The Art & Science of Animal Training Conference

Mark your calendar!

February 23 – 24, 2019

ORCA presents

The 11th Annual

Art and Science of Animal Training Conference

Hurst Conference Center

Hurst, Texas (near the Dallas airport)

Join us for two days of lectures and conversations about the science of animal training and “what’s new” in the field of animal training.

Registration Information: Registration will open September 17.

Registration is open! Please click here to access the registration form.

The registration price includes the Friday evening reception, the two-day conference, lunch on Saturday, lunch on Sunday, and a conference t-shirt.

Early-bird registration (100 tickets available): $420 ** SOLD OUT **

Regular registration (100 tickets available): $460 ** fewer than 50 tickets **

Saturday banquet dinner and award ceremony: $40

Conference CEUs: CEUs will be available for the following organizations:
CCPDT 11.5 CEUs (7.5 CEUs for trainers, 4 CEUs for behavior consultants)
IAABC: 11.5 CEUs
KPA: 11.5 CEUs
IATCB: 11.5 CEUs


Announcing Dr. Alliston Reid as our 2019 Keynote Speaker

Alliston Reid received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1981 under the supervision of Dr. John Staddon. After 15 years of teaching and research at Duke University, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (in Mexico City), and Eastern Oregon University, Dr. Reid began teaching at Wofford College in 1996. He has won nine awards for teaching excellence in psychology and in computer science, teaching in English and in Spanish. These awards include his selection as Governor’s Distinguished Professor for the state of South Carolina, a $50,000 Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected him as the 2012 South Carolina Professor of the Year for “extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching.” Dr. Reid was granted an endowed professorship as “Reeves Family Professor of Psychology.” He is Past-President of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB).

Dr. Reid works in comparative cognition. This research has led to internationally-renown research with Chaser, the Border collie (Pilley & Reid, 2011), and the entertaining Rat Basketball tournaments on YouTube. His recent research has focused on the rules of integration of responding and environmental cues to produce adaptive patterns of behavior—such as the acquisition of behavioral skills, which will be the topic of his keynote address.

Read the abstract for Dr. Reid’s keynote talk.

More information about Dr. Reid can be found on his website.

More information about the conference program will be available very soon.