Behavioral Genetics


Behavioral Genetics

Aug. 30, 2023 - Aug. 30, 2026




Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


Full Students


When a new story about genetics hits the press, can you help your client understand the significance? Having a basic understanding of genetics is important to trainers and behavior consultants everywhere. Many changes are happening in the world based on our expanding knowledge of an ability to manipulate genetics. And many of these changes affect our understanding of animals, and our management of them. 

Join Dr. Jessica Hekman as she teaches us to find appropriate resources of information and understand their worth, guiding us to a variety of different voices in the behavioral genetic field so that we can learn from different perspectives. Each week, Dr. Heckman gives a resource list of review readings to form a basis for the week’s studies, a list of required readings, and also a list of optional readings to further your understanding of the topic.

This course will discuss the genetics of complex traits, how to find and measure them, what we know about them so far and also discuss epigenetics and their mechanisms.


This talk has been approved for the following CEUs:

  • IAABC: 3.00 CEUs
  • KPA: 3.0 CEUs


Course Syllabus