Meet the Pack - Program Managers
ABC Program Manager
Azure is a native of California and has had a genuine passion for all animals as long as she can remember. She began her formal education in this industry during high school where she enrolled in animal care classes. Her favorite part of the classes were the field trips to the Placerita Nature Center where she learned first-hand about the habits and care of different species of birds, reptiles and insects.
She has taken numerous zoology courses at the College of the Canyons which focused on the anatomy and biology of various mammals. In addition, she recently completed an Exotic Animal Training workshop which introduced the fundamentals of training behaviors to exotic animals like lions, elephants and bears.
Azure has worked at PetSmart as an Aquatics Specialist and has also worked the front office of an Animal Hospital. She enrolled in the ABC Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program in 2005 and graduated in early 2006. Shortly after becoming an ABC Certified Dog Trainer, Ms. Long officially joined the Animal Behavior College corporate team as an Externship Coordinator. Azure’s outstanding work ethic and dedication earned her a promotion to ABC Program Manager in July of 2006. She is a proven member of our team and we are lucky to have her.
Hrachia "Mr. H" Stepanyan
ABC Program Manager
Hrachia is a native of Hollywood, California and has had a genuine passion for animals since he was very young. He remembers waiting anxiously for his new copy of zoo books and then spending hours reading them to satisfy his thirst for knowledge for a variety of animals.
Hrachia is very fortunate to have parents who support his passion for animals. His first pets were Parakeets, Hamsters, Turtle, Chickens, Cats and Chinchilla’s. He also has fond memories of his childhood German Shepherd Dog named Dingo.
Hrachia graduated the Art Institute of California where he acquired his Bachelor Degree in Game Art & Design in March of 2007. However, he never lost his desire to educate himself about animals which led him directly to the animal career training programs offered at Animal Behavior College. A natural over-achiever, Hrachia decided to enroll in both the ABC Dog Obedience Instructor Training Program and the ABC Veterinary Assistant Program in early 2009. Mr. Stepanyan’s excellent grade point average and dedication to education prompted ABC to offer him a permanent position at our corporate office shortly thereafter. Hrachia officially joined the Animal Behavior College team as an Externship Coordinator in April 2010, and his expertise quickly earned him a promotion to Program Manager in November of the same year.
Hrachia says he is very happy to be part of the team that cares a great deal for dogs and people that love them. Hrachia enjoys utilizing the knowledge he has obtained through both programs and believes that nothing in life is impossible.