Become a member of the APBC

WE PROVIDE MEMBERSHIP OF CLINICAL ANIMAL BEHAVIOURISTS AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR TECHNICIANS

We are able to support and assess Clinical Animal Behaviourists and Animal Behaviour Technicians, both of which are able to register with the ABTC.

We give our members a voice, and enable behavourists to connect, share and solve problems together. Our membership allows access to focused support groups where members share their knowledge and discuss any issues facing behaviourists, whatever their level. Our members meet like-minded others, facing the same issues, and gain insight and support from each other.

Click here for a description of the CAB, ABT and Expert Witness standards that we support.

CAB AND CCAB – ARE THEY SAME STANDARD?

YES, they are the same standard.

CCAB (Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist) is the post-nominal initials used by candidates who have completed the ASAB assessment route.

CAB (Clinical Animal Behaviourist) is the post-nominal initials used by candidates who have completed the APBC assessment route.

Both confirm that you meet the standard set by the regulatory body – the ABTC – for knowledge, understanding and performance skills for the role of being a Clinical Animal Behaviourist.

ABT LEVEL CLARIFICATION:

This ABTC Standard relates to the design and implementation of programmes to provide preventative and first-aid behavioural advice. This Standard also includes the implementation of behaviour modification and/or environmental modification plans, developed by a Clinical Animal Behaviourist or Veterinary Behaviourist following assessment/evaluation of an animal by that same CAB or VB.

The ABT Standard is suitable for those working in the animal care sector, with responsibility for managing humane approaches to the behaviour of animals:

  • Veterinary nurses (working with any species)
  • Practitioners working in a rescue setting (working with any species)
  • Practitioners working in private practice (working with any species)

All of whom may do the following:

  • Design and/or implement procedures to safeguard against the development of problem behaviours.
  • Provide preventative advice to owners/handlers, and co-professionals.
  • Provide behavioural first-aid advice to owners/handlers prior to referral to a suitably qualified practitioner.
  • Implement a behaviour modification plan developed by a CAB or VB, following an assessment/evaluation by that same CAB or VB (who may be onsite or external). This could be alongside the CAB/VB or independently – as agreed by both parties.

In accordance with the ABTC Code of Professional Conduct, all individual practitioners are required to work within their professional competence. All cases that are (or develop) beyond the scope of this ABTC Standard should be referred on responsibly (see Code of Conduct section 1.2).

Student and Provisional Membership Levels

The APBC has two levels on the way to Full Membership at either CAB or ABT status- Student and Provisional.

Full Members are promoted on our directory and can use the APBC logos. We support Provisional members seeing cases relevant to their ABT or CAB role, but they are not permitted to use the APBC logo.

Student Membership:

Student signifies that you are currently completing your Qualifications.

In advertising and marketing (including websites and social media channels), student members can state the nature of their affiliation with the APBC verbally or within the body of any text but must also use the following description alongside any mention of the APBC: “I am a student member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), and I am (or “name is”) studying at (name of organisation through which you are studying) (name of course if required)”.  

As a Student member you can progress to Provisional Membership status by completing your qualifications or applying via APEL:

CAB Qualifications
Complete a record of your Knowledge and Understanding at L6 via APEL – demonstrating how the CPD, courses, studies and experiences you have completed have allowed you to achieve the Knowledge and Understanding set out in the ABTC standards. Please see APEL Guidance, CAB Mapping Sheet and Reflective Account Sheet
OR
Provide evidence of successful completion of an ABTC recognised L6 course.

ABT Qualifications
Complete a record of your Knowledge and Understanding at L5 via APEL – demonstrating how the CPD, courses, studies and experiences you have completed have allowed you to achieve the Knowledge and Understanding set out in the ABTC standards. Please see APEL Guidance, ABT Mapping Sheet and Reflective Account Sheet
OR
Provide evidence of successful completion of an ABTC recognised L5 course.

Provisional Membership:

Provisional membership signifies that you have completed your qualifications or have met the Knowledge and Understanding of either the ABT or CAB role through the APEL process and are currently building your practical experience.

Provisional members are supported by the APBC in seeing cases relevant to their ABT or CAB role, but are not permitted to use the APBC logos and are not listed on the APBC website. They must also use the following sentence in marketing and advertising (including websites and social media channels) where membership of the APBC is mentioned:

For Provisional CAB Members:
“Provisional Members have demonstrated that they have the appropriate level of Knowledge and Understanding for the professional role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB). They are now gaining the practical experience necessary to be assessed as a CAB and therefore become a Full Member of the APBC. The APBC supports its Provisional Members undertaking behaviour consultations.”

For Provisional ABT Members:
“Provisional Members have demonstrated that they have the appropriate level of Knowledge and Understanding for the professional role of Animal Behaviour Technician (ABT). They are now gaining the practical experience necessary to be assessed as an ABT and therefore become a Full Member of the APBC. The APBC supports its Provisional ABT Members in providing preventative and first-aid behavioural advice to owners/handlers and/or co-professionals and in implementing behaviour modification and/or environmental modification plans, developed by a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) or Veterinary Behaviourist (VB) following assessment/evaluation of the animal by that same CAB or VB.”

Provisional ABT Members must not imply through their website or other media that they independently undertake behaviour cases (i.e. that they are acting as a CAB) under the auspices of either the APBC or ABTC.

As a Provisional Member, once you feel you have the necessary experience to apply for Full Membership, contact the office (info@apbc.org.uk) to find out the next window available for application. You can view the full process here: https://www.apbc.org.uk/route-to-full-membership

If you are unsure which membership to apply for please see further details in the table at the bottom of this page or please email us at info@apbc.org.uk

CLICK ON THE RELEVANT MEMBERSHIP AND BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION TODAY!

Full and Provisional members are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours a year of Continued Professional Development (CPD). Click here for more details. The APBC provides a wealth of webinars and conferences to provide you with excellent opportunities for CPD at a significantly discounted rate.

Benefits For All

The APBC provides the following benefits to all members:

  • Massive Discounts on APBC conferences and webinars.
  • Members only webinars and events, including free access to many.
  • Regular members-only support groups and case discussion groups.
  • Opportunities for members to be featured in veterinary and other media publications and platforms.
  • Being part of the longest-standing behaviour organisation with strong links to the veterinary profession, universities, legal experts and other companies and organisations.
  • A collective insurance scheme providing comprehensive professional indemnity and public
    liability insurance at a subsidised rate for Full and Provisional Members.
  • An active Facebook group for discussion, business development, and moral support.
  • Regular members’ newsletters.
  • Access to a Wellbeing Service with 24/7 access to an external helpline and website providing free counselling sessions, financial advice, legal information and much more…
  • Access to a free wellbeing and support app.
  • Support for Provisional members working towards Full membership with Assessment Advisors.
  • Exclusive promotion of members via our social media platforms.
  • FREE access to Anthrozoos, Journal of Veterinary Behaviour and Applied Animal Behaviour Science.

Additional benefits when you achieve Full Membership:

Promotion of Services – Full members are listed on the APBC website.

Pet Insurance Claims – Our collective expertise has generated confidence in the ability of Full APBC members and many leading pet insurers in the UK allow their policy holders to claim for consultations provided by Full members.

Established Professional Credibility – As a result of consistently maintaining our high standards, the collective reputation of APBC members is second to none. Consequently, other professionals – particularly those in the veterinary and legal specialities – are more likely to call upon APBC members when they need the services of an animal behaviour counsellor. This generates further employment in the field and in associated areas such as lecturing, writing and court case involvement.

Use of the APBC Logo – Full members are eligible to utilise the APBC logo and state affiliation with the APBC on letterheads, footnotes and other promotional materials.

How do I Achieve Full Membership?

The APBC has two Full Membership categories: ABT (Animal Behaviour Technician) and CAB (Clinical Animal Behaviourist). The APBC route to Full Membership for either of these is through our Provisional Membership and internal assessment process, which has been fully approved by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.

An alternative route to being accepted for full membership as a CAB is to be assessed by the ASAB CCAB scheme. Information on this route can be found here www.asab.org.ccab Both the ASAB and APBC assessment routes confirm that you meet the standard of the regulatory body – the ABTC – for knowledge, understanding and performance skills for the relevant role. For more information about the ABTC please click below


MEMBERSHIP LEVELSREQUIREMENTS
FULL MEMBER
Annual Fee £160
Full members have achieved CAB or ABT, having been assessed in their Knowledge, Understanding and Performance Skills.
Provisional Member
Annual fee £95
Provisional membership is available for those who have achieved relevant academic accreditation at Level 5 (ABT level) or 6 (CAB level), or demonstrated their Knowledge & Understanding via the APEL route, but have not yet achieved the requisite experience to become Full Members. Provisional members are able to use the APBC’s subsidised public liability & professional indemnity insurance scheme.
Student Member
Annual fee £50
Student membership is available for those who are in the process of achieving a specific qualification starting at FHEQ level 4 or above. The APBC does not support student members seeing behaviour cases, as they have not completed academic training to the required standard and therefore do not have sufficient knowledge to ensure efficacy, animal welfare standards and due care of the owners seeking help.
Academic Member
Annual fee £70
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. 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, its code of conduct for practitioners nor its complaints procedure. This must be made clear to clients and in any advertising of behavioural services. Further, Academic members cannot take part in the APBC practitioner insurance scheme. You will need to provide proof of academic position and/or a copy of a recent research paper (published in the last 5 years) and proof of your higher level qualifications.