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Alicea Howell graduated from Purdue University with her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2003, and received her animal training certification through the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior in 2008. She was one of the fist veterinary technicians to earn her Veterinary Technician Specialists in animal behavior. Alicea is a leader in the field, consulting with veterinary hospitals on adding behavior wellness and intervention to general veterinary practices, including ways to decrease stress in their patients.
Alicea is a nationally-recognized speaker, providing lectures and hands-on labs for veterinarians and veterinary technicians at state, regional and national conferences. She has written many articles for veterinary publications and is published in the North American Veterinary Clinic Journal Veterinary Technicians and Exotic Animal Training. She authored the Behavior Review chapter in Mosby's Review for Veterinary Technicians and is currently working on a book for Wiley publishing entitled Low Stress Veterinary Procedures: A Guide to Training Cooperative Behavior.
Alicea is the past president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and is the current president-elect of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.