IAABC Division Heads

Cat Division

Miranda WorkmanMiranda Workman

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Miranda K. Workman, MS, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CCBC. Miranda has been President and CEO of Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center since its inception in July 2006 after having co-owned another business and working for others as an animal behavior and training professional. A voracious reader and tireless researcher, she strives to understand and apply the most “up to date” developments in training and behavior.

She has over 14 years experience in applied animal behavior and training. She is an experienced behavior specialist with a well-respected reputation including being listed as a WNY expert by the Buffalo News. While she works to rehabilitate many different behavior concerns of pet owners, she especially enjoys working with multi-pet households, aggression and feline behavior problems.

As the Behavior Specialist for the SPCA Serving Erie County, she has written several educational documents for adopters and presented various feline and canine behavior and education seminars for staff and volunteers. She is co-founder of their Pawsitive Journeys feline behavior foster program. She also thoroughly enjoys being a feline, canine and exotics foster parent. Over the last 14 years she has helped thousands of pets overcome medical and behavioral concerns prior to adoption. Recently she left the SPCA to accept a Shelter Consultant position with the Hornell Area Humane Society to help lead them through change focused on improved animal welfare and community engagement.

Miranda is proud to have been among a select few invited to present on feline rehabilitation and enrichment at the 2009 Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo. She served as a presenter and panel member for the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations' Cats in Context symposium at Canisius College in 2013. Her feline adoption study is currently in press with the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. She has also presented her research at various venues including SUNY Brockport and Eastern Kentucky University’s Living With Animals Conference. Her TEDxBuffalo talk, Collateral Damage in the War Against Animal Homelessness, was given in October 2014 and is available on YouTube. She is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY teaching Animal Learning in the undergraduate Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation program. She completed her Master’s of Science degree in Anthrozoology from Canisius College in 2014. She also served from 2007-2011 on the Board of Directors of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. (CCPDT); three of those years she was President of the Board and was responsible for the creation and implementation of the first non-veterinary Certified Behavior Consultant – Canine certification exam.

She and her husband Rick share their home with two dogs (Sherlock and Athena) and six cats (Adara, Aleph, Samantha, Ares, Ro-Ro and Gandalf), and a Leopard gecko (Ragnar). She co-owns a Red-Tail Boa Constrictor (Mina) with her brother. Gone, but never forgotten, are many pets from many species who were the best teachers Miranda has ever encountered. They continue to be her inspiration from across the Rainbow Bridge.

Dog Division

Barbara Davis Barbara Davis


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Barbara Davis, CPDT-KA, CDBC, owner of BADDogsInc Family Dog Training & Behavior and the Southern California School For Dogs, is a certified dog behavior consultant. Barbara specializes in working with families to resolve behavior problems with their companion dogs; she also works extensively in rescue dog rehabilitation and integration with fosters and permanent placements. Her company also offers a wide range of individual and group training programs.

Barbara has been a contributing columnist for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog’s “On Behavior” column, which featured several of her challenging case studies. She also posts regularly on her blog “A Doggone Minute” and is preparing to publish a trainer’s workbook detailing an aversive-free hazard avoidance training program.

Barbara’s been actively involved in Golden Retriever rescue since 2001, and supports many canine rescue organizations in her region. Barbara serves on the board of directors of the ASK Foundation, which supports the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, where she also volunteers as a consulting behaviorist for the shelter. Barbara is also proud to represent Pets For Vets, an organization that matches returned and retired US veterans with shelter dogs, providing training and ongoing support to our wounded warriors and their rescued pets.

Barbara’s been with IAABC since 2005, motivated to join by her desire to contribute to an organization poised to promote standards and professionalism in the field of animal behavior consulting. Barbara has served in a number of volunteer roles, including Regional Coordinator, Exam Committee, RPC/ARC, and most enjoys her service as “booth babe” at APDT conference exhibit halls, where she enthusiastically sells the benefits of IAABC membership to prospective members.

Barbara lives in Corona, CA with her husband, Wayne, kids Chris and Kate, and the family’s three golden retrievers.

Horse Division

Lauren Fraser, CHBCLauren Fraser



Lauren Fraser is a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant in Squamish, BC. She provides horse behavior consultations, horse training, and horsemanship coaching, as well as educational presentations for both horse owners and professionals.

Lauren's career experience with animals has been diverse; she has worked as a small and large animal veterinary assistant, as shelter manager and executive director of a non-profit animal shelter, as an animal control officer, boarding facility owner, and certified riding instructor. She is both Horse Chair and a member of the Application Review Committee for the IAABC. Currently completing a Diploma in Equine Studies and an Equine Welfare certificate from the University of Guelph, Lauren also enjoys keeping up-to-date with current research into equine behavior, management, and training. When not working with her own horses, she can be found mountain biking, or enjoying her property with her husband, their four dogs, two cats, seven horses, and one pony. For more information, www.goodhorsemanship.ca

Parrot Division

Kashmir Csaky Kashmir Csaky


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Kashmir Csaky is an international speaker, writer and behavioral consultant. Her papers have been translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Dutch and Czechoslovakian. Her articles have appeared in Bird Talk, Companion Parrot Quarterly, Parrots Magazine, Parrot Information Pages, Psittascene, Watchbird, the German and Czech publication Papageien and Nova Exota and in numerous newsletters and journals. She has advised zoos and private aviculturists on breeding Macaws, artificial incubation procedures, hand-raising chicks and parent-rearing chicks. Kashmir was the first breeder known to co-parent Hyacinth Macaws.

Working Animals Division

Janet Velenovsky division-janet-velenovsky


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Janet is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed(CPDT-KA), a graduate of Purdue University's 2004 DOGS course, and holds a Counseling Certificate from the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers. Janet is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Trainer Partner (KPA CTP). Janet was honored with the "Animals as Other Nations" award at the 3rd annual IAABC conference held in Houston April 24-26, 2009. Janet has gained the respect of veterinary and training professionals nationwide and followed Dr. R.K. Anderson and Dr. Lore Haug as the recipient of this award.

Janet is a past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the current chair of its Working Animals division. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and an Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) with IAABC. Janet has spoken at national training and behavior conferences including the APDT and IAABC. She has also presented at veterinary programs and conferences. Janet has published articles in Off Lead & Animal Behavior, Animal Wellness, and APDT Chronicle of the Dog.

Janet currently teaches puppy socialization classes, basic obedience, Rally, Nosework, and agility through the Dude Ranch Pet Resort in central Virginia. In addition, she offers private behavior consultations and expert witness testimony. She has titled in agility and Rally with her dogs. In addition to living and working with four wonderful dogs, Janet also has a strong feline side. She has been owned by cats since the age of six, and has a special interest in both finding ways to enrich the lives of indoor cats and in helping owners understanding the enigmatic feline. Janet shares her home with Griffin, Puck, and Nisse, and a very understanding husband. Janet is a co-creator of the patented "Come With Me Kitty" Cat Harness and Bungee Leash by Premier Pet Products, where she served as Training & Behavior Education Department Manager for eight years.


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