Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists

For Veterinarians

As a veterinarian, what can you expect when you refer to a CAAB?

CAABs know that veterinarians are the single most important resource for pet owners regarding their pets’ health. We know that changes in behavior are often the first sign of a medical problem. Prior to seeking behavioral assistance from a CAAB, we know that it is in the best interest of pets, and their owners, to consult with their regular veterinarians. After a veterinarian has ruled out a medical problem or behavior abnormality, Certified Applied Behaviorists work with veterinarians and their clients to provide behavioral care and create appropriate and effective management and behavior modification programs.

We believe the best possible behavioral care for your pet can be delivered by those with the most in depth academic education and professional experience in animal behavior. Unlike other well -meaning groups that are certifying “behavior consultants”, the ABS requires a graduate degree in a behavioral science and extensive post-graduate experience. Board certification for veterinary behaviorists also requires extensive post-graduate training.

Incorrect information found via the internet, television and popular literature could lead to erroneous assessments of behavior, ineffective or inhumane treatments, and damage to your pet’s behavioral health. CAABs know the importance of PROVIDING effective and humane behavior modification PROTOCOLS.

You can expect a working partnership involving cooperation and communication with the CAAB. You can expect that your client will be treated in a professional manner.

What are the advantages of referring to a CAAB?

  • You can be assured that you are refering to certified professionals with graduate degrees. We use the latest behavior modification techniques when working with your clients.
  • Our goal is to properly diagnose and formulate a treatment plan using scientific principles and humane training techniques.
  • Most CAABs will submit a written report to the referring veterinarian, which includes the pet’s behavioral diagnosis and a summary of the treatment plan for the presenting problems.
  • If we uncover any information relevant to a potential medical problem that the client may not have reported to you, we will refer the pet and its owner back to you for additional evaluation.
  • We will follow-up the case and report any changes to you.
  • CAABs may work with you and your clients via telephone consultations and video review when necessitated by geographical limitations (e.g. clients who reside in geographical areas without access to a CAAB or veterinary behaviorist).
  • Many CAABs can provide educational seminars for veterinary staff.