Welcome to The Companion Animal Sciences institute

CASI provides advanced, science-based, online programs to help animal-field professionals all around the world expand their skills in animal training, animal behavior consulting, and shelter and rescue work, as well as canine nutrition and fitnessThese are not cursory fad-based courses that seem to becoming prevalent; they represent the natural science of behavior at an advanced level. 

Payment Plans are Now Available

Points of interest:

  • Academically ADVANCED, science-based curriculum designed for professionals. No fads.
  • Shaping based instruction rather than just sink-or-swim approach to ensure the best conditioning possible.
  • Non-coercive, POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT-BASED methods.
  • STUDY AT HOME, AT YOUR OWN PACE, & START WHENEVER YOU WANT.
  • Academic, HANDS-ON skills development and professional career development assignments to help you on all fronts.
  • Earn CREDITS toward certification or Continuing Education Units for recertification.
  • Earn respected educational CREDENTIALS representing a high level of competence.
  • Extensive ongoing academic and professional development SUPPORT with extensive, detailed course materials supported by online e-mail list with fellow students, industry leading faculty, and graduates, for discussion.
  • FREE MEMBERSHIP with with the Association of Animal behavior Professionals http://www.associationofanimalbehaviorprofessionals.com

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 course or 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.

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. 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, 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, added 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.

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