Welcome to the Parrot Division

The Parrot Division began as an independent organization whose members decided in 2004 to join the IAABC. Our goal is to raise the standards of professional parrot consultants by mutual cooperation among the membership, as well as to share both scientific knowledge and personal experience. The Parrot Division seeks to educate and mentor aspiring individuals who are less experienced in the field of parrot behavioral consulting, as well as continually expanding the knowledge of the more experienced members. By so doing, the Parrot Division strives to contribute to the contentment of hundreds of divergent species of parrots and their keepers.

Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, TAGteach Level 2

Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, TAGteach Level 2 on January 04, 2016

Laura Monaco Torelli
Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder and director of training for Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She serves as faculty with the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior; is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant; and holds a TAGteach Level 2 Certification. She also collaborates with veterinary behaviorist John Ciribassi at Animal Behavior Partners and is a staff trainer with Dr. Ciribassi’s practice, Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants. Laura began her career with more than a decade in the zoo and aquarium community, working as a senior lead trainer for the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and then as a supervisory keeper at San Diego and Brookfield zoos. Her interest in birds started with the care, management, and training of rockhopper, gentoo, and Magellanic penguins at the Shedd and continued with birds of prey and psittacines in San Diego and Brookfield. Ongoing education under the excellent mentorship of Ken Ramirez and Dr. Susan Friedman has enhanced her passion for spreading the word about applied behavior analysis and building relationships between birds and their human families. Laura has presented at ClickerExpo, the Chicago Veterinary Behavior Symposium, and the conferences of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association, the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, TAGteach, and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

She particularly enjoys sharing her experience with future veterinarians. She has spoken at multiple American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association symposia and given seminars for the behavior clubs at Ross University, Purdue University, and University of Illinois veterinary schools.

She is honored to be involved with the IAABC Parrot Division, among such talented colleagues.


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