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Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior
Annual Meeting - 2008

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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February 29 -  March 2, 2008

Registration Deadline

October 13, 2007
Please contact Wayne Hunthausen for late registration.


New Orleans

Hotel Info


Hotel Provincial
1024 Rue Chartres
New Orleans, LA. 70116
Phone: 504 581-4995, Fax 504 581-1018
Toll Free reservations 1 800 535-7922

Be sure to ask  for the IFAAB Meeting block when making your reservation.
The cut-off date for making hotel reservations at a reduced group rate is January 27, 2008.

Site Hosts

Jim Ha 

Suzanne Hetts   suzanne@animalbehaviorassociates.com

Travel information

 Plane, taxi, feet

Area information

General Info                         Restaurants


  • 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, 2007.   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

Karen London (chair)


Alice Moon-Fanelli 


John Wright


Cancellation and refunds

  • Contact Wayne Hunthausen

  • Full refund if cancellation is received by January 15, 2008

  • None after that date


Length of presentation may be from 20 to 50 minutes
Allow 60-20% 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.


  • 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.

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 2007 participants for 2008:

  • 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 2007 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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