Are You and Your Pets Disaster Ready?

Dr. Courtney Campbell on Pet Life Radio

Pets can add a lot to life, but also some special considerations when dealing with disaster.  We talk with a Debbie Martin, behavior specialist and survivor of Hurricane Katrina with her pets about Do's and Don'ts for evacuation prep and how to maintain a semblance of normal life for yourself and your pets. Debbie learned a lot about how to plan and evacuate safely with a truckload of animals and she can help you too!


Debbie Martin CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Faculty Emeritus, Licensed Veterinary Technician, and Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior. 

Debbie received a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a fulltime registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996 and worked in private practice for over 14 years.  Since 2005 Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB during in-home behavior consultations.

Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.

She is a contributing author and co-editor of the textbook, Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Wiley-Blackwell. In 2009, Debbie and Dr. Martin wrote a book on normal development and training in dogs; Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog.  In August of 2012 through Karen Pryor Academy, Debbie and Ken Martin launched the Puppy Start Right Instructors Course.  The course provides not only the thorough knowledge necessary to provide puppy socialization classes, but also a complete curriculum with supplemental materials. 

Her combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine and the Fear Free? initiative. Debbie is honored to be representing veterinary technicians on the Fear Free executive council.