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Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior
Tenth Annual Meeting - 2006

The Forum will be limited to the first 25 people who submit an acceptable abstract. This meeting is for people who are experienced in the field, not for those wanting assistance entering the field.

Guidelines for site host, program committee & moderator

Program Schedule


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March 3 - 5, 2006
9am Friday through about 5 pm on Sunday

Registration Deadline

October 13, 2005
Please contact Dr. Hunthausen for late registration.


Las Vegas

Riviera Hotel and Casino

Hotel Info


2901 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109


Room Rate: $103.50 plus 9% tax
Room reservations:  800-634-6753
Be sure to request group rate for IFAAB
You will need to request type of bed and smoking or non at time of reservation.
Need to make reservations by Feb 1st

Click here for Features and Amenities of the Riviera

Site Host

Crista L. Coppola

Travel information


Located on the Las Vegas Boulevard

Shuttle Service: 
Shuttle service to and from the airport available for a fee from an outside company.

Transportation info

Area information

Map of Las Vegas, NV
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  • The registration fee covers lunches and organizing expenses.

  • Mail your registration form and a check payable to IFAAB for $75.00 (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, 2005.   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 

Program committee

Pam Reid


Alice Moon-Fanelli


Kim Barry


Dan Estep


Cancellation and refunds

  • Contact Wayne Hunthausen

  • Full refund if cancellation is received by January 15, 2006

  • None after that date


  • 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

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

Guidelines For Presentations

Length of presentation may be from 20 to 50 minutes
 Suggested presentations formats:

  • Practical applications

  • Interesting case histories for discussion (videos encouraged)  

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

  • Research presentations 

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

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

A/V equipment available

  • LCD projector

  • Flip chart and  markers

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

Suggested Presentation Topics for Meeting:

Topics suggested from 2005 participants for 2006:

  • Cat social hierarchies

  • Psychogenic alopecia

  • Psychopharmacology

  • Making the transition from academia to small business owners

  • Legal aspects of the consulting business liabilities, etc.

  • Horse behavior

  • Basic ethology

  • Medical causes of behavior problems

  • Owner compliance issues

  • Pitching to the press

  • Facilitating behaviorist/veterinary/breeder/shelter relationships

  • New Devices

  • Doggie day care evaluations, uses of, etc.

  • Children - expectations in problem resolution

  • Preventive behavior care such as socialization programs, and more

  • Community education

Topics suggested from previous years:

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

  • Learning theory

  • Business (how to increase referrals, marketing, liability, etc)

  • Children - how to manage them during a consultation, how to communicate with them and ask questions during behavioral history taking, how to communicate their role in treatment

  • Cat topics

  • 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)

Summary Of The Activities And Tentative Time-Frame For The 2005 MEETING 

  • April 1 - Site determined

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

  • August 1 - Registration information postcards mailed

  • 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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