AVSAB is committed to improving the quality of life of all animals and strengthening the bond between animals and their owners.

Welcome to AVSAB

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a group of veterinarians and research scientists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior. Join us and discover how insight into animal behavior can strengthen your bond with your pets and enhance the welfare of your patients.


Current/renewing members should visit the Membership Page for more information about renewing your membership; new veterinary or affiliate members may apply at any time. We look forward to your participation and contribution to the organization!


New AVSAB Position Statement Available:

This position statement is being released in response to the recent controversy surrounding an episode with Cesar Millan. Cesar Millan calls himself "The Dog Whisperer" and the show aired on National Geographic.

To read and download this statement or any of our Position Statements,  click here






Webinar Number 2 is Now Available!

Low Stress = High Satisfaction:  how fear free practices achieve higher revenue, client retention and lower staff turn over, with Dr. Sally J. Foote, current AVSAB president and board member of the Fear Free initiative headed by Dr Marty Becker.

Veterinary practices can see improvements in various management areas of practice, in addition to patient behavior and welfare when using low stress handling and positive conditioning to the veterinary practice techniques. Improvement in practice revenue, staff morale, reduced staff injury and turnover, and client retention will be discussed. References include the Bayer Veterinary Usage study, Client satisfaction surveys and other industry references. The purpose of the presentation is to help practice managers, technicians, veterinarians and practice owners understand the many ways reducing pet stress during care improves a practice business as well as environment.

To register, click on webinar title, above. Users will need to register to continue (unless already registered)

This e-learning has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) - 1.00 Hours

10% discount code (for AVSAB members only) is availabe on the forum. Please search for "Low Stress Webinar Coupon". Coupon code is good until the end of 2016, for one use per member.

For more information, click here!


Check out our blog. Written/Compiled by Dr. Megan Maxwell, CAAB, the blog covers a variety of behavior topics including bark parks, the use of positive reinforcement, and teaching the use of the Freedom Harness.

Click here to see the blog!

Have you been hearing about Free Free Veterinary Visits and wonder what it's all about?

This seminar is for you! 

Presented by ContinuEd and approved CE credits, Creating Fear Free Veterinary Visits is sponsored by Vetoquinol and features presenters Marty Becker, Lisa Radosta, and Debbie Martin. See the information here for locations and dates.


2016 Annual Veterinary Behavior Symposium

Don't miss the 2016 Annual Veterinary Behavior Symposium,  held in conjunction with the AVMA conference August 5, 2016 ~ San Antonio, Texas. Included in the information filled day is a keynote address by Jaak Panksepp Professor of Neuroscience and Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Registration details and schedule available at

AVMA is also having a series of interactive labs this year and is including a few behavior related offerings. If you are attending AVMA, consider signing up for these labs to show AVMA the value that behavior plays in practice. Go to this link to register:

AVSAB on the Radio with Steve Dale

Laura Monaco Torelli recently chatted with Steve Dale about dog training. The link is here: 

AVSAB is proud to be mentioned in the course of the discussion, with special attention paid to our latest position paper on training methods. 

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