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Applied Animal Behavior


The field of Applied Animal Behavior specializes in the behavior of companion animals, the behavior of farm, zoo and laboratory animals and studies of the behavior of wild animals when these studies are relevant from an applied perspective, as well as methodological studies.





Applied Animal Behavior at ABS

The Animal Behavior Society does not offer behavior counseling or services. These are available through Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists. Please contact one of those listed in the CAAB directory or through the CoreCAAB website.

The field of Applied Animal Behavior specializes in the behavior of companion animals (i.e behavior modification, welfare and enrichment), the behavior of farm, zoo and laboratory animals (i.e animal management and welfare) and studies of the behavior of wild animals when these studies are relevant from an applied perspective, (i.e. wildlife management, pest management or nature conservation) as well as methodological studies.

Animal behaviorists are often educated in a variety of disciplines, including psychology biology, zoology or animal sciences. A professional applied animal behaviorist has demonstrated expertise in the principles of animal behavior, in the research methods of animal behavior, in the application of animal behavior principles to applied behavior problems and in the dissemination of knowledge about animal behavior through teaching and research.

Crista Coppola PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
Chair, Board of Professional Certification
Animal Behavior Society