Academy of

Behavior Technicians


Become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior

Veterinary Technician Specialists in Behavior work in a variety of areas in veterinary medicine including general practice, shelter, research, academia, and more.

Interested in Specializing?

  • Are you a credentialed veterinary technician or nurse who is interested in specializing in the field of animal behavior?

  • Is animal behavior your passion?

  • Do you enjoy educating and supporting people?

  • Are you ready to commit to ongoing advancement of your knowledge and skills?

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AVBT’s Mission

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.


Why Become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior?

  1. Help animals and their human caregivers maximize behavioral health

  2. Collaborate with other animal experts to further advance behavioral science

  3. Increase income through additional outlets such as lecturing, writing, teaching, etc.

  4. Gain new employment and advancement routes

  5. Challenge your skills and knowledge toward continuous growth


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