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Application Review Committee

The Application Review Committee evaluates all applications for certification. Applications are received anonymously,and the reviewers score submissions against a rubric that assesses both practical experience and the critical thinking skills of the applicant.

  • Val Pollard

    Committee Chair

    Valerie has been working as a professional dog trainer since 1979 and has always been most interested in working with behavioral issues, focusing mostly on anxiety and aggression. FULL BIO

  • Gail Fisher, CDBC

    Committee Member

    With over 40 years professional experience, Gail's background in dogs covers virtually all aspects of the field. FULL BIO

  • Zachariah Atteberry

    Committee Member

    Zachariah Atteberry is a certified cat behavior consultant and registered veterinary technician in the state of Missouri. FULL BIO

  • Danielle Basciano

    Committee Member

    Danielle is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, working with dogs and cats through her business — CNY Pet Training & Behavior in Upstate New York. FULL BIO

  • Tom Candy

    Committee Member

    Tom Candy is an Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the animal behaviour and training council and a certified canine behaviour councilor with IAABC. FULL BIO

  • Kris Crestejo, CDBC

    Committee Member

    Kris Crestejo is a Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant that promotes humane dog training methods. FULL BIO

  • Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado

    Committee Member

    Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado has been helping humans understand cats for almost twenty years. FULL BIO

  • Sarah Fulcher, CDBC, KPA-CTP

    Committee Member

    Sarah Fulcher is a dog trainer and Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant. FULL BIO

  • Justine Harrison

    Committee Member

    Justine Harrison is an IAABC certified horse behaviour consultant and trainer based in the North West of England. FULL BIO

  • Dee Hoult, MBA, CPDT, CTDI

    Committee Member

    Dee currently serves as head trainer and CEO of Applause Your Paws, Inc., Miami's largest privately owned positive dog training company. FULL BIO

  • Lauren Fraser, CHBC

    Committee Member

    Lauren Fraser is a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant. She is also the organization's Horse Chair and a member of the application review committee. FULL BIO

  • Renée Hall, CDBC, CPDT-KA

    Committee Member

    Renée Hall, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a professional dog trainer and certified Dog Behavior Consultant through her business Let's Speak Dog Training and Sports Studio in Nazareth, PA. FULL BIO

  • Jacqueline Munera, CCBC, PCBC, CAP 2

    Committee Member

    Jacqueline Munera is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute's Diploma of Feline Behavior program. FULL BIO

  • Dilara Parry CCBC

    Committee Member

    Dilara Göksel Parry grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and holds degrees in Psychology and in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College. FULL BIO

  • Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA

    Committee Member

    Jessica is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. FULL BIO