info@apbc.org.uk+44 (0) 7483 429997 Login Logout

Route to Full Membership

Route to CAB level 6 and full membership

We want to express that this process is to help to ensure we are ready for Full membership, not to throw hurdles at you. The process focuses on: Support, Clear in what is required in case records and ability to have continued supportive conversations. Objectivity, Know Who the assessors are and how they qualified to assess. Fairness, There are processes in place to allow for change of assessor if required and for you to know how many people are assessing you. Timely Feedback, Feedback that is in the form of a conversation with multiple opportunities for both face to face (virtual) and written constructive feedback that will allow you to action any change that is required for Full membership and last been not least Transparency, We are hear to answer any questions you have on the process and will provide documents with full details of the process so you can dip in for information. We will let you know where we are up to in the process and when documents and information is to be released.

1. Complete record of coverage of Knowledge and Understanding at L6 – demonstrating how your courses, studies and experiences have allowed you achieve the Knowledge and Understanding set out in the ABTC standards.
OR
Provide evidence of successful completion of an ABTC recognised L6 course.
IF YOU ARE A PROVISIONAL MEMBER YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THIS STEP.

2. Gain sufficient experience to be able to demonstrate competence and skills as set out by the Performance Criteria for CAB. The APBC offers support through local groups and CPD as you gain experience (access to support is made available through the APBC web site www.apbc.org.uk and the APBC office info@apbc.org.uk )

3. Be able to demonstrate handling and training skills for the species you intend to work.

As a provisional member. Once you feel you have the necessary experience as stated in steps 2 and 3, contact the office (info@apbc.org.uk) and you will need to provide the following to be assessed for CAB and full membership:

4. Submit three written behaviour case records for assessment. State the species submitted.
Also Submit a video of you working with a client/clients (permission from the client/clients for this use will be required).
To be submitted at least 8 weeks before the oral interview(s) (below). Click here to jump to FULL DETAILS ON WHAT IS REQUIRED or see BELOW

5. The evidence from 4 above will be assessed by at least two assessors. This will be done anonymously as far as possible (the use of the video will allow you to be identified).
You will have the opportunity to ask for any individual assessor known to you personally, to not be assigned to your application. You will not need to give a reason. You will be given feedback and the result of assessment of your written evidence within three weeks of submission.

6. Make an application for oral interview(s) following successful completion of stages 4 and 5.

7. You will attend an oral interview(s). The interview(s) will cover a range of relevant aspects and will include questions based on the written case records and the video evidence you supplied.
You may also be asked questions about unseen cases/scenarios.

8. You will be assessed on your handling/training ability.

9. You will receive feedback and the result of your oral interview(s) within one week.
This will include any required skills development in the event of your application being unsuccessful.

If you have any concerns regarding the way in which the assessment process has been conducted, please
refer to the ABTC appeals process www.abtc.org.uk

What is required:

What is Required in CASE RECORDS:

APBC Guidelines for Written evidence for CAB –
The Performance Criteria for Clinical Animal Behaviourist will need to be shown through the following:


A. Case records
You will need to submit case records for three cases. You should submit three case records in total for the species you intend to work with, e.g. 2 dog and 1 cat. At least one case should have taken place within the last 12 months.
Your case records should be anonymised so that your clients, or any other professional, or persons involved in the case, cannot be identified (unless prior permission has been given).
Each of your case records should include:
 Overarching approach for the case, which could include notes/ rationale (see below)/ flow-charts for behaviour modification
 Records of all relevant interactions with clients including completed history taking documents, video records, email exchanges, notes from telephone conversations, notes taken from consultations, reports to clients, generic handouts, video tutorials, or other resources used in the cases
 Records of all relevant interactions with other professionals including any veterinary assessment, clinical or medical history from the referring veterinary practice, communications with the referring veterinary surgeon after consultations.


B. Video record
For one case you will need to submit video records. These must include your first consultation and at least one follow-up consultation. Please note, preferably these two videos would be from one of the above three cases. If this is not feasible, they may be from a different case.


The information you provide in A and B above will form the basis for your oral interview(s). In addition, from the feedback you receive from the assessment of your written and video evidence, you will see whether you have clearly achieved each Performance Criterion. You will also see that there may be Performance Criteria which have been only partially met, or not met. If so, then these Criteria will also be addressed in your oral interview(s).
If you wish to provide more information about your approach and rationale (see below), you are welcome to do so.
This may reduce the questions needed at the oral interview(s).
Please do not, however, write a very long, detailed, referenced document, we are looking only at the Performance Criteria for CAB to be met. To be clear, we are not looking for a “case study” of the type you might see written up in a journal.


OPTIONAL Further Information on Rationale
From the CAB Performance Criteria, you may also wish to include information addressing the critical evaluation of types of modification chosen, with reasons for exclusion of alternatives (BUT THIS IS OPTIONAL. THESE ASPECTS WILL BE COVERED IN YOUR ORAL INTERVIEW):

  • Main factors influencing behaviour
  • Characteristics of pet and owner that influenced modification and communication choices
  • Influence of legislation/codes of practice
  • Review of effectiveness of modifications implemented
  • Modifications that were, or could be, made/future plans if these were not carried out
  • Reflection on your performance including any issues that arose and how these were dealt with
    This information on rationale is not a requirement of the written evidence, as it will be assessed elsewhere.

Route to ABT level 5 and full membership

Complete record of coverage of Knowledge and Understanding at L5 – demonstrating how your courses, studies and experiences have allowed you achieve the Knowledge and Understanding set out in the ABTC standards.

OR Provide evidence of successful completion of an ABTC recognised L5 course.

Gain sufficient experience to be able to demonstrate competence and skills as set out by the Performance Criteria for ABT. The APBC offers support through local groups and CPD as you gain experience (access to support is made available through the APBC web site www.apbc.org.uk and the APBC office info@apbc.org.uk )

Be able to demonstrate handling and training skills for the species you intend to work with.

Submit two written behaviour case records for assessment plus one prophylactic activity designed to prevent problem behaviours developing.  State the species submitted.

A video of you working with a client/clients is required (permission from the client/clients for this use will be required).

To be submitted at least 8 weeks before the oral interview(s) (below).

The evidence from 4 above will be assessed by at least two assessors. This will be done anonymously as far as possible (the use of the video will allow you to be identified).

You will have the opportunity to ask for any individual assessor known to you personally, to not be assigned to your application. You will not need to give a reason. You will be given feedback and the result of assessment of your written evidence within three weeks of submission.

Make an application for oral interview(s) following successful completion of stages 4 and 5.

You will attend an oral interview(s). Amongst other assessments will be questions based on the written case records and the video evidence you supplied.

You may also be asked questions about unseen cases/scenarios.

You will be assessed on your handling/training ability.

You will receive feedback and the result of your oral interview(s) within one week.

This will include any required skills development in the event of your application being unsuccessful.

If you have any concerns regarding the way in which the assessment process has been conducted, please refer to the ABTC appeals process

X