Academic Member Application

To apply scroll down to Step 4 to fill in the form, but please read previous steps first.

Step One – Check Eligibility

The Academic Member category is a non-practising category within the APBC.  We recognise these members for their contribution to the field of animal behaviour either through research or their position within a teaching institution or other relevant organisation. We appreciate that some Academic members may still see a small number of behaviour cases/clients on occasion but this is on the understanding that such cases would not fall under the jurisdiction of the APBC nor its complaints procedure. This must be made clear to clients and in any advertising of behavioural services. Furthermore, Academic members cannot take part in the APBC practitioner insurance scheme.

Step Two – Read APBC Code of Practice

All Academic members must abide by the APBC Code of Practice.  Please ensure you have read this and agree to this before proceeding with your application.

Step Three – Digital Proof

To apply for Academic membership you will need a digital copy of the following ready to upload with your application form below;

– Proof of academic position and/or copy of a recent research paper (published in the last 5 years)
– Proof of your higher level qualification or equivalent (e.g. ABTC APEL for CAB)

Please note: we follow UK education guidelines, namely that a lecturer/teacher should hold a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the qualification to be attained by their students.  This means that someone teaching at degree level should have an MSc or higher qualification, or if teaching at Further Education level should hold at least a degree, or equivalent.

Step Four – Complete Application Form

i.e. as a Veterinary Surgeon, Registered Veterinary Nurse, Physiotherapist etc.
If you have a professional website please place the URL address here. IF NOT PLEASE PUT N/A
Please provide us with direct URL / Links to any professional social media profiles. IF NONE PLEASE PUT N/A
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 10 files.
Please Upload either/or: Proof of academic position and / or copy of a recent research paper (published in last 5 years). Proof of your higher level qualifications.
View the Code of Conduct here:

Step Five – Application Approval

Please DO NOT send payment until your membership application has been approved. We will invoice you £80 for academic membership.

Once we have received your complete application, it will be reviewed at the next membership committee meeting. This committee meets fortnightly. Please be aware that, depending on when you submit, it may be 2-3 weeks before you are notified as to the success or otherwise of your application. If you are not successful, we will advise what you need to do next to become a successful candidate.

Please send any queries via email to:

Privacy Notice The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is collecting your data in order to fulfil its contractual obligations to you by providing a professional membership service. By providing your personal data you are giving consent to the APBC to: Store your name, email address, phone number(s), address, and personal documentation such as academic certificates and transcripts, and your Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) documents in a secure filing cabinet and office, as well as in electronic form on the APBC computer, Microsoft Cloud and APBC secure website. For the sole purposes of contacting you by email, telephone and by post to deliver information relevant to your APBC membership as per the APBC’s contractual obligation to fulfil your membership of the APBC and to share information about APBC activities. You may terminate your membership or opt out of receiving information about APBC activities at any time. Upon the termination of your membership all your personal details will be deleted/destroyed within 28 days.

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