The Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors (ACABC) is an
international, non-profit professional membership organization whose mission is to promote scientific education in the field of
applied companion animal behavior, to encourage the use of humane and non-aversive methods of animal training and behavior
modification, and to make available to the general public and the veterinary profession a readily available group of companion animal
applied behavior professionals. Members agree to subscribe to the organization's Code of Standards and Ethical Conduct at all
Membership is open to anyone who is currently involved or interested in the field of applied companion animal behavior. Professional
peer-review certification and credentialing for a companion animal species is available to qualified individuals upon completion of
the required theoretical coursework, practical coursework, and a working internship under the direction of a certified member, as set
forth by the Association's Board of Professional Certification; demonstrating to the public and the veterinary profession that
certified members meet acceptable standards in the field of applied companion animal behavior and practice.
In addition, the Association assists its members with:
internal professional recognition, external verification, & accountability
public relations through professional credentialing
member and professional networking
advertising and media relations
while maintaining the highest level of professional integrity and the humane treatment of animals.