About Us

Welcome

History
of the ABC

The ABC was founded in February 1994 out of the need to give southern African behaviourists a professional governing body. Membership is open to the public, as well as animal behaviour consultants™©. Owners of companion animals can consult ABC accredited practitioners with confidence, as they adhere to a code of ethics.

Accredited
consultants

All of our accredited members undergo a rigorous application procedure prior to receiving their species-specific accreditation.

The accreditation criteria are stringent and extensive, thereby ensuring the highest levels of knowledge, professionalism and integrity.

Membership

Membership of the ABC
is open to all

Various categories of membership exist.  You can also email our Membership Secretary for further details.

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MEMBERSHIP

R (POA)

per application

Open to animal organisations
Access to bi-monthly newsletters
Seminars & Workshops
Access to up-to-date information

Download application

normal

MEMBERSHIP

R 120

per yer

Open to all
Once off joining fee of R240
Access to bi-monthly newsletters
Seminars & Workshops
Access to up-to-date information

Download application

accredited

MEMBERSHIP

The Animal Behaviour Consultants of Southern Africa © is the only animal behaviour accrediting body in Southern Africa.
It makes sense for all reputable behaviourists to belong to a single association with a standard that promotes professional and ethical practices.
The accreditation requirements of the ABC of SA follow a similar format to those used by similar organisations in other countries. The ABC is an internationally recognised association, and is advertised in various ways, such as in animal publications and at promotional events.

R 750

per application

Open to trained behaviourists only
CV, Motivation, Professional testimonials, Actual & Fictional case studies required
Submission is reviewed by a panel
Reviewed every to years

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SUITABLY QUALIFIED

Offer services for which they are suitably qualified, in a professional manner. If a case is beyond a consultant's scope of expertise or experience, it is expected that consultants refer such cases to a suitably experienced or qualified colleague, or work in liaison with such consultant.

CLIENTELE

Treat clientele with honesty, confidentiality, understanding and compassion, and ensure the client is not misled or exploited.

HUMANE TREATMENT

Avoid any method of treatment, equipment or techniques that inflict physical pain, intimidation, and / or cause undue psychological/physiological distress.

THOROUGH INVESTIGATION

Ensure that the behaviour problem is thoroughly investigated and the animal concerned fully evaluated.

PRACTICAL ADVICE

Offer advice, which is practical, and appropriate for each individual case. Such advice should be based on practical, up-to-date scientific applications and practices.

AWARENESS

Treat the animal (where applicable) in liaison with the referring veterinarian, and be aware of any potential behaviour problems that may be associated with a physiological cause. When indicated, prior to a consultation, the consultant should recommend that the client consult with their veterinarian in order to rule out or confirm such a possibility.

ANIMAL PROCTECTION

Use methods of behaviour modification and/or training that do not contravene any section of the Animal Protection Act No 71 of 1962.

ENCOURAGE

Encourage responsible companion animal ownership and education, and promote awareness of animal behaviour wherever possible.

CONTINUED EDUCATION

Continue to further their own education in their respective animal behaviour field, and keep abreast of new developments in this science