Information provided courtesy of Mary Ann Simonds, MA
The field of animal psychology and behavior is the science of studying how animals think, feel and behave. This study has mostly targeted the understanding of either “wild animals” or “pest species” for obvious reasons. However, today with people wanting to understand their own companion animals better, this field has grown to include a variety of professionals from animal trainers to various relationship counseling and behavioral consultants.
Animal Psychologists are usually academically trained professionals. However since there are only a few schools in the world that offer undergraduate or graduate training specifically in the field of “applied animal psychology,” most professionals have other forms of training. The academic background of these professionals may include animal behavior, biology, ecology, ethology and psychology.
For more information on training programs, consult a professional animal behaviorist or psychologist.