Unwanted behaviour in companion animals can develop for many reasons. All animals are individuals, with different genetic input and early and later life experiences that shape how they respond to the world around them and everything within this. It can therefore be difficult or unhelpful to generalise about any unwanted behaviour and means to address this.
Those working as Clinical Animal Behaviourists apply the science of animal behaviour in order to understand and modify undesirable, problematic or dangerous behaviour in individual animals. They work in collaboration with Veterinary Surgeons so that any known or potential links between behaviour and health are incorporated into the behaviour evaluation and treatment plan. As well as being ethical, treatment plans are therefore based on best practice and scientific evidence.
The Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians (FABC) is a professional body which nurtures the wellbeing and relationships between animals and their caregivers by promoting best practice in the field of evidence-based clinical animal behaviour. It provides a resource for animal caregivers seeking empathetic help, advice and information regarding the behaviour of their animals, and it promotes ongoing development of accredited practitioners and those working towards accreditation through mentoring, supportive fellowship and professional development opportunities.
FAB Clinicians promotes the highest standards of practice in clinical animal behaviour and supports independent accreditation of clinical animal behaviourists. In the UK, we conform to standards set by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).
What Drives Us
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.