As a veterinarian, the CCPDT understands how important it is for you to be able to refer clients to an animal behavior and training professional whom you can trust to provide the highest level of care and competence. After all, your reputation is at stake and you want your referrals to demonstrate success. Animal training and behavior modification is a science but it is not a regulated science. There is no licensing and no oversight. With the CCPDT designations, you can gain the confidence you need to choose animal behavior and training professionals for your referrals.
Begin your search for an animal behavior and training professional by looking for the CCPDT designations. Those certificants holding Knowledge Assessed (-KA) designations indicate that the animal professional has experience; references from a veterinarian, client, and colleague; and has passed a comprehensive, psychometrically sound examination. Those certificants holding Knowledge & Skills Assessed (-KSA) designations additionally indicate that this animal professional has passed an objective skills based assessment.
Have the animal behavior and training professional into your office for an interview. Are they professional in their appearance and in their marketing materials? Can they knowledgeably and clearly answer questions regarding animal training, animal behavior and their training methods? Do you feel comfortable with them personally and professionally? Our designations give you the assurance that the professional has the knowledge necessary to train animals, teach others to train their animals, and modify complex animal behavior issues. Your interview can tell you whether they present the professionalism and interpersonal skills to meet your high standards!