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Student Membership

Free every Year

Student Membership

Veterinary medical students (those seeking a DVM or equivalent degree) at U.S and international schools, colleges, or universities.

Veterinary technicians and veterinary technician students are not eligible for AVSAB membership. We recommend checking out the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians ( and the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians ( for behavior resources for technicians.

Membership is free but must be approved. Approval may take up to two weeks. You will be notified by email. If you have any questions, please email the Corresponding Secretary at

For information on the benefits of Student Membership and on Student Chapters, please see below and also the page on Student Chapters.

If you are presently a student member but just graduated with your DVM, you can upgrade your membership to take advantage of regular member benefits.

To do so, cancel your Student Membership and then purchase a Professional Membership. After purchasing, your membership will change over to the appropriate type. If you have any questions or problems, contact us at

Benefits of Student Membership:

Exclusive Blog Access

As a student member, you can log on to our site to access exclusive blog articles.

Exclusive Forum Access

As a student member, you also have the opportunity to network and exchange information with veterinarians, other veterinary students, veterinary behaviorists, and applied animal behaviorists in our online forum.

AVSAB newsletter

Student members are automatically subscribed to our newsletter and also have the opportunity to submit items, such as case reports

Discounts on Meeting Registration

As a member, you receive reduced cost of registration for the annual ACVB/AVSAB Scientific Meeting. This meeting offers you a unique educational opportunity, with cutting edge lectures and poster sessions as well as the chance to personally interact with a wide range of professionals within the field.

Award for Student Excellence in Applied Animal Behavior Research

Are you a veterinary student with an interest in animal behavior?
Would you like to dazzle your colleagues with your brilliance?
Would you like to win $$$$?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, apply for AVSAB’s Award for Student Excellence in Applied Animal Behavior Research.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $1500 and present his/her paper at the AVSAB/ACVB annual meeting. The runner-up will provide a poster and receive a $500 prize.

Recent winning topics include:

  • Beef cattle responses to noises
  • Non-aversive trailer-loading training for horses
  • Owner compliance and the treatment of aggressive dogs
  • Feline toy preferences
  • Validation of in-shelter temperament tests by correlation with post-adoption owner surveys
  • Evaluation of behavioral assessments of newly-relinquished shelter cats

Note: The research award will not be awarded in 2015 since we are moving to a new venue and format for the 2015 annual meeting. Stay tuned to this site later in the fall for updated information for 2016

Benefits of Student Chapter Membership


Each student chapter has a current AVSAB member who serves as chapter adviser.  Most advisers are faculty members at the veterinary school or local veterinarians with a strong interest in animal behavior.

Speakers’ Bureau

Student chapters of AVSAB qualify for either a $350 stipend for an in-person lecture or two $150 stipends for a webinar per calendar year presented by one of our Speakers’ Bureau members.

If your SCAVSAB is interested, please contact the AVSAB treasurer, Kari Krause, at to determine your eligibility.  The stipend is sent out after the Speakers’ Bureau talk occurs. The check will be in US funds made out to the SCAVSAB chapter.

Find a speaker here.

Student Chapter Service Award

AVSAB invites submission of applications for a Student Chapter Service Award. This award honors the student chapter that demonstrated the highest number of club meetings, educational activities, and individual involvement. The winning entry receives a check for $500 in US funds made out to the student group.  AVSAB student chapters should submit a detailed list of activities that the club and/or its members organized and attended between July 1, 2014 and August 1, 2015, including the following categories:

  • Behavior meetings that the club organized (e.g. field trips, lectures, wet labs for students and veterinarians)
  • Behavior meetings that club members attended (e.g. continuing education seminars at veterinary meetings, training seminars)
  • Community outreach and public education organized by the club or its members (e.g. volunteer activities, fund raisers, open house booth, training classes)
  • Volunteer activities of club members in the area of animal behavior (e.g. shelter programs, wildlife centers, pet visitation programs, grief counseling, open house booth, fund raisers)
  • Behavior research projects conducted by club members
  • Other relevant activities of the behavior club or its members.

The application must include the name and address of the chapter president and faculty adviser.  Send applications to: Kenneth Martin, DVM (

To Apply to become a Student Chapter of AVSAB:

If you have a behavior club at your veterinary school, apply for AVSAB student chapter membership as follows:

  1. Select an advisor who is a current AVSAB member. Advisors may be either regular or affiliate AVSAB members.
  2. Review the Student Constitution and Bylaws and download and complete the Student Chapter Membership Application and Renewal form
  3. Send an alphabetized membership list, including full names and email addresses, application and dues payment to the AVSAB Corresponding Secretary (electronic documents should be sent to
  4. Student chapters wishing to send payment online may visit directly and send dues to
  5. Direct all questions and other correspondence to Dr. Carolyn Apker at