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: Completed a graduate or doctorate degree in related field from an accredited university and is eligible for certification as an Animal Behaviorist.
Associate Member: Completed a graduate degree in a related field from an accredited university and is seeking additional information, coursework, and knowledge in Applied Animal Behavior.
Student Member: Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to the field from an accredited university or in internship or supervised animal behavior training program and has an interest in furthering their education and knowledge of Applied Animal Behavior.
Affiliate Member: Working or studying in other pet care fields with an interest in Applied Animal Behavior and in agreement with our purposes, 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.