After a 16+ year career caring for animals in zoos and aquariums, those experiences led Valerie to her current focus on human behavior and support. She is a Behavior Consultant and the Administrative Manager of Insight Animal Behavior Services in Chicago, a veterinary behavior specialty practice. Valerie started and continues to lead Insight’s free virtual support group “Living with and Loving Pets with Behavioral Challenges” as well as creating and continuing to co-facilitate a free virtual support group for current and former zoo and aquarium staff with GRAZE (Growing Resiliency in Aquarium and Zoo Employees). Valerie is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with a Veterinary Social Work focus through the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she completed their Veterinary Human Support Certificate in 2022. Valerie is also an Educator for Emotional CPR, which teaches the skills of helping others through active listening.
For questions or information about having Valerie lead a workshop for your team or other Human Support Services, please reach out via email: [email protected]