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What is the difference between a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) and a Veterinary Behaviourist (VB)?

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An Animal Behaviourist is a pet professional who identifies the underlying emotion for your pet's behaviour and helps both the pet and owner to feel more confident around whatever trigger it may be. Often, this is likened to mental health professionals in humans, whereby a professional will help you to work through your emotional response to various triggers, an animal behaviourist provides a similar service for your pet.


Both a Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) and Veterinary Behaviourist (VB) will have received training regarding how to support you and your pet.


The key difference between a CAB and VB is the medical element. While CABs and VBs often have similar or identical behavioural training, VBs are also registered veterinary surgeons.


While a VB can diagnose medical conditions and discuss potential medical treatments (such as behavioural medications), by law this is not something a CAB can do. What a CAB can do is look at various behavioural manifestations of medical conditions and liaise with your pets GP veterinarian on this.


Will the service be different if I see a CAB vs VB?

Within the London Vet Behaviour Clinic, there is no difference in the service you will receive if you see a CAB vs a VB. If you book an appointment with a CAB, the VB in our team will still be in charge of your pets medical care, and will visit you separately to assess your pet.


If the CAB has any medical concerns regarding your pet, they will flag these to both your pet’s primary veterinarian and the VB. 

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