Rose Ordile is an animal trainer for the film and television industry. She's currently the official trainer for Morris the Cat.
iVillage: What advice would you give someone who wants to follow in your footsteps and train professionally?
Rose Ordile: I would suggest Moorpark College in California. I think that's probably the one that best gears people up for this type of work. But another way of going about training animals for the film industry would be to contact an industry training facility and basically start at the bottom of the totem pole, volunteering time feeding and cleaning. You're pretty much doing hands-on learning right there. Then you work your way up.
There are so many other routes to this, like guide dogs for the blind -- that's a whole other way of training animals for a specific purpose. And don't forget about search and rescue dogs too. There's also pet therapy, where you take your animal to interact with seniors or the disabled. In fact, I even know of a place where they do pet therapy with horses! They use the horses as pet therapy for children. It has wonderful results. Because there are so many different aspects of training animals, I think that one would have to decide exactly what it is he or she wants to do. But again, if it were specifically for the film industry, then I would think a good start would be Moorpark College.