ESP Biography

KIMBERLY SAVINO, Animal Educator

Major: Not available.

College/Employer: Aristopet

Year of Graduation: Not available.


Brief Biographical Sketch:

I have been a lifelong animal lover. While I plan to eventually go into human medicine as a career, I have successfully run a professional animal care business for over ten years, as well as a nonprofit animal rescue, education, and therapy organization here in Massachusetts since 2001. I have a great deal of experience with domestic animals, ranging from hamsters to horses. My areas of expertise include everything from proper animal care, handling, and training, to rescue topics, safety, hygiene, zoonotic disease concerns, the human-animal bond, animal-assisted therapy, animal-related professions, responsible pet ownership, financial considerations of animal ownership, animal medical topics, euthanasia/grief issues, and much more. I currently run educational classes for kids in our south shore location, and will be expanding to a new Boston location early next year.

Past Classes

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H1691: Careers & Activities Involving Animals in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Do what you love, and love what you do! This course will provide a basic overview of the many animal-related areas of work available to students. Each overview will explain the necessary education, certifications, estimated expenses, and other considerations associated with each type of work involved. Questions will be answered, and resource lists will be given to students, to help them get started on the right "paw" in their animal-related careers and activities! A segment on animal-related volunteer work will also be provided.

H1692: Responsible Pet Parenting in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Thousands of animals are needlessly euthanized in shelters each year. Many of these discarded pets could have been saved, if only their caregivers had been better educated regarding responsible pet ownership and care. This class will help to teach the student about the many issues regarding responsible "pet parenting" issues. The topics will include assessing one's readiness for a pet, type and breed selection, an eye-opening look at the real costs of pet care and upkeep, obtaining an animal responsibly, general care and upkeep of common pets, healthcare issues, solutions to managing common problems (training issues, moving, job changes, etc), legal considerations of pet ownership, overview of common activities to do with pets, and issues pertaining to pet death, euthanasia, grieving, and aftercare options. A guide will be given to each student, which will contain summaries of all lessons covered, as well as resource listings. This class is fast-paced, as it contains a number of topics to cover in a short period of time. Break will be provided.