The Mission of IAATE is to promote best practices in the field of avian care, training, and educational programming, and to inspire conservation of avian species and natural world. Through conferences, publications, personal interactions and its website, IAATE fosters the exchange of information and skills that support the highest standards of managing birds for public programs and exhibits.



The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) was founded to

foster communication, professionalism and cooperation

among those individuals who serve Avian Science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.

Specifically, IAATE recognizes its role in and responsibilities to the continued existence of zoological parks, public and private institutions housing birds. Trainers and other personnel involved in the husbandry and research of birds must have a clear understanding of their individual roles as well as the interplay between themselves, the animals in their care, the communities in which they live and work, and the public which they serve and to which they are ultimately responsible.


IAATE will provide opportunities through which bird trainers can exchange and disseminate current knowledge, research and other information among themselves in professional and social settings. In addition, IAATE seeks to maintain a positive public image by preparing its members to act as ambassadors for the avian community. IAATE hopes to establish a community of members aspiring to attain the objectives of the Association and committed to its code of professional ethics. IAATE is dedicated to providing and advancing the most professional, effective, and humane care and handling of birds in all habitats.