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Training Techniques for Laboratory Animals: Positive or Permissive?
October 13, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

WEB-068: Popular trends in animal training have turned to "positive training" or (positive reinforcement) techniques. Look at the Web for an obedience trainer, a horse trainer, or any animal trainer, and you will find a huge number touting "only positive training techniques." But what does this mean and, more specifically, what does it mean for laboratory animals, their caretakers, and handlers? Do we, can we, use only positive reinforcement (reward based) techniques to accomplish our goals? In this webinar, we will explore a balanced view of the "four quadrants" of training, including the pros, cons, and applications of each. We will look at analogies to human behavior and the behavioral outcomes of each type of reinforcer. We will also discuss target and clicker training and their practical applications for laboratory animal technicians.

AALAS CEUs: You can apply for up to 1.5 CEUs for the Technician Certification Registry or CMAR recertification. Please use the form on the AALAS website or online CEU submission.

RACE CEs: Viewers of the live event or the recording can receive RACE continuing education credits by taking a 5-question post-test on the AALAS Learning Library. A free enrollment is all that is required to access the test and to generate the RACE certificateno; no subscription is required. This program 37-43199 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 1.00 CE Credit (1.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 1.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (1.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter category of Non-Medical Program. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements. RACE does not "accredit" or "endorse" or "certify" any program or person, nor does RACE approval validate the content of the program.

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Presenter: Melissa Shyan-Norwalt, Ph.D.

Melissa Shyan-Norwalt, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii in Comparative Cognition. She was a scientist and animal behaviorist at the Iams Pet Food Company for four years. She is presently an Educator Assistant Professor at the University...

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