Links to Professional Organizations

The following organizations, listed in alphabetical order, provide services or resources to companion animal professionals.


American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists is a professional organization of veterinarians who are board-certified in the specialty of Veterinary Behavior. Board certified individuals must have completed advanced training, written peer reviewed articles and passed a qualifying examination. College members are involved in all aspects of animal behavior from treating behavior problems in companion animals, large animals and laboratory animals to ongoing research in the field. The American College of Veterinary behaviorists promotes education and training in the field of behavior for veterinarians and the public.

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a group of veterinarians and research professionals who share an interest in understanding behavior in animals. AVSAB is committed to improving the quality of life of all animals and strengthening the bond between animals and their owners.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education. The site includes a search function to find a trainer in your area.

Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists

The Animal Behavior Society (ABS) is the leading professional organization in North America for the study of animal behavior. The Society recognizes that animal-oriented groups or agencies, businesses, and the general public seek professional advice about the animal behavior in general or about behavioral problems of animals. Certification is the means by which the ABS demonstrates to the public that certain individuals meet the minimum standards of education, experience and ethics required of a professional applied animal behaviorist as set forth by the Society.

Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

The CCPDT is an international testing and certification program for professional pet dog trainers. The CCPDT's certification program is based on humane training practices and the latest scientific knowledge related to dog training. Competence and continued growth in training practices is promoted through the recertification of qualified professionals.

Delta Society

Delta Society Mission:

  • Improving human health through service and therapy animals.
  • Delta Society Goals:
  • Expand awareness of the positive effect animals can have on human health and development.
  • Remove barriers that prevent involvement of animals in everyday life.
  • Expand the therapeutic and service role of animals in human health, service, and education.

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Inc. is a professional association for the field of animal behavior consulting. The association represents the professional interests of behavior consultants throughout the world. We facilitate research, theory development and education.

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

Mission: to endorse dog obedience instructors of the highest caliber; to provide continuing education and learning resources to those instructors; and to continue to promote humane, effective training methods and competent instructors.

Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians

The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians enriches human animal interactions by promoting scientifically based techniques of training, management, and behavior modification. SVBT provides a forum for discussion and continuing education while working with allied professional organizations to strengthen the veterinary health care team.