A senior trainer is the manager of all groups of trainers working for the SLEWTHS project. A senior trainer has mastered beginning and intermediate level training and management. Senior trainers learn dangerous and delicate behaviors like blood sampling, stomach tubing, and advanced desensitization procedures. The senior trainer is free to explore novel training techniques and approaches and learns to train their own novel behaviors to the animals. The senior trainer has mastered and is checked off for most of the behaviors of each of the animals and have the experience and wisdom to act as a responsible manager. They perform shows and public interactions and often present at scientific meetings and conferences.
The following people have completed the Senior Trainer Certification (and the Animal Care, Assistant Trainer and Trainer Certification):
Sophie Darling (Obtained Supervising Trainer position)
Traci Kendall (Fink)
Allison Reesh (obtained the Head Trainer position)
Heather Yeager (obtained the Head Trainer position)