The Animal Behaviour and Training Council is the newly formed regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies.
It sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to be an animal trainer or animal behaviour therapist, and it will maintain the national register of appropriately qualified animal trainers and animal behaviourists.
It promotes the welfare of animals in their interactions with humans, lobbying for humane methods in training and behaviour modification, and for the education of the animal owning public.
The Animal Behaviour and Training Council has developed out of a working party co-ordinated by VETNET LLN. This was formed in response to the invitation from the Companion Animal Welfare Council (CAWC) to respond to its recommendations for the self-regulation of the dog training and behaviour therapy sector.
The Council has followed CAWC’s lead and has initially focused on animal behaviour therapists and dog trainers, as dog trainers form the largest group of animal trainers in the UK. However, trainers of other species will soon be included and organisations representing their interests will be invited to join the Council in April-May 2010.
The Council is made up of the major professional organisations from the veterinary, re-homing, behaviour therapy, and dog training sectors of the industry. The Council is supported and guided by Lantra, Defra and the Animal Welfare Departments of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments.
Im a member of two of the current members of the council the APDT1058 and also CAPBT
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