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Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior
Annual Meeting - 2010

The Forum will be limited to the first 25 people who submit an approved abstract. This meeting is for people who are experienced in the field, not for those wanting assistance entering the field. Everyone who attends must present.  Space is available only for presenters, so we regret we cannot accommodate visitors and onlookers

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committee & moderator

Program Schedule


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  IFAAB 2010 will be held at William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA Friday July 23rd –  Monday 26th .  Sunday, July 25th , we will join with members of the Animal Behavior Society in celebrating their opening “barbecue” for the ABS meeting (July 25th – July 29th).  Monday will be the Applied Poster Day for both IFAAB and ABS.  Submission of abstracts for will begin January 1st, 2010 and end April 1st (no foolin’, the deadline).  Invitations to attend IFFAB will be extended on or about December 1st, 2009.  More specific information on the meeting with be forthcoming.  Direct any questions to John Wright (     


Friday July 23rd –  Monday 26th


William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA

Sunday, July 25th , we will join with members of the Animal Behavior Society in celebrating their opening “barbecue” for the ABS meeting (July 25th – July 29th). 

Monday will be the Applied Poster Day for both IFAAB and ABS. 

Hotel Info


To Be Determined

The cut-off date for making hotel reservations at a reduced group rate is to be determined.

Site Host

Meal information  


Travel information


Area information



  • The registration fee covers lunches and organizing expenses.

  • Mail your registration form and a check payable to IFAAB for $85.00 (US funds) to Wayne Hunthausen.

  • One to three abstracts must be submitted in the body of an email (see below) to Wayne Hunthausen by October 13, 2009.   Please do not send as an attachment.

  • Registrations will not be accepted without an emailed abstract.

    Wayne Hunthausen
    4820 Rainbow Blvd
    Westwood, KS 66205    913.362.2512 

Registration Deadline

October 13, 2009
Please contact Wayne Hunthausen for late registration

Program committee

Cancellation and refunds

  • If you know you will need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible. so someone on the waiting list can be contacted.

  • Contact Wayne Hunthausen

  • Full refund if cancellation is received by January 15, 2010.  None after that date


Length of presentation may be from 20 to 50 minutes.  Allow 20-60% of your time for group discussion.  Present enough information to trigger a stimulating discussion.

Please bring your PowerPoint presentation and videos on a flash drive,

 Suggested presentations formats:

  • Practical applications

  • Interesting case histories for discussion (videos encouraged)   Case report guidelines

  • Panel discussion:  2 to 3 panel participants give a short introduction to topic and then open the discussion to the group

  • Research presentations 

Be sure to send a/v requirements  and estimated time of presentation with your registration.


  • To attend, the submitted abstract/topic must be accepted by the program committee.  Acceptance of abstracts will be competitive and dependant on content.  The program committee will determine whether to accept, accept with minor revisions or reject an abstract that is submitted.

  • The program committee will evaluate all submissions and notify the participants by email once they are accepted.

  • Each attendee must either give a presentation on a topic, lead a discussion, or participate on a panel.

  • The topics must be related to the field of applied animal behavior, and relevant to behavior consultants.  

  • Abstracts should be 75-300 words, have a title, be concise and in a form ready to be posted on the IFAAB website. 

  • They need not be detailed, but should contain enough information so that other attendees will have a general idea of the information that will be presented. 

  • They must be sent in the body of an email, not as an attachment. 

  • Be sure to send a/v requirements and estimated time of presentation with your abstract

A/V equipment available

  • LCD projector 

  • Flip chart and  markers

  • Please note that videos must be digital (CD, DVD, Flash drive or on computer).  VHS projectors will not be available

  • To save time between presentations, we request that your PPoint presentation be on a flash drive.  Please read for more information.

If you need anything else be sure to contact the site host

Suggested Presentation Topics for Meeting:

Topics suggested from 2008 participants for 2009:

  • General:  More practical information to share, more panels, more case studies

  • New gadgets – lunch show and tell

  • Business topics – insurance, marketing, strategies for obtaining referrals, turning phone calls into appointments

  • Networking with trainers

  • Owner interpretation vs. consultant interpretation of problems, goals

  • Ethics

  • Avian and other species. topics

  • Resources for staying current in the field

Topics suggested from previous years:

  • Observing owners, human-animal bond – how do we address, increase healthy human-pet relationship

  • Prevention, wellness

  • Animal learning or ethological theory as they relate to the diagnosis or treatment of behavior problems

  • How to deal with/assess people

  • Behavioral pharmacology

  • Cat topics

  • Cat social hierarchies

  • Cat training – clicker training for shy cats

  • Psychogenic alopecia

  • Making the transition from academia to small business owners

  • Horse behavior

  • Medical causes of behavior problems

  • Facilitating behaviorist/veterinary/breeder/shelter relationships

  • Preventive behavior care – such as socialization programs, and more

  • Community education

  • 1/2 day of case studies - primarily unusual, difficult, new techniques, NOT run of the mill stuff

  • Learning theory

  • Social psychologist  to discuss attraction theory

  • New and interesting treatment procedures

  • Unhealthy pet-person relationships

  • Fearful behavior, phobias, fear aggression

  • Comparative communication systems

  • Systematic approach to different treatment techniques

  • What we do on first contact by phone – what do you say, what do you make sure you say (A good topic for a panel - Whoever presents on this topic might contact folks ahead of time and gather data about commonalties that could be part of the presentation)

Tentative Time-Frame For The 2009 MEETING 

  • April 1 - Site determined

  • April 15 - Site info forwarded from site host  to John Wright for registration brochure and W Hunthausen for website

  • July 1 - Registration information postcards and email sent

  • Oct 13 - Registration deadline 

  • Oct 14- 22 - Abstracts sent by email to the program committee.

  • Oct 22 - Program committee begins to evaluate abstracts.

  • Nov 11 - Applicants notified by email that their applications are complete.

  • Nov 12 - Committee begins to design a tentative program. The committee communicates with applicants for which there are questions to work out acceptable abstracts.

  • Nov 15 - Program committee finalizes program

  • Nov 20 - Final approval of program.

  • Nov 25 - Applicants notified that their abstracts (and which ones) have been accepted.

  • Dec 12 - Program committee sends final  program  with a list of equipment requirements to W Hunthausen for posting on website.
























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