Events and conferences

IAABC Conference 2018

Our next conference is going to be bigger and better than ever, with a full three days of presentations, discussions and social events for all our Divisions. Join us on the 20th to the 22nd of April in Burlington, MA—registration is now open, with early bird and member discounts available. Speakers already confirmed include Karen Deeds, Lynn Seibert, Dr. Christopher Pachel and Jessica Dolce, with many more to be announced in the coming months.

Don’t forget to bookmark our official IAABC Conference website to stay up to date with all the latest news and announcements.

IAABC UK set for next Spring

Our first ever European conference is in the final planning stages, with an “ish” date of May 22nd, 2018. Along with Dr. Chris Pachel and Dr Susan Friedman, we have some amazing UK speakers we’re waiting to confirm! More details will be forthcoming, but if you’re in or around the UK, save that week! Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with all our conference news—there’s a signup form at the bottom of this page.

Behavior Live!

We’ve been working hard to bring you access to the best and brightest people working in animal behavior wherever you are in the world. Over the last few weeks, IAABC President Michael Shikashio has been video chatting with noted experts across our field over on our Facebook page as part of our new series, IAABC Behavior Live! You can catch up with all our previous sessions for free any time, including:

Dr. Susan Friedman

Chris Pachel, DVM, DAVCB

Kristyn Vitale

Steve Dale

Katenna Jones

Leslie McDevitt

More famous faces are scheduled in the coming weeks, follow us on Facebook for all the details.

Our courses and mentorships

Dedicate yourself to what you love

No matter where you’re at in your career, it’s important to know you have a solid grasp of all the science and skills that underpin success in animal behavior consulting. Our field is moving so fast, and becoming so much more rigorous, that we believe now is a great time to invest in a course that’s current, in-depth, and taught by real experts. Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice is running twice more this year, and we have discounts available for IAABC members. It’s twelve weeks of detailed written and video content, mentor-facilitated peer group discussions, quizzes and personalized feedback that is both unique and unrivaled in our industry. We have one start date available right now: September 24th. This is the last date for 2017, so make sure to Learn more and sign up on our website.

Mentorships for 2017

Since launching the first set last year, our mentorships have become an overwhelmingly popular part of the education we offer to behavior consultants and trainers at all levels. Many of our mentors are now offering repeat sessions to accommodate demand, so whether you’re just starting out, looking to refine your knowledge, or transfer your skills to a new species or environment, we’ve got an expert waiting to help you.

August: Beginning Behavior Consulting with Sarah Filipiak.

September: Introduction to Horse Behavior Consulting with Justine Harrison, Aggression in Dogs with Michael Shikashio, Shelter Dog Behavior with Trish McMillan Loehr.

October: Cat Behavior Consulting with Katenna Jones.

January: Writing with Eileen Anderson

For additional details, read our Mentoring FAQ and our Auditing Information sheet.

Grow your business with new technology

This Summer Katenna Jones, ACAAB, CCBC, CDBC, CPDT-KA, ScM, is offering a new course called Conducting Virtual Behavior Consultations, where you can learn how to use modern hardware and software to reach new clients and increase your productivity. The course starts on August 7th and runs for three weeks. Details and prices here.

IAABC members at any level get a substantial discount on all our courses and mentorships—if you join us before signing up for Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice your membership will pay for itself right away! Learn more about joining IAABC.

Write for us!

The next edition of the Journal is now open for submissions from anyone, whether you’re a member of IAABC or not. Do you have an idea for an article, or an interesting case study you’d like to share? Send an email to our Managing Editor Jesse at journal@iaabc.org and he’ll get right back to you! The deadline for initial drafts our Fall issue is October 1st.