CASI provides advanced professional development, natural-science based, self-paced, distance/online programs of study in the natural science of behavior to help animal-field professionals all around the world expand their skills and knowledge in animal behavior well beyond the industry standard. CASI utilizes the most effective and minimally stressful method of instruction, the PSI approach.


Credits count toward certification and recertification with the industry's premier professional associations and certifying bodies. Programs of study available in canine and feline nutrition and fitness are also available

Explore the rest of this page for further information, check out the programs and testimonials page and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.


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CASI courses are not cursory or fad-based; they represent the natural science of behavior at an advanced level well beyond the industry standard, designed to allow professionals to take their careers to the next level. 


Points of interest:

  • Academically ADVANCED, science-based curriculum designed for professionals. No fads or proprietary systems.

  • Shaping based instruction (rather than just sink-or-swim approach) to ensure the best conditioning possible with minimal stress on the student. Inadequate assignments result in guidance and resubmission rather than failing grade.

  • Non-coercive, POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT-BASED methods.


  • Academic, HANDS-ON skills development, and professional career development assignments to help you on all fronts.

  • CREDITS toward certification or Continuing Education Units for recertification.

  • Respected educational CREDENTIALS representing a high level of competence.

  • Extensive ongoing academic and professional development SUPPORT with extensive, detailed course materials supported by online discussion forum with fellow students, industry leading faculty, and graduates, for discussion (participate as much or as little as you like).

  • Utilizing the MOST SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE-BASED SYSTEM OF INSTRUCTION, the Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) informed by the natural science of behavior studied in the program. See FAQ page for details.

What the Graduate Gets:

  • Solid education for professional skills upgrading from a respected educational institution that will help you expand your professional repertoire.

  • Credit toward certification and recertification through the industry’s premier professional associations and certifying bodies.

  • Certificate or Diploma credentials and appropriate postnominal letters representing graduation (e.g., Dip.ABST).

  • Right to advertise and market Companion Animal Sciences Institute graduation and use the Companion Animal Sciences Institute Graduate logo.


How to Get Started:

Here is how it works taking a program of study through CASI:

  • Step #1. Explore the certificate and diploma programs and decide what would be best for your goals. Ask us any questions you like to help ensure you make the right choice for your goals.

  • Step #2. Click the ENROLL link to complete the enrollment application. You will be notified whether your application is accepted or declined, and if it is accepted, you will receive the enrollment agreement to complete.

  • Step #3. Make tuition payment from the ENROLL page as well.


Working Your Way Through Your Program:


Students will receive a welcome e-mail, which includes the Student Handbook and their first Course Notes document. They should make arrangements to purchase any required materials that they have not already purchased (the course descriptions on the web site will describe any required materials). They will also receive an invite to the e-mail list for students, grads, and faculty. After reading the student handbook and accepting the e-mail list invite, the student will read the student handbook and begin working their way through the assignments. Most assignments will require short essay responses to the study questions or directives. Some assignments will be based on hands-on assignments that the student carries out before reporting on their progress through that assignment. The student may contact their instructor directly at any time with questions or they may post to the e-mail list for discussion. Students will hand in their assignments, which will be reviewed and returned with grades and guidance where required. Upon completing all of the required courses, the student will graduate and receive their certificate or diploma via e-mail.

Industry Presence


Our students, former students, graduates and faculty are active in their field. Lynn Hoover became co-founder (along with James O'Heare) and president of the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants, Kellyann Conway has been the president of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers, Mychelle Blake was editor of the Chronicle of the Dog, published by the APDT and Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice, published by the IAABC and is the Executive Director of the APDT. Parvene Farhoody has been president of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers and Lisa Clifton-Bumpass was the secretary and chair of the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers Exam Development Committee. Niki Tudge runs the Pet Professional Guild and Angelica Steinker and Marilyn Wolf also work with the PPG. Susan G. Friedman has been the chair of the IAABC Parrot Division. The list goes on. Check out our testimonials page. A CASI Graduate putting her education to work. We are very proud of the fact that our students are very pleased with their experience with CASI.


Further Information:


For further information please explore the web site through the links to the left and visit our FAQ page. And of course do not hesitate to email us with any questions you might have. We are pleased to provide answers.

CASI Mission:


The mission of The Companion Animal Sciences Institute is to provide advanced, challenging, science-based professional development education in the animal behavior, training, behavior change programming, and personal interest education in fitness and nutrition fields in a distance format that promotes non-coercive methods.


CASI Methodological Stance:

It is the stance of CASI, its advisory board, and instructors that non-coercive, positive reinforcement-based methods are the most efficient and effective, and least intrusive and risk laden methods to use in animal training and behavior change programming, and most conducive to facilitate a reinforcing human–animal social relationship.    

CASI instructs in accordance with a minimally aversive added-reinforcement based strategy. Click here and follow link to “the Strategy.”

CASI instructs in accordance with the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals Professional Practice Guidelines.

CASI Student Resources:

Glossary or Terms and Abbreviations

Journal of Animal Behavior Technology

Professional Practice Guidelines

Journal of Behaviorology

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