PUP E Spots Training Program
Assistant Director, 2016-2021
PUP E (Preventing Unwanted Pet Euthanasia) is an initiative of the Miami Veterinary Foundation. I served as Assistant Director of the SPOTS Training Program, teaching Veterinary Science High School Students in the foundations of science-based dog behavior, force-free dog training & humane protocols for kennel care and enrichment. All methods are in line with the Veterinary Behavior Standard of Care. We empower the students with the knowledge and tools to change the veterinary field through their internships in veterinary hospitals and future careers in the veterinary field. As Assistant Director, my responsibilities included staffing the volunteer training team, teaching classes, giving seminars, interfacing with school officials, scheduling and creating protocols, curriculum, and behavior modification plans. I also trained Ava and her handler, Felix Varela High School’s first student/comfort dog team.
For more on the program, see my article in Barks From the Guild.