About Us

The Art and Science of Animal Training is a non-profit organization that exists to improve relationships between humans and other animals through educational programs that increase the understanding and use of behavior analytic principles as they apply to human-animal interactions and through supporting research initiatives that investigate new, improved training practices.

In 2009, the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA) organized the first Art and Science of Animal Training Conference at the University of North Texas.

ORCA created the conference as a way to share information and ideas related to the science of behavior analysis, the application of behavior principles to animal training, and new innovations and technologies being developed by professional trainers in the field. The conference is unique, in that it facilitates conversations and the exchange of ideas between professional animal trainers, behavior analysts, zoo and aquarium professionals, and pet owners.

Since 2009, the conference has grown in size and reputation. And, in the summer of 2015, a separate non-profit organization was formed to oversee the conference and expand it to a two-day event.

In addition to the conference, our new organization plans to engage in other educational activities, including producing and distributing educational content through our website, hosting additional workshops and events, and supporting research projects that lead to a better understanding of animal behavior and animal training practices.

We are excited about the future of The Art and Science of Animal Training as it continues to grow and expand. As a whole, we believe our organization’s research and educational initiatives will lead to better care and treatment of animals and improved relationships between people and other animals.

If you wish to support our organization through volunteering your time, making a donation, sponsoring the conference, or in some other way, please contact us for more information.