Use this search to find a veterinarian, veterinary behaviorist or a PhD behaviorist who receives animal behavior cases in your area. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) is a membership-only organization of veterinarians and persons holding a PhD in animal behavior or a related field. It does not confer upon its members any qualifications or presuppose a level of expertise in the field of animal behavior. Our organization cannot endorse or specifically recommend anyone. This locater function will provide you with a list of behavior providers who are members of this organization and have an interest in behavior.
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Explanation of Credentials
DVM or VMD: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor. Veterinarians are the only people legally able to diagnose and treat medical and behavioral problems in animals, including prescribing medications to treat those problems. Some veterinarians restrict their practice to seeing animals with behavior problems.
DACVB: Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Person is not only a veterinarian, but is also a board-certified specialist with extensive training in animal behavior. DACVBs are qualified to diagnose and treat medical problems in animals, including prescribing medications and behavior modification plans to treat these conditions.
PhD: Person has completed a PhD degree in animal behavior or a related field. This degree is research and theory related and requires contributions to the animal behavior literature. These consultants cannot prescribe medications but often work closely with a veterinarian who can.
CAAB: Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. Person holds a graduate degree in animal behavior or a related field and has research experience and clinical experience working with animals. CAABs are qualified to evaluate and manage behavioral problems in animals, but cannot prescribe medications. They typically work closely with a veterinarian who can.
Note: In order for a veterinarian to prescribe medication they need to have a doctor-patient relationship with the animal. This means a current examination (within a year). They also should directly evaluate the animal and be involved with the treatment plan before prescribing. This evaluation should include the report and suggestions from other professionals who have evaluated the pet (CAABs, PhDs, trainers or other veterinarians).