How can an APBC Member help you?

Where do APBC Members conduct their consults?
Members can provide home visits, phone/virtual consults or consultations in a clinic setting.

Are remote consults as successful as face-to-face?
The behaviourist will still take a history and observe the animal’s behaviour using video and a virtual chat link. They will still be able to demonstrate the interventions required and will 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 is varied, including: aggression, destructiveness, toileting problems, marking, spraying, self mutilation, vocal behaviour, nervousness, travel issues, livestock chasing, general control 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 individual’s circumstances. The APBC represents a network of experienced behaviourists who 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 – all 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. The referring vet 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 this 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 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 telephone, email, through follow-up appointments or a treatment package a counsellor may offer for ongoing support. A report outlining the recommendations will be sent to you and your veterinary surgeon.

CAB and CCAB – are they the same standard?
Yes, they are the same standard. CCAB (Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist) is the post nominal used by those who have completed the ASAB assessment route. CAB (Clinical Animal Behaviourist) is the post nominals used by those who have completed the APBC assessment route. Both assessment routes confirm that you meet the same standard of the regulatory body, the ABTC, for knowledge, understanding and performance skills for the role of a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB).

ABT Level Clarification:
The Animal Behaviour Technician standard relates to the design of programmes to provide preventative and first-aid behavioural advice to owners/handlers. The standard also includes the implementation of behaviour modification and/or environmental modification plans, following an assessment/evaluation by a Clinical Animal Behaviourist or Veterinary Behaviourist, as appropriate.