Become a Member of The APBC


We are able to support and assess Clinical Animal Behaviourists and Animal Behaviour Technicians. Both of which are also able to be Expert witnesses and register with the ABTC.

Full and Provisional members work on vet referral whether ABT or CAB.

Please see here for a decritpion of the CAB, ABT and Expert Witness Standards that we support.

Clarification on “CAB and CCAB” and what is an ABT:


YES, they are the same standard.

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

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

Only two assessment routes currently exist (Updated June 2021) to demonstrate that you have achieved the standard of a Clinical Animal Behaviourist set by the ABTC – ASAB and APBC. Both assessment routes confirm that you meet the same standard of the regulatory body, the ABTC for knowledge, understanding and performance skills for the relevant role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB).

ABT LEVEL Clarification:

Reference to the current ABT standards states in its overview:

This standard relates to the design of programmes to provide prophylactic and first-aid behavioural advice to owners/handlers. It includes the skills and competences required to effectively communicate this advice to owners/handlers to improve animal welfare. The standard also includes the implementation of behaviour modification and/or environmental modification plans, following an assessment/evaluation by a CAB or VB, as appropriate.

This standard involves understanding how to prevent, or address, inappropriate or problematic behaviours within individual animals, through the development of suitable environments and training regimes that are likely to be effective, based on best practice and scientific evidence. These may be for training, rehabilitation or prevention purposes, when caring for the animal or when assisting and advising another person, or organisation, on undesirable behaviour in their animal/s.

There is no specific mention of aggression in the standards – but of competence to deal with any particular case.

Some aggression cases (depending upon the definition used) could be a prophylactic situation which could be within the ABT remit.

A complex case involving repeated injuries to people or dogs, over an extended period, would not be covered within this role.

This standard is suitable for those working in the animal care sector, with responsibility for managing humane approaches to the behaviour of animals. It is suitable for:

Veterinary nurses with responsibility for providing behavioural first-aid advice to clients; developing systems and implementing procedures for fear-free visits to the practice; providing prophylactic advice for young or newly acquired animals, under the supervision of an on-site veterinary surgeon and/or an on-site, or external, CAB or VB Rehabilitation trainers in a rescue setting, under the supervision of an on-site, or external, CAB or VB Rehabilitation trainers in private practice, under the supervision of an on-site, or external, CAB or VB

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


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 its members, the following benefits:

  • Massive Discounts on APBC animal behaviour conferences and monthly 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 a 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 reduced rate for Full Members and Provisional Members.
  • An active Facebook group for discussion, business development, and moral support.
  • Regular members’ newsletter.
  • Wellbeing Service for ALL MEMBERS, 24/7 access to an external helpline and website providing free counselling sessions, financial advice, legal inforamtion 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’ 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 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. This 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 have been assessed by the ASAB Acc scheme. Information on this route can be found on their website at 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

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) and they have obtained relevant practical experience.
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.
Provisional members having gained the relevant academic qualifications are gaining the practical experience necessary to become a Clinical Animal Behaviourist or Animal Behaviour Technician and therefore a full member of the APBC. The APBC’s supports its provisional members undertaking behaviour consultations. 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.
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 5 or above. 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
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 Copy of a recent Research Paper (published in last 5 years) and Proof of Your Higher Level qualifications

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