Nicole Veile, Trainer

“My curiosity towards reward-based training began with my first zoo internship. Astonished at how keepers could encourage their animals to perform behaviors without coming in physical contact really attracted me to positive reinforcement…”

Nicole Veile has always had a passion for canine behavior, so she obtained a degree in Biology. Since then she has read books, worked at animal shelters, volunteered for rescue organizations, fostered dogs and completed internships at zoos, all to help her grasp a hands-on experience.

She is now a passionate advocate for clicker training and seeks ongoing educational opportunities and experience through positive reinforcement methods. Nicole guides dog and puppy owners to success both in group classes and via in-home private training.

Nicole is currently working on her certification as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner!

Animal Education

  • Karen Pryor Academy – Currently seeking certification
  • Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield, MO – Internship
  • St. Louis Zoo – Externship

Volunteer Work

  • Route 66 Rescue, Springfield, MO
  • Saint Louis County Animal Care and Control
  • Needy Paws Foster
  • C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dogs – Certified Therapy Dog Team

Formal Education

  • B.S. Biology, Missouri State University


  • PetTech Pet CPR, First Aid & Care – October 2019

Continuing Education

  • Positive Gun Dog Training, FetchMasters, St. Louis, MO – June 2016
  • Cooperation On and Off Leash, Grisha Stewart, St. Louis, MO – October 2018