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Melody first caught the bird bug at the age of 9 when she fell in love with her first pet, a pied cockatiel named Al. Al was the ultimate partner in crime and sparked a love and deep admiration for all birds and their well-being.
Melody has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since April 2008. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Trainer Partner through the Karen Pryor Academy in 2014. Melody has completed Susan Friedman's Learning and Living with Animals course and Steve Martin's training workshop at NEI, Natural Encounters, Inc. She has enjoyed many training adventures with furry companion pets, including a puppy training program with inmates at Valley State Prison.
Busy Beaks Academy was created in 2015 and has been offering group classes, private training sessions, online training sessions, veterinary consults, and webinars ever since! Working with the Medical Center for Birds, Melody is able to offer training consults to help improve medical management and assist with concerns like learned fear, medication training, desensitization and counter conditioning.