Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) Assessment

What is The CAB Role?

The Clinical Animal Behaviourist role involves the clinical application of the science of animal behaviour, and the modification of the behaviour of animals that are demonstrating all types of undesirable, inappropriate, problematic or dangerous behaviour, including those with a potential link to pathologies that require diagnosis in collaboration with a veterinary surgeon.

This Standard involves understanding how to evaluate, prevent or address inappropriate or problematic behaviours within individual animals, through the development of suitable environments and management/treatment 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.

The CAB Standard is suitable for those working assessing animals’ behaviour and producing behaviour modification plans, such as self-employed behaviourists.  For a more detailed overview please refer to the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) CAB Standard

Step One Download Application Information Guidelines

If you are considering applying for CAB via our assessment process, please download and read the following document which details the full application process from start to finish, guidelines for your written and video evidence submission and a detailed breakdown of the Performance Criteria you will be assessed against.

Step Two Register Interest

We ask that you register interest in applying at least 2 months in advance of assessment by contacting  This allows time for evidence to be submitted and appropriate allocation of assessors for each application window.

Step Three Gather And Submit Evidence

If you are unsure how best to complete the documentation and submit your case records we have a range of materials to help support and guide you. Using the following links you will find examples of complete case records, our Q&A video for further information about the assessment process and additional supporting materials (CAB Checklist, CAB Application Information Guidance Booklet and Video Consent Form).

Case Record Examples Coming Soon

If you would like additional guidance on this step from a member of the Assessment Team please consider working with one of our APBC Assessment Application Tutors.  This service is available for Provisional APBC members only

Step Four Assessment of Evidence And Oral Interviews

Your submission will be assessed by two members of our Assessment Team.  You will be given constructive feedback regarding your written and video evidence and invited to discuss your case records in more detail at oral interview.  Assessors may require up to 3 oral interviews to ensure all Performance Criteria have been fully met. 

Step Five Assessment Result

On successful completion of your assessment you will have demonstrated the Performance Criteria required to become a CAB.  You can then complete your application to become a full member of the APBC.

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