Student Member Application

To apply scroll down to Step 4 to fill in the form, but please read previous steps first.

Step One – Check Eligibility

Student membership is open to those who are not practising and are currently in the process of achieving a qualification relevant to animal behaviour at FHEQ Level 4 or above, with the intention of becoming an Animal Behaviour Technician or Clinical Animal Behaviourist.  The APBC does not support student members seeing behaviour cases, as they have not yet demonstrated that they have achieved all the required Knowledge and Understanding to ensure efficacy, animal welfare standards and due care of the owners seeking help. 

Please note: that if you are currently practising as a behaviourist, you are NOT eligible for student membership.  However, you are invited to apply for Provisional CAB or ABT membership via the APEL route which may be more appropriate for you at this stage of your educational journey. 

Step Two – Read APBC Code of Practice

All Student members must abide by the APBC Code of Practice.  Please ensure you have read this and agree to this before proceeding with your application.

Step Three – Download Student course details form

Get this form signed by your course Head of Department.  Once the form is completed and signed please scan or take a photo of the form and have the digital copy ready.  Proceed to step four where you can upload your completed Student course form.

Step Four – Complete Application Form

i.e. as a Veterinary Surgeon, Registered Veterinary Nurse, Physiotherapist etc.
If you have a professional website please place the URL address here. IF NOT PLEASE PUT N/A
Please provide us with direct URL / Links to any professional social media profiles. IF NONE PLEASE PUT N/A
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 10 files.
This form is on the page just above this questionnaire.
View the Code of Conduct here:

Please note that if you are currently practising as a behaviourist, please note that you are not eligible for student membership. However, you are invited to apply for Provisional CAB or ABT. The APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) route may be appropriate for you at this stage of your educational journey. Please email if this applies to you.

Step Five – Application Approval

Please DO NOT send payment until your membership application has been approved. We will invoice you for student membership.

Once we have received your complete application, it will be reviewed at the next membership committee meeting. This committee meets fortnightly. Please be aware that, depending on when you submit, it may be 2-3 weeks before you are notified as to the success or otherwise of your application. If you are not successful, we will advise what you need to do next to become a successful candidate.

Please send any queries via email to:

Privacy Notice The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is collecting your data in order to fulfil its contractual obligations to you by providing a professional membership service. By providing your personal data you are giving consent to the APBC to: Store your name, email address, phone number(s), address, and personal documentation such as academic certificates and transcripts, and your Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) documents in a secure filing cabinet and office, as well as in electronic form on the APBC computer, Microsoft Cloud and APBC secure website. For the sole purposes of contacting you by email, telephone and by post to deliver information relevant to your APBC membership as per the APBC’s contractual obligation to fulfil your membership of the APBC and to share information about APBC activities. You may terminate your membership or opt out of receiving information about APBC activities at any time. Upon the termination of your membership all your personal details will be deleted/destroyed within 28 days.