Karen Pryor Academy Welcomes Faculty Member Laura Monaco Torelli

Waltham, MA, March 29, 2011—Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA) is pleased to welcome Laura Monaco Torelli to the KPA faculty.

Laura has been a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (CTP) since June, 2008 and has been training animals since the early 1990’s. Her professional animal training career began in 1991 with the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. In 2000, Laura moved from marine to terrestrial animals, working for the San Diego Zoo and Brookfield Zoo as a Supervisory Keeper. She has trained a wide variety of species, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, macaws, tree kangaroos, red pandas, and dogs.

Laura currently serves as the Director of Training for Animal Behavior Training Concepts (ABTC) where she offers both group and private dog training. She and her team also work in collaboration with veterinary behaviorist Dr. John Ciribassi at Animal Behavior Partners, and behavior resident Dr Kelly Ballantyne of Furnetic Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine to implement training programs in support of behavior cases. In addition to her teaching and training, Laura has also served as the Student Application Coordinator for Karen Pryor Academy (KPA). Laura’s invaluable contributions to the academy, combined with her unique professional background and commitment to teaching, made her a natural choice to join the KPA faculty.

KPA CEO Karen Pryor adds, “I've enjoyed enormously working with Laura on several projects. I'm impressed by her excellent training skills and her broad background with many species. I'm thrilled with her inventiveness, and her commitment to her clients and their learning experience. It's an honor to welcome her to our faculty.”

“It’s a distinct honor to be invited to join the KPA faculty,” said Laura Monaco Torelli. “I look forward to enthusiastically teaching and supporting others in their educational journey through the Dog Trainer Program, just as my fantastic mentors through my career have graciously taught and guided me."

Applications are now being accepted for Laura’s first Dog Trainer Program series which begins August 11, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. Apply online.

About Karen Pryor Academy

Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA) is a state-of-the-art dog training program that teaches inspired animal training with innovative programs designed for both experienced and aspiring trainers. With 20 teaching locations in North America as well as international courses offered in the US and Australia, KPA is advancing the field of force-free training by certifying and promoting the next generation of skilled animal trainers and teachers. Currently there are more than 200 KPA graduates who have joined a strong and growing community worldwide, a community that is helping both animals and their human caregivers receive the highest standards of force-free training.

To see an international list of certified dog trainers visit www.greatdogtrainers.com or call 800-472-5425 to locate the trainer nearest you. For more information on Karen Pryor Academy, visit www.karenpryoracademy.com.

Julie Gordon
Karen Pryor Clickertraining (KPCT)


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