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Lessons offered by Kristopher
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Taught subjects
  • Animal communication
  • Dog education
  • Cat education
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  • All Levels

Animal Science master's graduate with years of experience in animal behavior offering tutoring services in animal communication, animal behavior, or animal training.

Methodology

I believe that teaching should go beyond the classroom so that students are not memorizing facts for an exam and forgetting that information the next semester. To achieve this goal, I strive to utilize real-world examples and encourage students to critically think about the information that they are receiving. I utilize the scientific method often within my classroom and mentorship roles. I believe that students should be able to identify conflicting statements and conceptualize their own opinions based off of scientific literature. When reviewing literature, I ask my students to engage in discussions and ask questions about the scientific content.

Within the classroom, I use a mixture of lectures, in-class exercises, and one-on-one coaching to help students accomplish the learning objectives of the course. I design my lectures to break down complex concepts by providing examples relevant to the students. Within lectures, I stop frequently to ask questions that require the students to reflect upon the material and allow them to discuss with one another about difficult topics. I strive to be patient with all of the students, and to be non-judgmental when providing feedback on assignments or when answering questions and concerns. Additionally, I strive to be available as much as possible outside of class through email and in-person meetings so that students can feel like they can approach me anytime with questions.

Overall, my classroom will include lectures that engages and challenges students, as well as be inclusive to all individuals. The pursuit of higher education should allow a student to grow as an individual and reach goals that they never thought were possible. I believe that higher education should foster a student’s creativity, individualism, sense of purpose, and encourage them to pursue a career path that excites them.

Background

I have received my bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Penn State in 2017, and my master's degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University in May 2019. I have been a tutor and mentor for over 6 years, and my most proud moment was when I was able to prepare one of my students to present their preliminary research at an international conference!

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $25/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $20
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $225
Lessons offered by Kristopher
Individual
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Animal communication
  • Dog education
  • Cat education
Levels
  • All Levels

Kristopher's resume

Education:

2019
Clemson University
M.S., Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Thesis: Qualitative and quantitative computed tomographic characteristics of the lumbosacral spine in German Shepherd military working dogs with versus without lumbosacral pain
Major Advisor: Dr. Jeryl Jones
GPA: 4.0/4.0

2017
The Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Animal Science; Minor in Equine Science
GPA: 3.48/4.0

2013
Chester County Technical College High School
Animal Science and Technology Vocational Certificate
GPA: 4.0/4.0

Research Experience

2017-2019
Master’s Thesis Research, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Laboratory: Jones Diagnostic Imaging Research Lab
Major Advisor: Dr. Jeryl Jones
• Laboratory focus on diagnostic imaging, lower back disease in working dogs, and
canine heath and behavior.
o Lab website: (concealed information)
• Experience with extensive literature reviews, project development, experimental
design, data collection, measuring morphological indicators of pain on computed
tomographic images, organizing medical records for review, and analyzing data
using JMP.

2013-2017
Undergraduate Research Projects, Department of Animal Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Laboratory: Penn State Equine Research Team (PSERT)
Major Advisor: Dr. Burt Staniar
• Laboratory focus on equine gastrointestinal health, nutrition, growth, and
behavior.
o Lab website: (concealed information)
• Experience in literature review, project development, experimental design, and
data collection in individual and group projects.

Specific projects are outlined below:
2013-2017
Individual Project: Gender trends in animal science
• Project compared the unique male and female graduation ratios in animal
science related majors to the ratios observed in agricultural-related majors
within Penn State and STEM-related majors nationwide since the 1960’s.
• Experience in literature review, collecting graduation records from written and
computer databases, creating professional figures with GraphPad Prism, data
analysis with STATA, and presenting results at an undergraduate research
exhibition.
2015-2016 Individual Project: Pain and behavior evaluations
• Project focusing on evaluating the health and well-being of horses within a
nutritional study conducted by PSERT and Dr. Staniar’s graduate students.
• Evaluated horses with a pain score based on physical appearance, locomotion and
demeanor.
• Conducted health checks that included heart and respiratory rate, presence of new
injuries, rectal temperature, capillarity refill time, and membrane coloration.
2015-2016 Group Project: Nutrition
• Project focusing on the health effects feeding various forage and concentrate
ratios on the gastrointestinal health of horses.
• Experience working with a team to maintain a clean barn and horse stalls,
collecting urine samples, and measuring the forage and concentrate diets.
2014-2015 Group Project: Mare and foal behavior
• Project focusing on the behavior between the mare and foal during the first three
hours after parturition.
• Experience working with a team to record behaviors using an ethogram and
measuring morphological characteristics of the foal and placenta.
2013-2014 Group Project: Foal growth
• Project focusing on documenting the growth curve of Quarter Horse foals.
• Experience working with a team to handle and restrain foals, measuring
morphological features of foals, and recording and organizing data.

Work Experience

2018-2019
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Laboratory: Jones Diagnostic Imaging Research Lab
• Laboratory focus on diagnostic imaging, lower back disease in working dogs, and
canine heath and behavior.
• Experience with project development, experimental design, data collection, and
data analysis using JMP.
• Responsible for creating detailed laboratory instruction manuals for current
laboratory techniques.
• Mentoring a total of three undergraduate students throughout their research
projects while providing guidance and feedback regarding study design, data
collection, data analysis, and presentation of results

2018
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Course: AVS 4150: Contemporary Issues
• Undergraduate course focusing on creating awareness of the current challenges
occurring within animal agriculture and requiring students to evaluate current
issues through writing assignments.
• Responsible for grading papers, providing constructive feedback, and tutoring
students outside of class.

2017-2018
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Course: AVS 4060: Seminars and Related Topics
• Undergraduate course focusing on intensive scientific writing, critically reviewing
peer-reviewed journal articles, and reaching a scientifically supported conclusion.
• Experience with presenting lectures, tutoring students, intermediating group
conflicts, grading papers, and providing constructive feedback to students.

2012-2013
Animal Care Assistant, Chester County Technical College High School
West Grove, Pennsylvania
• Experience with performing husbandry tasks according to standard operating
procedures, handling and restraining animals, administering medications, and
reporting medical concerns.
• Species experience includes dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets,
mice, rats, hamsters and gerbils.

Publications and Scientific Presentations

In Press K.B. Murray and W.B. Staniar. (In Press). Historical comparison of gender trends
within undergraduates completing an animal science or non-animal science related
degree. NACTA Journal. (In Press).

2018
Title: Lumbosacral Pain in German Shepherd Military Working Dogs and What Is
Causing It
The Penn Vet Working Dog Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Presentation focused on the potential associated between lumbosacral stenosis,
other spinal lesions, and lumbosacral pain within German Shepherd military
working dogs.

2016
Title: Gender Trends in Agriculture
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
College of Agricultural Science and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society 21st Annual
Research Exhibition: Undergraduate: Human-related sciences
• Presentation focused on the unique shift in the male to female graduation ratios
observed within the animal science related majors at The Pennsylvania State
University since 1960 when compared to other agricultural-related majors.

Mentorship Experience

2018-2019
Graduate Mentor, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson
University, Clemson, South Carolina
Laboratory: Jones Diagnostic Imaging Research Lab
Major Advisor: Dr. Jeryl Jones
• Responsible for mentoring two pre-veterinary undergraduate students who are
working together on a project evaluating the helpfulness of medical record
information in determining the presence and severity of pain in military
working dogs.
• Providing guidance on how to conduct literature reviews, analyze readings,
project development, experimental design, data collection, and data analysis.

2017-2018
Graduate Mentor, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Clemson
University, Clemson, South Carolina
Laboratory: Jones Diagnostic Imaging Research Lab
Major Advisor: Dr. Jeryl Jones
• Mentored one pre-veterinary undergraduate student with her research project
focusing on the behavioral indicators of lumbosacral pain in German Shepherd
military working dogs.
• Provided guidance on how to organize, interpret, and analyze data. Prepared
student for professional presentation and provided feedback on PowerPoint.
• Mentee presented a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation with me at the Penn Vet
Working Dog Conference in 2018 and is currently attending veterinary school.

Volunteer Experience

2017-2018
Laboratory Website Upkeep, Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences,
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
• Contributed to the general upkeep and maintenance of the Jones’ laboratory
website. Includes updating pictures, biographies, and member activities.
o Lab website: (concealed information)
• Maintaining this website helped explain the lab’s research within a grant proposal
and was a major influencer in its inclusion in a SC TRIMH COBRE NIH grant.

2014-2017
Puppy Sitter, Susquehanna Service Dogs, University Park, Pennsylvania
• Responsible for caring for service dogs in training while raiser was unavailable,
which ranged from a few hours to weeks at a time.
• Practiced cues the dog was learning with positive reinforcement, introduced
puppies to new environments, people, and dogs.
• Practiced public mannerisms and used “shaping” to teach dogs new cues.

2015
Penn Vet Working Dog Center Externship, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Week long externship focusing on the methods used to train dogs in agility,
search and rescue, proprioception, cancer detection, crate training, loose leash
walking, and other behavioral concerns.
• Gained hands on experience in recording the training sessions of the dogs,
socializing and crate training puppies, and walking the dogs in training.

2013-2017
Penn State Equine Research Team (PSERT), The Pennsylvania State University,
University, University Park, Pennsylvania
• Webmaster: 2016-2017
o Updated website with pictures, news, events, and research
projects.
• President: 2015-2016
o Maintained club activities and oversaw club meetings, fundraisers
and events.
• General Member: 2013-2014
o Participated in group research projects, volunteered with 4-H groups, and
helped educate the public about the team’s research and equine health.
2013- 2017 Small and Exotic Animal Club (SEAC) Member, The Pennsylvania State
University, University Park, Pennsylvania
• Fundraiser:2016-2017
o Raised money for club through events and sales.
• Vice President: 2015-2016
o Organized and recruited speakers for meetings.
• General Member: 2013-2014
o Volunteered with animal shelters, recruitment events, and bringing
animals to visit elderly homes.

Grants/Awards

2018
Intramural Travel Grant
Amount: $1,025
• Received travel grant from Clemson University’s Creative Inquiry for myself and
my undergraduate student to attend the Penn Vet Working Dog Conference,
where we presented a 10-minute talk on our preliminary results.

2016
Second Place in Undergraduate Research Exhibition
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park,
Pennsylvania College of Agricultural Science and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society
21st Annual Research Exhibition: Undergraduate: Human-related sciences
• Title: Gender Trends in Agriculture

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