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Ethics in Animal Behavior Consulting

The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants holds that ethics in animal behavior consulting is multi-faceted, involving considerations across multiple ethical areas, including (but not limited to) animal ethics, business and professional ethics, education, and applicable laws. As an international organization, IAABC recognizes that values and practices surrounding animals and animal behavior consulting are diverse and varied. IAABC supports its members in creating and promoting industry-leading ethical principles and guidance for best practices for animal behavior consulting.

Ethics is devoted to the rational justification of beliefs regarding right and wrong, and  describing and directing how humans ought to act in accordance with reasoned standards of rightness and wrongness. Ethics is not merely what actions are accepted by a particular society or its laws. Ethics expands beyond social norms to find commonalities in values, intentions, and the effects of actions. These commonalities inform our principled approach to ethics in behavior consulting.

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Member Testimonials

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  • Here I get support, information and training on current, evidence-based knowledge. A great community of international consultants offers great exchange on each relevant topic to support each other helping animals, their owners or even organizations that take care of animals of different species.

    By Sylvia Czarnecki, Certified Horse Behavior Consultant

  • I am proud and honored to be certified by, a member of, and educator for the IAABC. I consider the organization to be the industry standard for well-rounded, quality, ethical animal behavior information that is disseminated in a supportive, effective, collaborative environment. The IAABC works very hard to produce not only quantity of educational resources, but also quality.

    By Katenna Jones, Certified Dog & Cat Behavior Consultant

  • As a member, I get to network with experts in my field all over the world. This allows me to expand my knowledge in cat behavior as well as shelter behavior. As the feline behavior manager in an open intake shelter, this opportunity to learn from the best has allowed me to ensure the mental health and behavior needs are met for the cats in our care. The IAABC is the "go to" place for people all over the world to find experts in animal behavior. As a certified member my profile is available for the public to view. Since I earned my certification, I've seen my private business almost triple.

    By Lisa Stemcosky, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant

  • IAABC has been an invaluable learning tool for both myself and staff. As a shelter professional, the webinars provide relevant and up to date information to be used in multiple formats. The online convenience allows for continuing education, minus the travel.The mentorship programs are nothing short of amazing, including the pricing . This organization is always looking forward and growing.

    By Amy Schindler, Shelter Behavior Affiliate

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