A veterinary behaviorist has a DVM, did at least one year in practice or an internship, did a residency (normally 3 years; as an exception, if they have a strong background in behavior it may only be 2 years), published a research paper in behavior, submitted case reports that passed a peer review, and passed a board exam. They also have to be a member in good standing of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
A Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist has a PhD in a behavior-related field, has a specified number of academic credits in various fields related to behavior, has submitted case reports that passed a review, is a member in good standing of the Animal Behavior Society, and abides by a code of ethics.
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior is a society of veterinarians (also has non-veterinary associate members) who are interested in animal behavior. Membership in that society is not a qualification. Many of the members do behavior counselling.
The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians is a society of veterinary technicians interested in behavior. Membership is not a qualification. The society works towards establishing an academy of veterinary behavior technician specialists.
The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants promotes professionalism and continuing education in the field of animal behavior consulting. Their goal is to standardize and support the practice of animal behavior consulting. To provide quality, evidence-based education, peer and supervising mentoring, and to provide resources for pet owners needing advice. If you plan to enlist IAABC’s help, please note that there are four tiers of membership: Supporting, Affiliate, Associate Certified and Certified. Not all of the membership tiers are considered a qualification.