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Meet the Speakers at the 2019 APDT conference - Book your Tickets Today

This years conference will take place at the beautiful Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley NSW Thurday 14th November - Sunday 17th November - book early and have something awesome to look forward to! Register by clicking this link


Peta Clarke lives and breaths the animals she works with. With over twenty years experience working as a professional animal trainer in a variety of settings both in Australia and America, she has engulfed herself during that time in the practical and theoretical application of reinforcement training in the training and care of literally thousands of animals. While Peta’s first love is working with dogs, her experiences in the field of animal training range from elephants to goldfish. As a trainer and presenter of animal shows in zoos on several continents, she has had the opportunity to work with many exotic animals, but has focused her work in this area on working with free-flighted birds and marine mammals.

Peta also runs her own animal training and consultancy business, Animal Training Solutions based out of Sydney, Australia. Peta consults on both pet dog and parrot behaviour and training issues for companion owners and consults extensively with wildlife parks and zoos worldwide on improved training practices and show development.

Peta Clarke is a Nationally Accredited Trainer, holding her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a sought-after lecturer, teaching Certificate level animal training and behaviour courses for aspiring animal trainers and an invited lecturer for many dog training clubs, zoos, and other private organisations.


Dr Kate Mornement is an Applied Animal Behaviourist, consultant, expert witness, educator and media spokesperson. She has a PhD in canine behaviour, from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in zoology (Animal Behaviour) from La Trobe University. Kate’s PhD investigated the assessment of shelter dog behaviour to determine adoption suitability, particularly in Australia. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published four papers on her findings in the scientific literature. Since 2004, Kate has consulted pet owners experiencing behavioural difficulties with their dogs, cats and parrots through her business Pets Behaving Badly. She has also provided consulting services and professional development seminars and workshops for people who work with animals in shelters, council pounds, veterinary clinics, doggy daycare, local Government, aquarium and research facilities. Kate is also regularly sought as an expert witness in menacing and dangerous dog cases in Victoria. She has previously worked at RSPCA Victoria, the Animal Welfare Science Centre, Box Hill Institute and the Anthrozoology Research Group at Monash and LaTrobe Universities in research and teaching roles. Kate is an Associate Editor of the Open Access journal Pet Behaviour Science and an active member of the Australian Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Association of Animal Behaviour Professionals (AABP) and the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).