FAQ’s

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.

CAB AND CCAB – ARE THEY SAME STANDARD?
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. 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 

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