WHAT IS A CERTIFIED APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIORIST?
A person can earn the title of a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) once they are board-certified through the Animal Behavior Society. To earn this title, a person must not only apply but then exceed strict expectations. These include hands-on experience, recommendations from colleagues, and contributions to the animal behavior field. It also includes a doctoral education with proper coursework. In addition, this doctoral degree may be in Animal Science, Behavioral Analysis, Biology, Ethology, Zoology, or a related field.
Once a person has earned this degree, they must then make their own original contributions to the field of applied animal behavior. In fact, these contributions can be made in the form of professional presentations, publications, and more. On top of the education, a CAAB must have at least five years of hands-on experience. This experience has to relate to a particular species. The experience also has to be done before working with that species.