The International Avian Trainers Certification Board and International Animal Trainers Certification Board, IATCB, is an independent body established to develop and manage certification of avian and animal trainers. The board of directors of IATCB is:
Chairman/President - Sid Price, CPBT-KA, CPAT-KA
Sid Price is the owner and founder of Avian Ambassadors based in Tijeras, New Mexico and is a past-president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE). He served on the board of directors of IAATE from 2003 to 2013.
Vice President- Jayne Hardwick, CPBT-KA, CPAT-KA
Jayne Hardwick came to the zoo profession with a Bachelor’s Degree in public relations and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Joining the Animal Behavior Management department at the Jacksonville Zoo in 1995, she worked with birds, mammals and reptiles, conditioning and training everything from target training a tortoise, conditioning macaws to accept feather trimming without restraint, and conditioning a Red-tailed hawk to accept talon trimming while standing on a perch. While at Jacksonville, she also assisted in creating their Environmental Enrichment program and chaired the committee as a resource for keepers developing enrichment options for the zoo collection. She went on to the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Missouri where she supervised free-flight bird shows and worked with native and non-native eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures, parrots, corvids, and a variety of water fowl.
As the Registrar at the Naples Zoo in Naples, Florida, Jayne continued to assist the Show Department by presenting animal shows, training and handling animals. Although her heart belongs to raptors, Jayne has trained Green mambas for husbandry, hawks, vultures and owls for flight, and an African Cape porcupine for presentation in shows. Currently the Curator of Animal Data & Logistics at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Jayne continues to enjoy providing support to the Animal Department.
Secretary & Treasurer- Kelly Garrison, (Newsletter and Social Media Coordinator) CPBT-KA, CPAT-KA, CIG
Kelly graduated with from the University of Georgia with a double major of Animal and Dairy Science. She began working at the Birmingham Zoo in 2005. Her career started as a part time keeper working in the Children’s Zoo Barn. Six months later she was hired into a full time roll. Working and training animals for the wild life shows and educating the public quickly became her passion. In 2010 the Animal Programs and Interpretation Department was formed at the zoo and it was an easy decision on where her heart fell. She managed this department for 5 years and worked hard to have a mixed species shows including free flight birds. She chaired the Animal Training Committee and Interpretive Committees for the zoo. In 2018 she moved to Athens, Georgia where she is the Zoo Coordinator for Bear Hollow Zoo. Kelly is a Certified Interpretive Guide and uses her skills as an interpreter to educate and inform the public on the importance of conservation.
General Board Member - Kimm Hunt, CPAT-KA
Kimm Hunt is a pet behavior consultant who works with shelters, rescues, and owners in the Atlanta area. She started working in companion animal welfare and behavior in 1989. She’s taught teens in substance abuse treatment to train shelter dogs, training and behavior workshops for animal welfare professionals, and companion animal sciences to homeschooled students.
She has a B.S. in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois, studied Public Services Management at DePaul University, and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Clinical Animal Behavior at the University of Edinburgh.
General Board Member, Item Writing Coordinator - Nicki Boyd, CPBT-KA, CPAT-KA
Nicki Boyd is the Behavior Husbandry Manager at the San Diego Zoo. Her educational background includes graduating from Moorpark College’s Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, Mesa College’s Animal Health Technician Program, with an Associate in Science Degree, and has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
She has worked for Dr. Jenkins Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital, Our Feathered Friends, a toucan breeder (Jerry Jennings) and now at the San Diego Zoo for the last 20 years is various departments such as zoo keeper at the Children’s Zoo and Veterinary Hospital, Behavior Department, Animal Care Manager and now as the Behavior Husbandry Manager. She was on the San Diego American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) board of directors for 17 years and has been a member of that organization for 20 years. Nicki is also the Chief Financial Officer for the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) and has been on the board of directors for 5 years, and a member for 11 years. She is a founding member of the Association for Professional Wildlife Educators (APWE) and has been member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) for the past 6 years.
She has experience with free flight shows with hawks, glove-training owls, vultures, Andean condor, psittacines and various softbills. Her role as Behavior Husbandry Manager is to set up training programs all over the San Diego Zoo and is the department head for Animal Connections which includes all the show areas at the zoo.
General Board Member, International Representative - Nicky Plaskitt, CPBT-KA
Nicky started working with animals professionally in 2000 and worked with a vast array of species during that time, focussing on birds, particularly free flight shows, from 2011.
Having worked in zoos for 21 years including running a team for 9 years, Nicky started her own business last year. ‘Shaping Behaviour’ is a consultancy, aiming to improve the welfare of animals under human care by spreading knowledge of positive reinforcement training. So far in this role she has been able to connect with many animal care professionals and teach them better ways to work WITH their animal colleagues.
General Board Member - Amy Robinson, CPBT-KA
Amy received her BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She began her career working with animals at Zoo Atlanta in 2000 presenting and training primarily birds at the amphitheater. After seven years she moved to Florida to work for Natural Encounter, Inc. While at Natural Encounters, Amy worked primarily at the Flights of Wonder show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and also participated in the State Fair of Texas and helped open the show at the Dallas Zoo. After fulfilling the contract at the Dallas Zoo Amy stayed in Texas and is now the Director of Ambassador Animal Experiences. This includes the Wildlife Show, Outreach, Cheetah Run, and the Wild Encounters stage that presents a variety of animals throughout the day on the hour and half hour. Amy became a member of IAATE in 2002 and served as an Executive Board Member from 2010-2014. Amy has been a member of AZA since 2014. Amy has completed Dr Susan Friedman’s LLA course is a Certified Interpretive Guide-Trainer (CIG-T) and is also Certified Professional Bird Trainer (CPBT-KA).
General Board Member - Marco Wendt, CPBT-KA
Marco’s passion for wildlife and conservation has driven him to be part of the zoo world for over 23 years. Being part of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance family has enriched Marco’s life and given him the incredible opportunity to work alongside memorable species.
Marco has worked in the Behavior department at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and in the Frequent Flyers bird show as a wildlife care specialist, focusing on a variety of avian species. His love of birds led him to expand his skills in aviculture, joining the Bird department at the Safari Park.
Marco volunteers for the International Outreach Committee of the American Association of Zookeepers’ San Diego Chapter; and serves as an ambassador for Intertwined Conservation Corporation.
The examinations are developed by working groups of individual experts from each knowledge domain in each examination. These experts are invited to join the ad-hoc working groups by the IATCB board.
Here we acknowledge the individuals who donate their time "behind-the-scenes."
The layout and design of our web site and our beautiful logo were executed by Amy Fennell, CPBT-KA. Sincere thanks from the board for this work.
The IATCB Facebook page and the IATCB Newsletter is maintained by the Social Media Committee which is comprised of Board Member Kelly Garrison CPBT-KA, CPAT-KA as chair, and contributing member Jennifer Drayna CPBT-KA. Thanks for all of your hard work and great information you share with our community.