Waltham, MA, March 27, 2009—The members of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (AVBT) and the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT) scholarship committee are pleased to announce Elizabeth (Liz) Drennan of Michigan as the first recipient of the AVBT “Faith” Scholarship to the Dog Trainer Program at Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA).
A Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) for 15 years, Liz Drennan has a longstanding interest in behavior modification. Several glowing recommendations from veterinary clients attest to Liz’s wisdom, experience, success, and communication skills—with both dogs and humans.
Liz herself owns eight dogs, seven of them Siberian huskies, and has experience in harness work, obedience, and agility. Her belief in the power of positive training, and the benefits of education and prevention, is strong. She says, “I believe that clicker training is the bridge to better understanding between humans and canines.” Liz looks forward to the KPA experience, and to earning her Veterinary Technician Specialist credentials in behavior in the future.
SVBT Committee Chair Pam Mahlie says, “Liz’s application, letter of intent, and four reference letters were all outstanding. Her experience in many disciplines in our field also made her a great candidate.”
The “Faith” scholarship honors the service dog clicker trained by Julie Shaw for her son Dylan 14 years ago. Faith died of lymphosarcoma at the age of six, but her memory lives on through the recipients of the scholarship. Julie Shaw was excited, and a little emotional, to learn that Liz Drennan had been awarded the inaugural scholarship. “The awarding of the scholarship makes it feel as if things have gone full circle. Faith taught all of us so much, and now that gift is going back to the profession I love so dearly.”
Up to three “Faith” scholarships will be awarded annually, each valued at $2,500 (the scholarship recipient is responsible for the remaining $2,800 tuition fee). The SVBT scholarship committee, along with the AVBT board of regents, selects a recipient who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the role of the veterinary technician in the discipline of animal behavior and has a desire and the ability to pursue his or her Veterinary Technician Specialist-Behavior (VTS-Behavior) credentials. For a scholarship application or more details about the scholarship program, visit www.svbt.org.
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior is an educational institution that teaches inspired animal training through innovative programs designed for both experienced and aspiring teachers. The Academy advances the field of force-free training through community and peer collaboration, and helps its faculty and alumni become more successful through close business partnerships. To learn more about Karen Pryor Academy, visit www.karenpryoracademy.com.