Mission Statement:

The Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (AVBT) exists to promote excellence in the discipline of veterinary behavior medicine. The AVBT will provide a process by which veterinary technicians may become certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in the field of behavior. The veterinary technician who becomes certified as a VTS (Behavior) will demonstrate superior knowledge in scientifically – and humanely – based techniques of behavior health, problem prevention, training, management, and behavior modification. The AVBT will advance the skills of veterinary technicians within the discipline of animal behavior and further their recognition as critical components of the veterinary behavior team in creating, maintaining, and strengthening the human-animal bond.

AVBT News & Announcements

  • July 23, 2014 - Exam in Denver prior to the ACVB/AVSAB Veterinary Behavior Symposium
  • June 1, 2015 - Letters of Intent due for the 2016 Exam
  • November 30, 2015 - Application Deadline for 2016 Examination
    • July 17, 2013 - Exam in Chicago prior to the Veterinary Behavior Symposium
    • June 1, 2013 - Letters of Intent due for the 2014 Exam
    • November 30, 2012 - Application Deadline for 2013 Examination
    • August 3, 2012 - Two new VTS (Behavior) and one Honorary VTS (Behavior) conferred in San Diego, CA
    • August 1, 2012 — Exam in San Diego, CA prior to ACVB/AVSAB Animal Behavior Symposium & AVMA Convention.
    • August 5th, 2012 — SVBT Reception in San Diego, 6pm.
    • November 30, 2012 — Deadline for submitting candidate packet for 2013 specialty exam. Packets may be submitted at anytime; electronic submission is preferred.

Welcome!  Thank you for visiting the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (AVBT) website.  AVBT was first recognized for specialty status by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) in July 2008.  AVBT is the result of a dedicated effort and years of work by veterinary technicians committed to promoting excellence in the discipline of veterinary behavior medicine.

This Academy was organized for technicians striving to expand their roles in the veterinary technician field and become essential members of the veterinary behavior team.  AVBT candidates have a superior knowledge of behavior grounded in science.  They understand the important role behavior plays in the relationship between owners and animals and want to make a positive difference by utilizing humanely – based techniques for problem prevention, training, management, and behavior modification in ways that strengthen the human-animal bond.

If this describes you, please read through our web site to discover what is required to achieve the goal of becoming certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior.  

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