Debbie received a bachelor of science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a fulltime registered veterinary technician since 1996, and has been actively involved in the field of animal behavior. Debbie is the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC, a mobile veterinary clinic located near Austin, TX, with practice limited to animal behavior. She assists Dr. Kenneth Martin, her husband, during in-home behavior consultations.
A Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP) herself, in November of 2009 Debbie was honored to become a KPA faculty member. She provides “traveling” workshops for the KPA Dog Trainer Program.
Debbie is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Behavior. She is the treasurer and previous president for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and an active member and previous recording secretary for the SVBT (Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians). Debbie is a member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA). She lectures frequently to veterinary professionals on animal behavior, and has also published several articles on that topic.
Hooked on clicker training since she enrolled her 7-year-old shepherd mix, Snickers, in a class in 1999, Debbie utilizes clicker training with her own pets as well as with her clients' dogs and cats whenever possible. Debbie believes that clicker training not only enhances the bond and fluency of communication with pets, but is also instrumental in behavior modification. The uses for clicker training are endless! Because no two pets are the same, Debbie designs individualized training plans to meet the needs of pets and clients.
In 2009, Debbie and her husband wrote a book on normal development and training in dogs, Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. In 2012 they launched the Puppy Start Right for Instructors course with Karen Pryor Academy.
In her free time, Debbie enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and training and relaxing with her dogs and husband. Currently, she shares her home with three Belgian Malinois, Jazmin, Iliana and Polo, and a one-eyed beagle/terrier mix, Iris. Debbie is training Jazmin in Agility and Rally.