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Kristen Collins, CPDT-KA

Kristen Collins, CPDT-KA
Kristen Collins, CPDT-KA

Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, where she graduated summa cum laude, with honors. In 2005, she graduated valedictorian with honors from the San Francisco SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers and has been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) since 2003.

In 2000, Kristen started her career as a private animal behavior counselor and group class instructor in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Atlanta, GA. In 2005, Kristen joined the Richmond SPCA’s Behavior and Education Department and was responsible for implementing behavior modification and enrichment programs for shelter dogs. Her duties also included conducting behavior evaluations, supervising volunteer trainers, and teaching public obedience and agility classes. While in Richmond, Kristen conducted seminars on shelter dog training for other local animal shelters, taught classes on canine body language and learning through the University of Richmond’s continuing education program, and was a speaker at the APDT’s 2007 Annual Conference in Portland, OR. She also participated in agility and clicker training demonstrations for the public during various community events, as well as humane education programs for local schools and children’s groups.

Kristen joined the ASPCA in August 2007 and currently works full-time for the Animal Behavior Center while pursuing her master’s degree in applied animal behavior at the University of Illinois. During her time at the Animal Behavior Center, Kristen has written and edited numerous articles on animal behavior, counseled pet owners via in-home and telephone consultations, and taught an animal-behavior practicum for the University of Illinois. She has given talks for local training and sheltering organizations, lectured at two annual veterinary technician continuing education conferences, and participated in the evaluation of dangerous dogs for court cases.



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