Types of Practitioners

Which Practitioner Do You Need?

It is not always easy to understand which practitioner you need. Hopefully the breakdown below will help.

Animal Trainer (AT) – works directly with an animal to train them to carry out required behaviours. May work in conjunction with AAB, ABT, CAB or VB for rehabilitation training.

Animal Training Instructor (ATI) – works with owner/handler and animal eg dog training classes. Teaches owner/handler how to train their animal to carry out required behaviours. May work in conjunction with AAB, ABT, CAB or VB for rehabilitation training.

Accredited Animal Behaviourist (AAB) –  Works with owner/handler and animal to address unwanted behaviours, including all types of undesirable, inappropriate, problematic or dangerous behaviours, on veterinary referral. May work in conjunction with AT and ATI for rehabilitation training. This is a temporary register for current behaviour practitioners who meet a number of the requirements of knowledge and experience for clinical animal behaviourist. This register is now closed to new practitioners (except equine practitioners, for whom this closes in December 2021).  

Animal Behaviour Technician (ABT) – works with owner/handler and animal to prevent unwanted and to address unwanted behaviours on veterinary referral. May work on cases in conjunction with AT or ATI for rehabilitation training and CAB or VB to implement behaviour modification and/or environmental modification plans, following an assessment/evaluation.

Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) – works with owner/handler and animal to address unwanted behaviours, including all types of undesirable, inappropriate, problematic or dangerous behaviours, on veterinary referral. May work in conjunction with AT and ATI for rehabilitation training.

Veterinary Behaviourist (VB) – a CAB who is also a Veterinary Surgeon.  May work in conjunction with AT and ATI for rehabilitation training.

Expert Witness – Practitioners who engage in work as an expert witness in the field of animal behaviour and/or training.

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