Dr. Haug graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She did a one year rotating internship at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine before returning to Houston in a general practice. Dr. Haug worked in general medicine and emergency medicine until 1999 when she returned to Texas A & M to complete a residency and Master’s degree in Behavioral Medicine. After her residency, she remained on faculty at TAMU running the Animal Behavior Service until 2007 when she returned to the Houston area to work in a private referral practice doing exclusively behavioral medicine. Dr. Haug currently sees behavior cases at Texas Veterinary Behavior Services in Sugar Land, Texas.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Dr. Haug has a special interest in neurobiology, learning principles, and pharmacology.
Dr. Haug is a frequent speaker at veterinary and behavior conferences and writes for a number of industry publications. She is an active equestrian and shares her home with her husband, a pit bull mix dog, an Arabian gelding.
Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens, rabbits, parrots, and cats to dogs and horses – not to mention humans. A biologist by training, Irith is fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars.
Irith is faculty at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), as well as being certified in TAGteach, a positive reinforcement method for coaching humans.
Irith regularly presents at conferences, and has given seminars as far away as Japan. She has written numerous articles for online outlets. She has also been published in print in Everydog magazine, as well as The Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s Chronicle of the Dog and the recently released book “Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Dog Trainers.”
Irith volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue, and is on the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of people and their pets throughout Los Angeles County.
Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, a pet training company based in Los Angeles. She shares her home with a rescued English Shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).
Monique Feyrecilde is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior, and works full time in small animal private practice near Seattle, WA. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology. With over 20 years of experience, Monique brings a unique blend of behavioral science and practical skills to take veterinary teams to the next level.
An accomplished lecturer, curriculum developer, and author, Monique enjoys traveling to meet and work with veterinary professionals at educational events around the world. She is very excited to have her first book, co-authored with Alicea Howell, slated for publication at the end of 2017. The book is dedicated to Cooperative Veterinary Care for every day life – what every veterinary team member needs to know to teach patients how to cooperate and participate in their own care.
When she is not working or teaching, Monique enjoys spending time with her family including competing with her own dogs in sheepdog trials and agility trials.
Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and worked as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of his residency program. He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, also in 2010.
Dr. Pachel is currently the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of a book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy.
In 1992 Jenn Fiendish turned her love of animals into a career. Since then she has enjoyed many roles in veterinary medicine including general practice, emergency medicine, and even teaching. In July of 2014, after many years of preparation, she was awarded the title Veterinary Technician Specialist Behavior.
Jenn is passionate about animal training and behavior and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others in the veterinary community as well as the public. After several years of riding horses in exhibition she saw that the horse industry was still rooted in the past and lacked scientifically based information, so she began to reach out to those in the equine industry to educate them on the use of more positive methods of training.
In her free time, Jenn enjoys riding horses or fun and for show and is involved with both mounted archery and working equitation. She is an avid crocheter and is always working on several projects at a time. Her ‘pack’ includes three hairless dogs, two geese, a snake, and one very patient husband.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 13 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at conferences and consults with zoos around the world.
Dr. Friedman is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin (www.naturalencouters.com). Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild.
She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC and IAATE. This year she was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of “15 Animal Professors to Know.” Susan’s acclaimed on-line course, Living and Learning with Animals for behavior professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 30 countries (www.behaviorworks.org).