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Working Animals Division

The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants is dedicated to promoting science-based training and a deeper understanding of the needs of working animals of all species.

We offer a wealth of resources for members of the Working Animal Division, including a library of handouts and information, access to our community of behavior experts, experienced trainers and handlers, and veterinary professionals.

About the Division Chair: Patricia Tirrell, CPDT-KA, CRA

Patricia Tirrell, CPDT-KA, CRA

Patricia Tirrell, CPDT-KA, CRA

Division Chair, Working Animals Division

Patricia is a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed), a TTouch Practitioner for Companion Animals, a National Program Educator Emeritus and licensed Evaluator for Pet Partners, and in addition to her work with animals she is a certified research administrator (CRA).

Patricia's areas of interests are: dog behavior, animal assisted interventions, and working with visually impaired/blind dogs. In addition to working with dogs, Patricia has experience with cats, parrots, and mini-horses. She is active with Pet Partners where she volunteers in hospitals, prisons, and schools in and around North Carolina. Patricia serves on the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Foundation Board of Trustees as their treasurer.

Patricia volunteers with local rescue organizations including Triangle Beagle Rescue where she has served as a foster home and a former board member. Patricia has over 20 years' experience at Duke University where she has extensive experience in budget management and grant administration.

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