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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 encompassing many different professionals: veterinary behaviorists, veterinarians, behavior consultants, animal trainers, animal shelter employees and volunteers, academics, as well as practicing professionals who don't always fit neatly into one of the aforementioned categories.

The goals of the IAABC are to standardize and support the practice of animal behavior consulting, to provide quality, evidence-based education and peer and supervising mentoring, and to provide resources for pet owners needing advice. IAABC certifications are the most rigorous in the field, and assess people working in multiple species, with private clients and in shelters, and we offer certification in both Spanish and English. The organization is growing and currently has over 1,900 members throughout the world, including Taiwan, UK, and EspaƱol divisions, with further country divisions launching in the coming year.

Who We Are

IAABC members 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 divisions' lists and Facebook groups.

Members have free access to many past conference lectures and other presentations, for CEUs, 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.

Certified and Associate Certified members are listed in our Member Locator at no additional fee. To learn more about becoming a member, please visit our Join page.

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 (IAABC) elevates animal behavior consulting and training worldwide through ethical standards and the effective use of Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) practices.