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New Veterinary Technician Behavior Scholarships Available for Karen Pryor Academy

Waltham, MA, January 12, 2010—The organizing committee for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (AVBT) and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT) scholarship committee are proud to once again offer AVBT "Faith" Scholarships to the Dog Trainer Program at Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior.

The scholarship is named after Faith, the service dog trained using clicker training methods for Julie Shaw's son Dylan nearly 14 years ago. Faith died of lymphosarcoma at the age of six, but her memory will live on through the recipients of the "Faith" scholarship.

Two or three scholarships will be awarded annually, each valued at $2,500 (the scholarship recipient is responsible for the remaining $2,800 tuition fee). The SVBT scholarship committee, along with the AVBT board of regents, will select a recipient who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the role of the veterinary technician in the discipline of animal behavior and has a desire and the ability to pursue his or her Veterinary Technician Specialist-Behavior (VTS-Behavior) credentials.

Potential Recipients:

  • Must be accepted into the Dog Trainer Program at Karen Pryor Academy before applying for the AVBT “Faith” Scholarship. Visit the scholarship page for details.
  • Must be able to travel to a workshop series/location offered by Julie Shaw or Debbie Martin, and be responsible for his or her own travel expenses.
  • Must have graduated from an accredited veterinary technician program or be a credentialed veterinary technician.
  • Must be a SVBT member in good standing for a minimum of one year.
  • Must have been in practice for a minimum of two years.
  • Must submit a letter of reference from two veterinary professionals.
  • Must submit a letter of reference specific to animal training or animal behavior from two clients.
  • Must have an ultimate goal of becoming a VTS-Behavior, and meeting those proposed requirements (see www.avbt.net for details).

Selection Process:

  • View scheduled workshop dates held by Julie Shaw and Debbie Martin.
  • Apply to Karen Pryor Academy, specifying that you wish to be considered for the AVBT “Faith” Scholarship.
  • Upon notification that your application to Karen Pryor Academy has been accepted, send the following to SVBT Committee Chair Pam Mahlie, along with the SVBT scholarship application (available here), to the address indicated on the application form:
    • A letter describing why you feel you should be a candidate for the “Faith” scholarship
    • Two letters of reference from veterinary professionals
    • Two letters of reference from clients you have worked with specifically in animal training or animal behavior

Scholarships will be reviewed by both the SVBT scholarship committee and the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians. Recipients will be notified no later than two months before the first workshop. Visit SVBT website for application and further details.

About Karen Pryor Academy
The Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Program serves students who are looking for education and certification from world-renowned trainer, author, and behavioral biologist Karen Pryor, a pioneer of force-free training technology. The program combines the convenience of online learning with hands-on teaching from a top-notch faculty. Students receive intensive training in the force-free techniques needed to teach both animals and their human caregivers, and are offered access to business training, curriculum plans, and instruction programs as well.

With teaching locations in the US and Canada (CA, IN, LA, MA, MD, NM, NY, OR, TX, WA, Calgary, and Ottawa), already the school has graduated more than 150 Certified Training Partners who participate in a unique program that introduces their services to pet owners and veterinary professionals. Karen Pryor Academy is the only non-franchised dog trainer school in the country with national reach and teaching locations from coast to coast. For more information on Karen Pryor Academy, visit www.karenpryoracademy.com.

Julie Gordon
Karen Pryor Clickertraining (KPCT)
49 River Street #3
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 800-47-CLICK

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