Jade Fountain

Jade Fountain

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology


I am a PhD candidate undertaking research into training and enrichment to improve animal welfare, with an interest in how animal training might be applied across settings to help animals live a good life. I am investigating how scent work activities benefit companion dogs. My previous academic research looked at aggressive behaviour in native noisy miner birds and disruption of neurobiological reward pathways during learning in laying hens.
I am interested in research in animal training, behaviour, applied behaviour analysis, behaviour sciences, human-animal interactions, animal assistance sectors, working dog research, conservation biology, zoology and welfare.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2016 Puppy Educator Supervisor Assistance Dogs Australia
    2013 - 2015 Manager Behaviour and Animal Services RSPCA South Australia
    2010 - ongoing Behaviour & Training Consultant, Founder Animal Behaviour Matters
    2010 - 2013 Wildlife Officer Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment
    2008 - 2020 Conservation Wildlife Officer ACT Parks and Wildlife
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2021 Award Griffith Award for Academic Excellence Griffith University Australia -
    2020 Recognition School of Allied Health Sciences Award for Academic Excellence Griffith University Australia -
    2020 Award Griffith Award for Academic Excellence Griffith University Australia -
    2019 Scholarship Humane Society International Travel Award Humane Society International Australia $2000
    2016 Award New England Award University of New England Australia -
    2011 Scholarship Science, Engineering & Technology Konica Minolta Scholarship University of Tasmania Australia $3000
    2009 Scholarship Lois and Alan Dann Scholarship in Science University of Tasmania Australia $9000
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2020 - 2022 Griffith University Australia Master of Applied Behaviour Analysis
    2016 - 2019 University of New England Australia Masters Scientific Studies
    2009 - 2011 University of Tasmania Australia Bachelor of Science
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2021 - 2021 Internship Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia Austalia
    2017 - 2017 Internship Endip Wildlife Laboratory South Africa
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2020 Certificate IV Small Business Management TAFE NSW Australia
    Certificate IV Companion Animal Services TAFE NSW Australia
    Certificate III Captive Animals Box Hill Institute Australia
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Bye, S. E. G., Hazel, S., Fountain, J., & Fernandez, E. J. (2024). Examining shaping of two odor detection dogs. Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 72, 28-32.
    DOI
    2023 Handley, K., Hazel, S., Fountain, J., & Fernandez, E. J. (2023). Comparing trial-and-error to errorless learning procedures in training pet dogs a visual discrimination. Learning and Motivation, 84, 12 pages.
    DOI Scopus1
    2022 Fountain, J., & McDonald, P. G. (2022). Do differences in the availability of anthropogenic food resources influence the observed levels of agonistic behaviour in Noisy Miners (Manorina melanocephala)?. Emu, 122(1), 61-70.
    DOI
    2020 Fountain, J., Hazel, S. J., Ryan, T., & Taylor, P. S. (2020). Operant learning is disrupted when opioid reward pathways are blocked in the domesticated hen. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 232, 6 pages.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1
  • Developed, coordinated, and lectured Applied Behaviour Analysis with Animals courses 4210AN_BEHAV3000RW & 4110AN_BEHAV3000RW in 2021 & 2022 at University of Adelaide.
  • Tutored and demonstrated in Animals in Society at University of New England 2018 & 2022. (Animal training workshops - chicken training).
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2022 - ongoing Co-Chair Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia Conference - Applied Animal Behaviour Stream Association for Behaviour Analysis Australia Australia

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