The Australian Veterinary Behaviour Interest Group (AVBIG) aims to improve human and animal welfare by increasing the understanding of animal behaviour and its significance in veterinary science.

Far from being a small niche of veterinary medicine, behavioural problems remain a leading cause of euthanasia in young pets and most consultations seen by a general practitioner have a behavioural component to them.

A greater understanding of behavioural medicine will lead to improved animal welfare and strengthening of the human-animal bond.

Become a member

You must be a member of the Australian Veterinary Association to join. Join online or contact AVA national office on 1300 137 309.

AVBIG member benefits include:

  • up-to-date information on the latest developments in the field of veterinary behavioural medicine
  • A hardcopy subscription to the Journal of Veterinary Behaviour: Clinical Applications and Research, the only peer-reviewed journal that focuses entirely on veterinary behavioural medicine (six issues a year)
  • quarterly eNewsletter
  • access to the AVBIG discussion group, which provides practical and professional support
  • discounts to attend AVBIG events
  • opportunity to contribute to submissions made to government departments and other organisations on behaviour issues, such as companion animal legislation and dog training methods.

Contact AVBIG

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For more information on animal behaviour visit the Vet Ed library.









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