The Tampa program was filled with a variety of engaging workshops and interesting presentations. The conference proceedings and a few presentations will be available on CollaborNation late 2016.
Don't forget you can view many of the conference presentations at animalprofessional.com. If you're an ABMA member you have complimentary access to the ABMA section on their website!
For each annual conference, the ABMA donates a portion of your conference registration to a conservation organization that is affiliated with the conference for that year. This year, we put the power in your hands and allowed each attendee to choose one of three organizations to donate their registration portion to. Below are the final donation numbers!
Guardian Angel Dog Rescue- $106 donated
Gopher Tortoise Council- $148 donated
Nature Conservancy-Florida Panther Land Acquisition- $241 donated
2016 Honors and Awards
Travel Scholarship Winner: This scholarship is awarded to an ABMA member whose institution is unable to give them financial support. The Travel Scholarship will help the award recipient by giving them the ability to present their work and it will help the organization by giving ABMA members the opportunity to hear presentations that the membership otherwise would not have the opportunity to hear and as such, the Travel Scholarship supports the ABMA Core Value of “Sharing the Knowledge”.
Here and Now with Your Animal- Techniques to Improve the Mental Awareness of Trainers and So Enable More Effective Training by František Šusta and Petra Jaškówová; www.trainingisdialogue.com
Behavioral Management Achievement Award: Recognizes an outstanding achievement in the application of behavior management techniques.
A Challenging Past With a Promising Future: Successful Management of African Great White Pelicans Through the Use of Operant Conditioning by Tiffany Burns, Heather Statz, and Brooke Bowersox; Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Behavioral Management Innovation Award: Recognizes outstanding application of novel, unusual or original behavior management technique.
A Key to The Misunderstood Relationship Building With An Age -Old Predator by Nelly Rivera; Theater of the Sea
Animal Welfare Advancement Award: Recognizes achievements that enhance animal welfare through specific environmental enrichment/conditioning techniques or programs.
When Enrichment Isn’t Helping: The Importance of Identifying the Function of Stereotypic Behaviors before Attempting to Modify Them by Sandy McPadden;The Buzz on Enrichment
Sharing the Knowledge Award: Recognizes achievements in behavior management education to enhance the knowledge of professionals and/or the public to the benefit of animals in human care.
Changing a Perception: Improving Animal Welfare in Vietnam by Erin Ivory and Georgina Allen; Wild Welfare
Poster Presentation Award: Recognizes the best poster that represents an achievement in any of the above categories in this format.
Paw Crate Pedicures with Amur Tigers by Celess Zinda; Oregon Zoo
Impact award: This award is chosen by all delegates at the end of the last formal presentation. Delegates may cast a vote for any paper, poster, or activity that they feel deserves special recognition.
Killing Keiko: A Cautionary Tale of One Whale by Mark Simmons; Executive Vice President, Ocean Embassy, Inc. and Managing Partner, OERCA
2015 Conference | Denmark
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2013 Conference | Toronto, ON
2012 Conference | San Francisco, CA
2011 Conference | Denver, CO
2010 Conference | Pittsburgh, PA
2009 Conference | Providence, RI
2008 Conference | Phoenix, AZ
2007 Conference | Cruise
2006 Conference | San Diego, CA
2005 Conference | Houston, TX
2004 Conference | Baltimore, MD
2003 Conference | Tampa, FL
2002 Conference | San Diego, CA
2001 Conference | Cincinnati, OH