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Become a Member of The APBC

We give our members a voice, and enable behavourists to connect, share and solve problems together. Our membership allows access to focused networking events 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.

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

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Full and Provisional members are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours a year of Continued professional development , click here for more details . The APBC provides a wealth of webinars and conferences throughout the year to provide you with excellent opportunities for CPD.

Benefits For All

The APBC provides to all of it’s members, the following benefits:

  • Massive Discounts on annual animal behaviour conferences and monthly webinars.
  • Behaviour related blogs, articles and free advisory handouts downloadable from the website.
  • Lobbying for humane methods of pet training and behaviour modification.
  • Research assistance to universities.
  • Members only events, workshops and education days.
  • A collective insurance scheme providing comprehensive professional indemnity and public liability insurance at a reduced rate for Full Members and Provisional Members.
  • An active Facebook group for discussion, business development, and moral support.
  • Regular members’ newsletter.

Additional Benefits When You Achieve Full Membership:

Promotion of Services – Full members’ clinics and related services are promoted via the website.

Pet Insurance Claims – Our collective expertise has generated confidence in our ability and this has brought further benefits. For example, some leading pet insurers in the UK now allow their policy holders to claim for consultations provided by full members of the APBC.

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 a pet behaviour counsellor. This generates further employment in the field of counselling 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 material.

How to 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. This has been fully approved by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.

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An alternative route to being accepted for full membership as a CAB is to have been assessed by the ASAB Acc scheme. Information on this route can be found on their website at Both 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


Annual Fee £160
Full members are practising behaviour counsellors who have achieved CAB or ABT level, which requires at least a higher degree level education in companion animal behaviour and related subjects, obtained relevant practical experience through mentorship, and who have been in practice for a minimum of one year.
Provisional Member
Annual fee £95
Provisional membership is available for those who have achieved relevant academic accreditation FHEC Level 5 (ABT LEVEL) or 6(CAB LEVEL)); Provisional members are also able to conduct behaviour consultations but have not yet achieved the requisite experience to become Full Members.
The APBC invites applications from individuals with a LEVEL 5 (Foundation degree) or degree (level 6) or above that have specialised in companion animal behaviour. Individuals with a degree in psychology, biology, vet nursing, vet science, animal management, non-companion animal behaviour, zoology, equine science will need to demonstrate that their course included sufficient companion animal behaviour units or that they have obtained additional units in companion animal behaviour at degree level (level 6) or above.
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 (to include companion animal behaviour. Students must note that to progress to provisional and full membership will require accreditation at FHEQ Level 6 or above (Hons Degree or equivalent). Those studying courses that qualify them below this level will need to top up that qualification. 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
Academic Membership is open for those not in practice, but who are involved in research in Companion Animal Behaviour. Entry level is a minimum of MSc. Individuals are required to submit a research paper they have published in a relevant animal behaviour peer-reviewed journal or provide confirmation of their position in a research department with their application.