Members of the National Association of Animal Behaviorists have graduate degrees in disciplines such as animal behavior, psychology, biology, zoology, ethology, and related behavior science fields. Graduate degrees (M.A., M.S., Ph.D., DVM, etc.) are required by the NAAB to ensure that the highest standards are met, and the profession remains credible to veterinarians, pet professionals, pet families, and animal welfare and rescue professionals. Other membership criteria are also evaluated, such as supervised hours for new graduates and continuing education for active members.
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Updated Requirements for Membership (5/2018)
Professional Member: has graduate degree in behavior science or related fields with a goal toward obtaining certification.
Associate Member: has completed graduate degree in behavior science or related field and are working toward obtaining additional coursework or experience necessary to become a professional member.
Student Member: has an interest in the field and are on track to complete applicable degrees in related fields.
Affiliate Members: are members in other fields related to pet care who wish to join and who share an interest in the field, are in agreement with the purposes of the organization, and support the organization’s missions and goals.
There are a number of accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. that offer graduate degrees in psychology, biology or related fields that can lead to a specialization in animal behavior. Many of these institutions offer courses in learning theory, research methods, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, and other relevant coursework in the study of animal behavior. There are also a few specific programs that offer a degree in animal behavior at the Masters or Ph.D. level.
If you are interested in membership, please complete a membership application. We welcome your inquiries and look forward to having you join us in our vision to educate, inspire, and foster a world where relationships with animals are more humane based on current scientific knowledge.