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 FAB Clinicians public membership lists and use of our logo for all members
  5. Access to our supportive member forums, shared resources, dedicated welfare officers and networking opportunities
  6. Access to our webinars, members-only events and discounted tickets to any public FAB Clinicians events, plus 50% off BVBA webinars
  7. Candidate Members are assisted by Certificated Members in their journey towards their CCAB application and have premium access to any CPD and targeted material
  8. Practising Certificated Members and ABTC CAB Registered Candidate Members are promoted to the public and referring vets, such as through our ‘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. 24-7 accredited counselling and well-being line for our members
  12. 24-7 legal line to experienced solicitors and barristers
  13. 9-5 business, tax and employment advice line and online law hub tailored to the work of FAB Clinicians
  14. Exciting collaborative opportunities across the veterinary, academic and charity sectors
  15. Representation to the wider industry
  16. Thanks to our partnership with EBSCO, our members can search an online repository of thousands of full-text, peer-reviewed academic journals in clinical animal behaviour.


​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.

Our candidate members are split into three sub categories to allow us to support you with your progression towards independent accreditation.  If you are working towards Pre-certification with ASAB then select student. If you have achieved Pre-certification with ASAB and are working towards accreditation as a CCAB select Pre-registered. If you have achieved ABTC CAB registration through another organisation select ABTC CAB Registered. If you have any questions regarding membership categories please contact the membership secretary.

  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.  If you are an existing FAB Clinicians Certificated Member and would like to change your listing to Retired please email info@fabclincians.org

  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.

As with all our other members, CSMs need to abide by our Code of Conduct. Applicants who are practising and seeing behaviour cases may instead wish to consider applying to be one of our Candidate Members.  Other individuals may not be able to contribute their skills in a particular membership year, so they may instead wish to consider becoming a FAB Clinicians Sponsor. Alternatively, if part of a particular stakeholder group, you may wish to consider being a Stakeholder Representative.

*Note access to some membership advantages are dependent upon your choice of membership category options and subject to our Code of Conduct

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