Professional Development Committee

The IAATE Professional Development Committee (PDC) will provide a strong foundation for avian professionals to gain information and improve management and training of their birds to better present inspirational education programs. By sharing the most current information and practices in our community we will create the highest levels of care, training, show production and presentation, which will improve avian welfare and well-being.


PDC provides many benefits for members. Do you need someone to guide you through a new training challenge? Designing a new routine for a show? Setting up ideal perching options for a special needs bird? Or just someone to bounce ideas off of and brainstorm? PDC mentors are here to offer expertise in many areas of our community. Tap into this free resource today and help improve animal welfare by learning directly from some of the top trainers in our field. 


Do you just have a general question about training birds? Chances are many trainers out there have the same questions as you! E-mail your question to the committee chair, Amy Fennell today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your question will be posted anonymously on the IAATE website or in the Flyer and answered by one of our Mentors. Don’t forget to utilize the member forums too, where you can connect with many other colleagues right now to discuss all things bird!  


Please feel free to contact us using the contact form. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.



The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators

is an organization for individuals who are active in the field of avian training and who are involved in environmental education programs.

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.



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