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About Precision Behavior

Precision Behavior (PB) is an international animal behavior consulting firm that specializes in improving the welfare of animals under human care. The professionals at PB have spent their careers living the positive reinforcement-based principles that they teach while working with and learning from the world’s most amazing animals. They have found that positive relationships yield profound results.

 

Precision Behavior frequently assists their clients with every aspect of running successful animal management programs including staff hiring and evaluations, job descriptions, employment criteria, employee retention programs, exhibit and show design and direction, safety protocols, area S.O.P.s, record-keeping systems, full behavior management oversight and much more.

 

Precision Behavior teaches both basic and advanced Animal Training seminars and workshops to animal professionals, college students and aspiring trainers. We also specialize in positive behavior modification for school systems, parents and corporations. We have authored numerous publications and presentations and Thad is the co-author of three Whale Done books.

Precision Behavior
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THE PB INSTRUCTOR TEAM

THAD LACINAK, FOUNDER

Thad is a founder of Precision Behavior. In this role, he manages project development and consulting and works to advance animal behavior modification techniques and trainer safety within the zoological community. Thad is also integral to the instructional products of the Company, teaching positive reinforcement-based courses to both zoological and corporate clients. He currently consults at zoological and domestic animal facilities world-wide.

 

In 2008, Thad retired from a 35-year career at Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), as Vice President and Corporate Curator of Animal Training where he directed animal training and enrichment efforts at all U.S. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Theme Parks. Thad oversaw and coordinated the efforts of over 450 animal trainers and keepers at these parks. In short, he had the world’s largest animal training staff as well as the world’s largest collection of trained animals under his purview.

 

Lacinak was instrumental in developing Sea World’s and Busch Gardens’ industry-leading behavior and training techniques, husbandry procedures, and spectacular killer whale shows. Thad led the team that won the prestigious Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association in 2007 for the Believe killer whale show. In addition, he has won numerous awards for presentations and workshops at professional conferences.

 

Lacinak is a member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association where he was Vice President in 1986 and he was co-founder and president of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance. He is frequently sought by the media for his expert opinion on a wide variety of animal-related issues and has been featured on CNN’s Larry King Live, Fox News, and Good Morning America, among other shows.

 

Since the publication of the New York Time’s best-seller, Whale Done! in 2001, which sold over a million copies in eighteen languages, Thad continues to present keynote speeches, seminars and workshops globally to major corporations and US Government agencies explaining the Whale Done process, vastly improving working relationships. Whale Done Parenting was released in the Fall of 2009. Thad collaborated on a third book in the Whale Done series, The Whale Done School, which was released in the Spring of 2012.

ANGI MILLWOOD LACINAK, FOUNDER

Angi is a founder of Precision Behavior. She manages daily operations and project development of the Company focused on corporate leadership training and zoological consulting. In this role, Angi also writes, designs and instructs positive reinforcement-based seminars and workshops directed at improving the lives of people and animals. In addition to her skills as an instructor, she has an extensive background in exotic animal training and theatrical show production. She currently consults at zoological and domestic animal facilities worldwide.

 

Previously, Angi held positions at several top-ranked animal facilities. She served as Manager of Marine Mammals at the Atlantis Resort, The Palm, in Dubai where she was responsible for the care and training of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins as well as staff development. She was also the Director of Behavior Programs at Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI), responsible for behavioral husbandry consulting in zoological facilities worldwide including training staff, training animals, and show development as well as coordinating all of NEI’s animal training workshops. Prior to work at NEI, Angi was the Animal Training Coordinator at the Fort Worth Zoo, responsible for the Zoo’s animal training programs for more than 350 animal species. She was also a member of the Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening team, working with a wide variety of species and assisting with the implementation of a variety of behavioral husbandry initiatives.

 

Angi is currently a professional member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), where she served for years on the Board of Directors. She is a professional member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA). Angi has conducted numerous workshops and papers nationally and internationally at conferences, for zoo staff, college students and business professionals. In 2005 she received the prestigious Animal Welfare Advancement Award from the ABMA.

 

She has served as a Course Instructor for the AZA professional courses: Animal Training Applications in Zoo and Aquarium Settings and Meeting Your Institutional Goals through Program Animals. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a B.A. in Theater and English, an M.A. from the University of Exeter in the U.K. in Anthrozoology (the study of human-animal relationships) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Anthrozoology.

OTTO FAD, PARTNER

Otto brings more than three decades of cetacean, pinniped and elephant experience to Precision Behavior (in addition to a whole host of other mammals and birds!) A staunch advocate for animal welfare, Otto’s talents as a writer and behaviorist make him a valuable member of the PB team.

Previous to PB, Otto was the Elephant Manager at Busch Gardens Tampa (BGT), when the park transitioned to a PC/PRT program in 2004. Prior to that, he was Senior Trainer and Research Coordinator at SeaWorld Orlando, where he worked with marine mammals beginning in 1987.

 

In addition to working with a terrific team of talented trainers, Otto is heavily involved in research and elephant welfare. He has written, spoken, and presented on topics including desensitization, husbandry training, anthropomorphism, natural history, facility design, cognition and comparative psychology, safety, staff development, thermoregulation, elephant personality, and positive reinforcement in numerous venues including seven different college campuses.

 

Otto has consulted on elephant behavior issues both in the US and across the pond in the UK. He is an Advisor to the AZA Animal Welfare Committee and also serves as BGT’s IR for Elephants and Animal Welfare. He is also a member of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) and The Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA), for which he formerly served as a board member and chair of the Government Affairs Committee. He is also a past member of EMA, as well as the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA).