About the IAABC
The IAABC was founded in 2004, recognizing that the practice of assisting the public with companion animal behavior problems was a growing field that encompassed many different professionals: veterinarians, animal trainers, animal shelter employees, academics as well as practicing consultants who didn't always fit neatly into one of the aforementioned categories.
The goals of the IAABC were to standardize and support the practice of animal behavior consulting, while providing resources for pet owners needing advice. The organization is growing and currently has over 1,400 members throughout the world.
Who We Are
IAABC members have diverse practices and methodologies, and believe in the study and science of behavior consulting. We understand that animal behavior consultants can assist owners in managing and modifying problem behaviors, and in the process help strengthen the relationships between an owner and pet.
IAABC members work to minimize the use of aversive stimuli and maximize the effective use of reinforcers to modify animal behavior. Members agree to adhere to the LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) and the IAABC Code of Ethics principle upon joining. Within that framework, the IAABC welcomes diversity and openness. Positive regard, and respect for differences are among our core value, always striving toward solid, effective, positive reinforcement-based work.
For Potential Members
The IAABC provides networking and educational opportunities for members through on-line discussion groups, videos and conferences, as well as significant discounts to our world-class educational courses and mentorships. We offer four tiers of membership in six different divisions (dog, cat, parrot, horse, working animal and shelter) to match different interests and skill levels. Members are welcome to join and learn from all division’s lists and Facebook groups.
Member’s have free access to past conference lectures and other presentations, for CEU, from within their user accounts, as well as numerous other benefits such as the series of posters by artist Lili Chin on dog park safety, cat litter box issues and more. An ever-growing IAABC library of documents, handouts, forms and protocols, built by member contributions, is available to all as well, for distribution and other professional use.
Behavior Problems with Your Pet?
Animal behavior consultants respect the client's right to self-determination and embrace a non-judgmental approach. Our Certified members are required to demonstrate competency in six core areas including assessment and intervention strategies, consulting skills, knowledge of animal behavior, and species-specific knowledge. Our Certified Associate members are required to show competence in at least three of the six core areas of competence. To find a Certified or Associate Certified member near you, visit our Member Locator.
IAABC Mission Statement
The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants' mission is to elevate the standard of animal behavior consulting worldwide by promoting continuing education, peer support and development, ethical practices through the use of Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) principles, and the provision of quality resources for animal professionals and the pet-owning public. The IAABC believes that our strength is in our community, and we strive to provide a supportive learning and networking environment for animal behavior professionals so they can better serve their learners and each other.