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Our People

We are an organization of animal behavior professionals and enthusiasts from across the globe who work together to raise the standards of animal welfare and training standards. We love animals, but our greatest strength is our people: our staff; our volunteers; our board; our chapter liaisons; our experts across a wide variety of specialties and species; our members, whether experienced and credentialed or new to animal behavior studies. All of us have made a strong commitment to providing our clients with the most ethical approach and evidence-supported expertise. We are continually learning, growing, reassessing, questioning, and connecting with one another in our pursuit of honing our knowledge and practical skills. Thank you to all our members for sharing your strengths - together we are the IAABC, and with your help we can change the world.

IAABC Board of Directors

This is an elected position. Each board of director position is elected for a two year term by the IAABC membership. Elections are held yearly every June. For more information on our election process and Board service requirements click here.


Our Team

Our staff members are dedicated professionals with expertise and commitment to the IAABC mission. They play a crucial role in the daily operations and long-term goals of the organization

Nikki Nordick Director of Communications

Board Committees

These committees provide governance and oversight, chaired by an active board member and staffed by key program managers and volunteers. For more information or to join, email

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Committee: Promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility within IAABC, seeking advocates to guide us.

  • Finance Committee: Supports the Board of Directors in fiscal management, monitoring financial performance, and ensuring accurate financial reporting.

  • Fundraising Committee: Provides networking opportunities and stakeholder engagement to grow the Sponsor program and identify fundraising avenues for financial stability.

  • Leadership Committee: Recruits and develops future IAABC leaders, assisting with Board nominations and elections.

  • Legislation Committee: Researches, gathers data, and offers guidance on regulations and legislation beneficial to animals and industry professionals.

  • Pet Insurance Companies Committee: Solicits pet insurance providers to cover behavior care via certified consultants, aiming to make services more available and create opportunities for veterinarians.

  • Policies and Procedures Committee: Ensures compliance by reviewing documentation and policy books to keep them up to date and aligned with our goals.

  • Standards of Practice Committee: Clarifies and articulates IAABC standards to advance the industry, making them more visible to companion animal owners and professionals.

  • Strategic Planning Committee: Develops IAABC's mission, core values, and operational procedures to achieve goals