2024 Avian Online Conference for Education and Training

About AvOCET

Held by Avian Behavior International, AvOCET 2024 will be a virtual gathering space for bird behavior, training, education, and conservation enthusiasts. With  internationally featured renowned speakers, paper submissions, panel discussions, and breakout rooms, the conference is designed to foster challenging ideas and thoughtful discussion, give attendees access to incredible minds in academia and animal care, and keep our community engaged with and feeling inspired by the latest work in the field and laboratory

 

AvOCET Conference April 26-27, 2024

Schedule

See below

Presentations

The AvOCET conference is designed to foster challenging ideas and thoughtful discussion, give attendees access to incredible minds in academia and animal care, and keep our community engaged with and feeling inspired by the latest work in the field and laboratory.

Hillary Hankey

Barbara Heidenreich

Sean Will & Maasa Nishimuta

Lee Stone

Joe Whitehead

Annette Pederson

Lauren McGough

Gail Buhl

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This is going to be one of the premiere events of 2024! Be sure not to miss out!

Registration Deadlines

Presale Tickets

November 30, 2023

Early Bird Registration

January 31, 2023

elite bird of prey experience

Final Registration

April 20, 2024

*** All ticket tiers are limited! ***

Schedule

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Thursday, March 23rd


 

7:30AM

Hillary Hankey
Opening Notes

 

8:00 AM

Featured Speaker: Kerri Wolter, Vulpro South Africa
Saving African Vultures

 

9:00 AM

Featured Speaker: Daniel Cone, World Bird Sanctuary
Modernizing Conservation Across Continents

 

10:00 AM

Q&A – Conservation Topics

 

11:00 AM

Featured Speaker: Scott Echols, DVM Diplomate ABVP
Assessing Body Condition Score Using CT Imaging with Case Examples

 

12:00PM

Break

 

1:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Mary Hunter

 

2:00 PM

Host Speaker Hillary Hankey, Avian Behavior International
Make no mistake: What changing our thoughts about weight management means for education programs

Friday, March 24th


 

6:45 am

Doors open

 

7:00AM

Featured Speaker: Lucy Kemp PhD, Mabula Ground Hornbill Project
Communities and science: The Building Block of Conserving the Thunderbird of the African Savannahs

 

8:00 AM

Chris Shank
Raising Companion Parrots, a Different Perspective

 

9:00AM 

Featured Speakers: Sean Will and Maasa Nishimuta, Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare
The Data Drives Our Process

 

12:00pm

Break

 

1:00pm

Featured Speaker: Barbara Heidenreich, Barbara’s Force Free Animal Training
When the Right Thing is “Negative.” Optimizing Animal Welfare by Shaping Behavior with Negative Reinforcement

 

2:00pm

Melanie Canatella
Not So Crazy Bird