Chirag entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession internationally. He is highly sought after for consulting with private clients and organisations as well as running workshops for professionals internationally. Chirag consults on the behaviour management and training of domestic animals kept as pets, exotics, zoo and laboratory animals. He speaks at Clicker Expo and is the organizer of the WOOF conference in the UK. His passion is the application of behaviour change science and ethics to improve the life of animals living under human care, especially applying training principles to teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a stress free manner.
His YouTube Channel has accumulated over half a million hits and provides free resources for pet owners and professionals. You can for example see Chirag work on veterinary and care giving behaviors with his kelpie Cody here!
Chirag is a consultant for Guides Dogs for the Blind Association and the Kong Company. In 2015, Chirag was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant. He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).
Previously Chirag has worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour. Managed the Animal Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugford’s Company of Animals in Chertsey, Surrey. He has also held a post at the University of Lincoln, as a research technician responsible for the training of Rats and Degus in a sponsored odour discrimination and Indiction project. In addition to this Chirag worked in veterinary practices part time for over 6 years.
Chirag earned his BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK. He also holds an Advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behaviour and training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. Chirag is also currently continuing his education by studying further in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In 2005, Chirag completed an internship in dog behaviour and training with a focus on aggressive behaviour under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the San Francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. He is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee.
Here you can listen to the podcast with Chirag Patel by ccc2019 partnerAnimal Training Academy!