We’re a multi-species conference

You’ll have the chance to learn from experts from all over the animal behavior world, who you may never have had the opportunity to see if you stay in your bubble of expertise. Thinking about a different species can help you break out of old habits, which is proven to make absorbing material easier for your brain. That means new takes on concepts, completely new ideas, and more a-ha moments.

Something for everyone

This year, we have a more diverse lineup of presenters than ever, covering dogs, cats, horses, and parrots, as well as the nuts and bolts of behavior consulting in practice. If you work with shelters and rescues, we’ll have information you can really use, from preparing parrots for multiple homes to using desensitization and counter-conditioning to help fearful dogs and cats. No matter whether you’re just starting out of you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll find plenty to take home and put into practice.

Focusing on case studies

The science of animal behavior is at the core of everything we do as animal behavior professionals, and we have some of the best people presenting in the field. We know that sometimes the amount of “book-learning” out there can feel overwhelming, however, so most of our speakers will be building case studies and real-life examples into their presentations.

Learning from real-life experiences is the best way to get insight into how you can use these concepts in your work with animals. We believe in sharing information about every part of animal behavior consulting, including how to move forward when something doesn’t work so well!

A unique way to build your business skills

What does success mean to you? On Sunday, we’ll be running an all-day special session focused entirely on how you can build your business and marketing skills to get more clients, streamline your process, and make more money! Our presenters will take you through how you can lean into your strengths to set yourself up for business success, and the best ways of making your presence felt on the Internet.

Being part of this track comes with a personalized workbook for you to fill out and take home as a template for future growth.

A great location

It’s easy to get to the Hilton DoubleTree in Culver City. We’re just a few minutes from the freeway and only three miles from LAX airport. You’ll get a discount on parking for the whole weekend, too.

The hotel itself has lots of amenities (yes, Wi-Fi is included!), and they have rooms available at a special conference rate. If you have a conference ticket, they’ll also match any room rate you find online for the 8th and 9th of April.

Genetics! And cocktails!

Join Dr. Elinor Karlsson, head of the Vertebrate Genomics group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard , for an informal discussion of what the latest developments in genetics could mean for the future of how we understand animal behavior.

Dr. Karlsson is part of the Darwin’s Dogs project, a citizen science initiative gathering DNA from pet dogs and using it to learn about how genes influence behavior traits. She’ll be chatting over cocktails on Saturday from 5.30pm; bring your questions and your little paper umbrellas!

All the CEUs

We know IAABC 2017 is a great educational opportunity for behavior consultant, veterinarians, vet techs and volunteers, but don’t just take our word for it: we have CEUs available from CCPDT, KPA, NADOI, PPG, IACP, and credits from RACE.

Join us on the 8th and 9th of April for IAABC 2017, learn from experts, make new friends, and experience everything IAABC has to offer.