About Barbara Heidenreich

In 1982 Barbara Heidenreich secured her first job working with animals in a veterinary hospital. After exploring different animal related jobs and receiving her degree in Zoology from UC Davis in 1990, Barbara started her career as an animal trainer in a zoological park. She has been a professional trainer ever since.

Barbara provides consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities. She lectures regularly to the veterinary community and is an adjunct clinical instructor at Texas A & M University, Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. Barbara is a former president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2009. She volunteers her expertise to support conservation projects, The Kakapo Recovery Program and the Bird Endowment. In her career she has trained animals, trained staff, lectured and/or presented shows at over 60 facilities around the world. (See below)

Barbara has been a featured speaker on animal training in over twenty countries and has been published in nine languages. (Visit her past calendar here.) Barbara teaches learning theory as described by the science of behavior analysis. She is also passionate about teaching excellent animal training practical application skills. Barbara is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train thousands of animals, from rabbits to rhinos. This hands-on practice with so many different individual animals has been invaluable to helping her provide caregivers the tools they need to solve behavior problems and have a great relationship with the animals in their lives based on trust. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise.

Barbara has been employed, lectured, presented workshops, trained staff, presented shows, provided consulting services and/or worked at the following facilities:

Zoos
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas Zoo
Dallas World Aquarium
Santa Barbara Zoo
El Paso Zoo
Brookfield Zoo
Caldwell Zoo
Curacao Zoo
John Ball Zoo
Staten Island Zoo
Disney’s Discovery Island
Marine World Africa USA
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Tautphaus Park Zoo
Gulf Park Marine World
Perth Zoo in Australia
Ocean Park in Hong Kong
Umgeni River Bird Park in South Africa
Africam Safari in Puebla Mexico
Vallarta Adventures in Mexico
Auckland Zoo in New Zealand
Xcaret in Mexico
Wellington Zoo in New Zealand
London Zoo, United Kingdom
Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark
Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Ranch
Austin Zoo
Walsrode Bird Park in Germany
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Helsinki Zoo, Finland
Auckland Zoo, New Zealand
Mill Mountain Zoo
San Antonio Zoo
Dublin Zoo, Ireland
Zoo Heidelberg, Germany
Taman Safari Indonesia
Fota Wildlife Park Ireland
Zoo Leon, Mexico
Frank Buck Zoo
Boras Zoo, Sweden
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Zoo Karlsruhe in Germany
Poznan Zoo in Poland

Conservation Projects
The Kakapo Recovery Program
The Bird Endowment

Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and Universities
University of North Texas – Denton Psychology Dept. O.R.C.A.
University of North Carolina Veterinary Medicine at Raleigh Durham
University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical School
Cornell University Veterinary Medical School
University of Vienna, Austria
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Shuttleworth College Bedfordshire, England, UK
Hadlow College, Hadlow, England, UK

Adjunct Instructor
Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical School

Parrot Sanctuaries/Rescues
Tucson Avian Rescue and Adoption Foundation
Parrots and People
The Gabriel Foundation
Best Friends Sanctuary Garden
Phoenix Landing Helping Parrots
Parrots First
Mickaboo Companion Parrot Rescue
Parrot University
Cockatoo Downs
National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation

Resorts & Leisure Destinations
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Westside Tennis and Fitness
State Fair of Texas

Animal Education Centers
Earth Rangers in Canada
Kaytee Learning Center
Hoo Haven
Science Center of Western Virginia

Other
US Dept of Agriculture
Parrot Society of the United Kingdom
Parrot Society of Australia
Parrot Society of New Zealand


Download Selected Professional Articles By Barbara Heidenreich

Training For Oral Medications and Injections
Harpy Eagle Training: Exploring the Potential of Positive Reinforcement
Destined to Reproduce: Training Breeding Birds
Training Birds for Husbandry and Medical Behavior to Reduce or Eliminate Stress
Addressing Undesired Sexual Behavior in Kakapo
Weight Management in Animal Training: Pitfalls, Ethical Considerations and Alternatives
Weight Management in Animal Training Revisited: Correcting Misquotes and Misrepresentation
Video of PowerPoint Presentation on Weight Management in Animal Training.

Education:
Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from the University of California at Davis

Affiliations:
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE)
– Former president and member of the board of director’s from 1997 to 2009

The Animal Behavior Management Association (ABMA)
– Charter member

European Association of Zoos and Aquariums
-Animal Training Working Group – Advisor
-Parrot Taxon Advisory Group – Advisor

Zoological Association of America (ZAA)

American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK)

Elephant Managers Association  (EMA)

American Federation of Aviculture (AFA)

DVDs, Books, Magazine, Articles and Webinars Produced by Barbara Heidenreich:

DVDs
Parrot Behavior and Training
Training Your Parrot for the Veterinary Exam
Understanding Parrot Body Language
Get Your Bird Back
The Basics of Parrot Training: A Live Workshop
Train Your Parrot to Talk
Bunny Training 101
Guinea Pig Training 101

Books
Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavior Problems in Companion Parrots Book
The Parrot Problem Solver Book
Guest Editor and Chapter Author: Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice 2012
Chapter Author: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice 2014

Webinars
For companion animal caregivers and animal training professionals
1. Addressing Screaming for Attention in Companion Parrots
2. Train Your Parrot to Step Up
3. Solutions for Biting and Aggressive Behavior in Companion Parrots
4. Fixing Fear Responses and Building Trust with Companion Parrots
5. Solutions for Parrot Behavior Problems Related to Hormones
6. How to Train Your Parrot
7. Flight Training for Companion Parrots
8. Training Rescued and/or Re-Homed Parrots
9. Fear Free Veterinary Care for Companion Parrots
10. Creating Motivation and Identifying Reinforcers
11. Advanced Concepts in Animal Training and their Practical Application
12 An Introduction to Animal Training for Zoo Professionals

Magazine
Good Bird Magazine (for 7 years)

Published Magazine Articles
BUST Magazine –USA
USA Today’s Pet Guide – USA
Bird Talk Magazine – USA
Birds USA – USA
Rabbits USA – USA
Pet Age Magazine – USA
Good Bird Magazine – USA
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators Flyer – USA
American Association of Zoo Keepers Animal Keepers’ Forum – USA
Urban Animal – Australia
BirdKeeper – Australia
Parrot News – Australia
Parrots Magazine – United Kingdom
World Parrot Trust Psittascene – United Kingdom
Kaijutin – Finland
Companion Bird – Japan
Woliera – Poland
Papegaaien -The Netherlands