Dan Irish always knew he wanted to be an animal behaviorist, but there was not an “animal behaviorist” degree available in California when he was a college student. He found a mentor in Dr. Patricia McConnell. She recommended he take courses in

  • biology
  • zoology
  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • psychology
  • biochemistry

He took courses from Santa Monica College, College of San Mateo and UCLA in those fields. Dan then moved on to the practical application of what he had learned.