The APDT would like to thank our generous sponsors, Dogwise Books and Newtrix Advanced Pet Products, for their support of the 2013 Awards.
Laura Van Dyne
Laura Van Dyne has been a member of APDT since 1996 and is a retired Professor of Veterinary Technology at Colorado Mountain College. She currently serves on the APDT Education Advisory Group, the APDT Nominating Committee, and is a former chair of the Awards Committee as well as a former member of the Board of Directors and the APDT Education Task Force.
Laura is currently a Certified Pet Dog Trainer and an IAABC Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. She is a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and student, as well as an AKC CGC Evaluator. She is a founding member of and Hospital Liaison for Heeling Partners of the Roaring Fork Valley in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
Over the years, Laura has managed to attend 16 APDT Educational Conferences! She lives in Carbondale, Colorado with her two Portugese Water Dogs: "Louie" and "Gem."
2013 Dogwise John Fisher Essay Scholarship Winner
Kim Wilson LVT, CABC, CPDT-KA is a licensed veterinary technician with a focus on behavior and exotic animal husbandry. She has been training animals professionally since 1981, although training began in early childhood with a variety of species including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, guinea pigs, mice, rabbits, goats, a raccoon, a brother and an opossum. She has been known to say that her first language was dog.
The owner of From the Animal's Perspective, in Kingston, NY, Kim focuses on a holistic, respectful approach to training for all animals and all owners. Kim operates a dog/kitten training facility, provides in-service training on behavior topics for veterinary clinics, and teaches them how to run Puppy/Kitten Socialization classes. Kim has worked for a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist, interned at UC Davis and taught the Behavior Medicine course at the local AVMA veterinary technology college. She has dual degrees in Equine Science, a minor in Dairy Cattle Management, is pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science and is on track to sit for her boards as a Veterinary Technician Specialist – (Behavior) in 2015.
Raised in the dog/horse show community, the show lifestyle is in Kim's blood. She is a WCR/APDT Rally and a CDSP Obedience Judge, serves as a volunteer and paid consultant to rescue groups to evaluate temperament and develop enrichment/training programs. Kim has developed horse and dog kid's camps, sits on the local dog park committee as a consultant, runs a small scale rat rescue, and is developing an Animal Behavior Club for the local 4H program. Kim also founded the "Hudson Valley and Beyond Trainer's Cooperative," a group of trainers who work jointly on cases.
Her greatest loves are learning, observing, teaching and DANCING for fun, joy and health!
Kim currently shares her life with her saint of a husband Bill, four dogs, two indoor cats (a five year old bottle-fed bratty female and a six-month-old male desperately trying to teach the bratty cat "cat language") and 10 pet rats.
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2013 Dr. Robert Curran NewTrix Video Award Winner
Kate Anders, CPDT-KSA, is the owner of Pretty Good Dog, a consulting business geared towards finding positive solutions for the family pet. She is the Midwest Regional Representative for the Family Paws Parent Education Programs, seasoned as a Dogs & Storks™ pre-natal workshop presenter, and a licensed Be a Tree educator. She managed the behavior and training program for the Minnesota Valley Humane Society for more than five years and currently sits on the board of directors for the Twin Cities Obedience Training Club. Although she got her start running basic manners classes, these days Kate spends most of her time consulting on behavior issues and helping new, expecting and expanding families navigate life with kids and dogs. She has found time to try her hand at research and is currently assisting with a study on canine diet and performance. Kate works full-time as a dog behavior and training consultant and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, son, and pair of pretty good dogs.