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FABA Conference


I REALLY enjoyed the conference of the FL Association of Behavior Analysis!! Two and a half days of research and applied behavior analysis. Presenters work in a variety of areas. Some work with children, some with adults, group homes, autism, brain injury, and more. There were also presenters who work with different species of animals: pets, zoos, feral dogs, cats, and more. There was SO much to try and cover. 



This is a picture (by Val Phillips) of panelists on “New Horizons in Animal Training and Care: Operant Conditioning and Beyond. The main focus is operant conditioning and husbandry in domesticated and captive animals.”

From left to right they are:

Eduardo J. Fernandez, PhD, University of Washington and Woodland Park Zoo

Christina Alligood, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Disney Animal Kingdom Behavioral Husbandry

Karen Pryor, author, CEO of Karen Pryor, Inc.

Kristi Muir, MS, CPDT-KA, Animal Behavior Training Solutions

Otto Fad, Busch Gardens Tampa Elephant Husbandry

                                                                                             FABA Conference 2011 Program

Heaven’s Gate

An Indian legend says: ” When a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into Heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge…and which are turned away.”

Animals in Public Settings and Preventing Disease

How to be Safe Around Animals!

“Certain venues encourage or permit the public to be in contact with animals, resulting in millions of human-animal interactions each year. These settings include county or state fairs, petting zoos, animal swap meets, pet stores, feed stores, zoologic institutions, circuses, carnivals, educational farms, livestock-birthing exhibits, educational exhibits at schools and child-care facilities, and wildlife photo opportunities. Although human-animal contact has many benefits, human health problems are associated with these settings, including infectious diseases, exposure to rabies, and injuries. Infectious disease outbreaks have been caused by [a variety of bacteria]. Such outbreaks have substantial medical, public health, legal, and economic effects.

This report provides recommendations for public health officials, veterinarians, animal venue staff members, animal exhibitors, visitors to animal venues, physicians, and others concerned with minimizing risks associated with animals in public settings. The recommendation to wash hands is the most important for reducing the risk for disease transmission associated with animals in public settings. Other important recommendations are that venues prohibit food in animal areas and include transition areas between animal areas and nonanimal areas, visitors receive information about disease risk and prevention procedures, and animals be properly cared for and managed. These updated 2011 guidelines provide new information on the risks associated with amphibians and with animals in day camp settings, as well as the protective role of zoonotic disease education.”

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