Karen, Laura, and Linda will select participating animal/handler teams that complement an appropriate mix of diversity for the whole group to learn from.  If you are interested in participating with a dog, please indicate this on your booking form.

Who is it for?

The seminar is for everyone interested in taking animal health care and husbandry training to the next level.

  • Animal care professionals and pet owners seeking to give the best care possible

  • Trainers looking to expand their skills (and potentially their business)

  • Veterinary professionals, groomers and other service providers looking to meet the demands of the future


The Learning Objectives

  • The importance of foundation skills: TACOS

  • Data collection and record keeping: what’s the plan?

  • The importance of a functional assessment

  • How to use creative reinforcement strategies

  • Considerations and expectations when changing criteria

  • Introduction of husbandry props

  • TAGteach: set the human learner up for success

  • Collaboration and how to build a community of like-minded caregivers

  • Overview of capturing, shaping, and targeting techniques

  • Overview of animal body language and communication strategies

  • A deeper analysis into “consent” behaviours

  • And more!


About the Speakers

Laura Monaco Torelli

lives in Chicago, Illinois. She has used positive reinforcement training principles with multiple exotic and domestic species for more than 25 years, having worked at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, and Brookfield Zoo. She is the Founder and Director of Training at Animal Behavior Training Concepts, providing services to pet owners, training professionals and veterinary professionals in Chicago as well as nationally and internationally.  She is a faculty instructor for Karen Pryor Academy, and has served as a staff trainer with Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants.

Since 2008 Laura has been running the  "Ready, Set for Groomer and Vet" program, collaborating with veterinary and grooming professionals, trainers, pet owners and zoological organizations to teach animals of various beautiful species to participate in their own care. 

Laura is regularly featured in media. Here is an example where cooperative care is discussed on morning TV!

Linda Ryan

Linda started her nursing career in general practice, qualifying in 2002. She then spent many years working in specialist clinics at two university referral hospitals. She has attained the Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Medical) and the Veterinary Technician Speciality (Oncology). She is a qualified animal trainer, behaviour practitioner and, in autumn 2018, Linda became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behaviour. 

Linda runs Inspiring Pet Teaching, aimed at pet and owner training and education, and continuing education provision for veterinary and para-professionals. 

With a foot in both the camps of veterinary nursing and behaviour, she has a strong focus on the interplay between clinical practice and animal behaviour, and on the value of an interdisciplinary team to provide the best possible care and education to pets and people. She is passionate about collaborative care and patient-friendly practice, and regularly teaches on this topic to veterinary professionals. 

Linda works closely with Karen Pryor Academy, Fear Free, International Cat Care, & others, to provide educational content. She lectures on various veterinary nursing & behaviour/training topics locally, nationally, internationally & online, & regularly writes for veterinary publications. 

She continues to study in the field of animal behaviour & welfare.


More information

A light lunch & refreshments are included.