Stereotypies: What Are They and How Do We Deal With Them

KPA CEUs: 1.5

In this course, Eddie Fernandez will discuss stereotypies in animals.  Eddie has worked with zoo animals for many years, and stereotypies are a common problem.  These animals are in an unnatural environment and when their basic, instinctive needs are not met, it is not unusual for them to develop stereotypies.  Companion animals can also develop stereotypies.  Eddie will talk about what a stereotypy is, how to assess a situation to determine if it is a stereotypy, and if so, how to resolve the problem.

Stereotypies are not an everyday occurrence for most trainers, so it is important to be able to recognize one if we should run across it; if we do not realize what we are dealing with, we can spend a great deal of time and client money and never resolve the problem.  If we realize what we are dealing with, we can make an informed decision – even if that decision is to refer the client to a veterinary behaviorist.  Stereotypies are very upsetting to owners and the more we understand, the more help we can give.


Eduardo J. Fernandez, Ph.D.

Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez graduated with his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he was the co-founder and President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Eduardo runs the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF) listserv, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective, runs the IU Zoo research group, which focuses on behavioral research in zoo settings at Indiana University, edits for the Pets, Zoos, and Animals section on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies website, is the Chair and Program Chair of the Association for Behavior Analysis’s Special Interest Group, the Animal Trainer’s Forum, and is a board member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA). He is currently working on a doctorate degree in Psychology with a minor in Animal Behavior and Neural Science at Indiana University in Bloomington, and spends much of his time conducting animal welfare, behavioral enrichment, and animal training/operant/respondent research in the laboratory and at the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo.

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