Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of terrestrial animals, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs.
Laura serves as a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.'s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She offers private training at West Loop Veterinary Care, located in downtown Chicago.. Laura has presented at many professional conferences and taught seminars across the United States, Italy, Sweden, Japan, and the Caribbean. She has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN and NBC 5 news and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. This is her seventh year speaking at ClickerExpo.