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


  • Enroll and start any time you like from anywhere in the world.

  • CASI utilizes the most effective and minimally stressful method of instruction, the PSI approach.


  • Credits count toward certification and re-certification with the industry's leading professional associations and certifying bodies. 


  • 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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Points of interest:

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

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

  • 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 an 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 post-nominal 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 to take 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 and make tuition payments from the ENROLL page as well.

  • Step #3. Once accepted, you will receive the enrollment agreement to sign.


Professional Presence in the Industry:


Our students, former students, graduates, and faculty are active in their fields. Lynn Hoover became a 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 website 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 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, least intrusive and risk-laden methods to use in animal training and behavior change programming and most conducive to facilitating a reinforcing human-animal social relationship.    

CASI instructs in accordance with a minimally aversive added-reinforcement-based strategy. Click below for elaboration.

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