The Animal Behaviour and Training Council sets and maintains standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal trainer, training instructor or animal behaviour therapist and maintains the national Register of appropriately assessed practitioners.
ABTC members include major animal welfare charities, organisations concerned with human-animal interactions, educational institutions and membership organisations for practitioners.
The Council represents the training and behaviour sector to the public and to governments.
“The ABTC’s charitable aims are to promote humane practice in the training and behaviour therapy of animals and to lobby for improvements in animal welfare related to these activities”
The ABTC is the only charity dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals in training or undergoing behaviour therapy. Led by science, we stand by the principles of respect and choice in training and behaviour modification. The ABTC believes that it cannot be right to cause any animal pain in order to motivate them to carry out desired behaviours, when humane methods are not only available, but produce better long-term results.
The ABTC seeks to improve animal welfare through a focus on the following objectives:
ABTC Practitioners must use science-led, compassionate and non-punitive methods and equipment. Training and behaviour programmes must not be based on Positive Punishment or the creation of anxiety or fear.
The ABTC Practitioner Directory lists the species which any given practitioner works with, having been rigorously assessed as competent in the relevant role in its entirety.