About the Animal Behaviour and Training Council
The Animal Behaviour and Training Council developed out of a working party co-ordinated by VETNET LLN, 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 followed CAWC's lead and initially focused on dog trainers and animal behaviour therapists, before expanding to include trainers of other species, bringing together the major professional organisations in the veterinary, re-homing, behaviour therapy, and animal training sectors of the industry. This was met with encouragement from Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior (Chairman CAWC) and the late Sir Colin Spedding who chaired the sector wide meetings on behalf of CAWC.
The Founding Members of the Council worked together throughout 2010 and over the following years, sharing knowledge and expertise across the species gaps, agreeing the standards of education and training required for animal trainers and behaviour therapists working in the UK.
The Council now also enjoys the personal support of Lord de Mauley, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State – Defra.