How an APBC Member Can Help You?

Where do APBC Members Conduct Their Consults?
Members can provide counselling in the way of home visits, phone/virtual consult or consultation in a clinic.

Are Remote Consults as Successful as Face to Face?
Yes. The behaviour counsellor will still take a history and observe the animals behaviour using video and a virtual chat link. They will still be able to demonstrate the interventions required and will still support you through the training.

What Sort of Problems Can a Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors Help me With?
The range of behavioural problems exhibited in companion animals is varied, they include: aggression, destructiveness, toileting problems, marking, spraying, self mutilation, vocal behaviour, nervousness, travel, livestock chasing and general control. The APBC can offer help with these and any other behaviour problems.

How Can a Member of The APBC Help me?
In the treatment of behaviour problems it takes time to establish cause and develop treatment plans that are suitable for the owners circumstances. The APBC represents a network of experienced counsellors who, on referral from veterinary surgeons, are able to offer the time and expertise necessary to achieve these objectives.

Do I need to get a vet referral before seeing an APBC member?
Yes – APBC members only work on veterinary referral, because it is important that they vet has ruled out any potential underlying medical issues that might be contributing to the undesirable behaviour. The vet will liaise with the behaviourist regarding any relevant information about the animal’s health. The behaviourist and vet will then work closely together throughout the behavioural treatment. If the behaviourist feels that psychoactive medication may be useful alongside the behaviour modification programme, they will discuss this with the referring vet who remains responsible for the physical health of the animal.

What Happens at The Time of Consultation?
Consultations are held on an appointment basis either in person or remotely. They normally last 90 minutes – 2 hours, but will vary with each counsellor. If possible all family members involved should be present. A history of the problem will be taken and your animal’s temperament assessed after which the counsellor will explain the motivation for the behaviour and help you devise a treatment programme.

What Happens After The Consultation?
Treatment programmes vary according to the nature and severity of the problem. Further advice and after-care can be provided via the telephone, email, a follow-up appointments or different programmes a counsellor may offer for ongoing support. A report outlining the therapy will be sent to you and your veterinary surgeon.

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