Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians

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Our Mission

To promote evidence based behavioural support for animals and their carers, to the highest scientific standards, in an empathetic and compassionate manner.

To forge strong links between animal carers, behaviourists and veterinary professionals.

To support the development of independently accredited practitioners in the field of clinical animal behaviour through mentoring, continuing professional development and supportive fellowship.

The Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians is a community intended to support the professional needs of Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourists (CCABs) and those working towards certification as a clinical animal behaviourist, as well as liaising with stakeholders in the industry, such as in the academic and charity sector. In providing this supportive role the fellowship aspires to promote the highest standards of animal welfare within the profession of clinical animal behaviour. Our fellowship is made up of four types of members, who work together to attain our mission statement. In doing so, our community can offer members the following benefits…


  1. Membership of an organisation that supports independently accredited clinical animal behaviourists (CCABs) and those preparing to become CCABs
  2. A community supporting each others’ professional development
  3. Full and equal democratic rights for all members to have a say in the running of their organisation
  4. Addition to the FABC public membership lists and use of the FABC logo for all members if desired (and subject to our Code of Conduct)
  5. Access to a supportive member forum, dedicated welfare officers and networking opportunities
  6. Access to FABC webinars, members-only events and discounted tickets to any public FABC events (included with Certificated and Candidate Membership; optional for Retired and Contributing Supporter Membership), as well as a 50% reduction for BVBA webinars for all FABC members
  7. Candidate Members will be assisted by Certificated Members in their journey towards their CCAB application and have premium access to any CPD and material specifically targeted at Candidate Members
  8. Practising Certificated Members and ABTC Registered Candidate Members are promoted to the public and referring vets via our online ‘Find A Behaviourist’ page
  9. Certificated Members can be on the ABTC Clinical Animal Behaviourist (and/or Veterinary Behaviourist) Register, which means pet owners are likely to be able to claim behaviourist fees through many of the major UK pet insurance companies
  10. We have a partnership with Towergate Insurance for our practising members.
  11. Exciting collaborative opportunities across the veterinary, academic and charity sectors
  12. Representation to the wider industry

​Anyone can also become a FABC Sponsor.

Types of Membership:

  1. Certificated Members

Our Certificated Members are clinical animal behaviourists externally and independently accredited by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour. Practising and Non-practising CCABs on the CCAB Register are welcome to join FABC. We will represent you to the industry and welcome your input on developing the field further.

  1. Candidate Members

We welcome anyone who wishes to prepare for accreditation as a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) to join FABC as a Candidate Member. FABC will help you as a Candidate Member along the path to accreditation as a CCAB. The minimum requirement for candidate membership is that you have studied or are studying for a course equivalent to UK Government Qualification or FHEQ Level 5 or above, with at least one animal or psychology related unit.

Please note that, although a small number of the academic requirements for accreditation as a CCAB have a minimum requirement of Level 4, as part of the CCAB Pre-Certification process, you will be required to complete academic courses to Level 5 and Level 6 in the majority of subject areas as detailed on the CCAB web site. Then you will need to gain substantial clinical training experience before applying for CCAB final assessment.

FABC will support Candidate Members’ clinical training, such as by linking up those requiring different levels of practical support with those in a position to offer it. Candidate Members will have access to various mentoring and learning opportunities. FABC will be further developing resources to assist with certification progression.

  1. Retired Members

Supporting FABC, its aims and being part of its community can continue into your retirement. This membership group is for any clinician who has previously been a Certificated Member of FABC, but is no longer on the FABC list of Certificated Members due to their cessation of employment in clinical animal behaviour (in any form), but who would like to continue to have the option to contribute their opinion regarding the development of FABC.  To become a Retired Certificated Member of FABC, the applicant must have retired from their profession of their own choice and not due to any upheld complaint made against them to any accreditation organisation or FABC.  Retired Certificated Members of FABC will be encouraged, but not obliged, to play a continuing role in the development and support of FABC.  This membership category will be temporarily open to any retired CCAB, even if not previously a FABC member, up until the date of April 1st 2021.

  1. Contributing Supporter Members (CSMs)

For this membership category, FABC are looking for people who can forge strong links between animal carers, behaviourists and veterinary professionals, as well as supporting the development of independently accredited practitioners in the field of clinical animal behaviour through mentoring, continuous professional development and supportive fellowship. We would also like individuals who will help us promote evidence-based behavioural support for animals and their carers, to the highest scientific standards, in an empathetic and compassionate manner. CSMs will need to demonstrate how they can contribute to the running of FABC, support FABC’s mission statement and its Certificated and Candidate Members through their qualifications, skills, interest and/or experience, complimentary to the field of clinical animal behaviour. For instance, they may be able to assist on one of FABC’s subcommittees. Examples of people whom we would welcome as CSMs are:

  • Lecturers or researchers in areas such as animal behaviour, welfare science, law and ethics, zoology, or human psychology;
  • Individuals working in or associated with supporting stakeholder organisations, such as animal welfare charities;
  • Individuals with complimentary skills and/or experience of benefit to FABC, such as those with a background in:
    • clinical mentoring;
    • veterinary policy work;
    • producing animal welfare television documentaries;
    • public relations and fund-raising;
    • IT, events management, or administrative experience within an animal care setting.

Membership Fees

The annual cost of membership is £120 for Certificated and Candidate Members (with a 50% discount for students).  The annual membership fee for Retired Members is £1, or £60 for additional membership benefits including FABC webinar access.  The annual membership period runs from April 1st each year. There is a 50% reduction in membership fees (above £1) for those joining from October to March.

Students can prove their academic student status by submitting a copy of their confirmation of study for the relevant academic year (in an animal behaviour related course to a minimum of FHEQ Level 5). The student discount can continue to be claimed for a further two years following the final year of study.

Note that there is a further fee each year for Certificated Members who wish to be placed upon the ABTC registers. The registration fee is £12 for the CAB register and £12 for the Veterinary Behaviourist register.

If you would like to join us, please download the relevant membership form below. Please complete and email it to the FABC Membership Secretary at office@fabclinicians.org .

Certificated member application form

Candidate member application form

Retired member application form

Contributing supporter expression of interest form