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Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior
Seventeenth Annual Meeting - 2013

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 limited so we regret we cannot accommodate visitors and onlookers

Guidelines for site host, program
committee & moderator

Program Schedule


Group Picture


Friday March1 through Sunday March 3rd

Registration Deadline

October 13, 2012
Please contact Wayne Hunthausen for late registration.


The Bahia Hotel

998 West Mission Bay Drive

San Diego CA 92109


FAQ        Map

Complimentary high speed internet access in guest rooms.
Pets welcome.  $75 nonrefundable fee.



I believe pets will be allowed to stay at the hotel.  
Be sure to check with Bahia regarding fees, deposits, etc. especially if you are bringing your own monkey with crayons (Mac users please bring a monkey-Mac adapter).

Hotel Registration

 Reservations Toll-Free Numbers
Within U.S.A. 800-576-4229
Canada 800-233-8172
FAX 858-488-1387
Mention that you are registering for the IFAAB meeting.

Register online for IFAAB attendees:

Check in Time: 4:00 P.M. Check-out Time: 12:00 Noon.  Room blocks are guaranteed until January 20, 2013. Registration after this date will provided on space available at prevailing rates.  Conference rates will be good for 3 days pre and 3 days after the meeting.

Area information

San Diego Activities Near Mission Bay Hotel

Travel information

  • The Bahia Hotel is approximately 10 miles or 15 minutes from the San Diego International Airport at Lindbergh Field.

  • The Bahia Hotel uses Cloud 9 Shuttle. The cost is $13.00 per person each way.  1-800-9-SHUTTLE or 1-800-974-8885.

  •  Reservations are only needed when leaving the hotel for the airport.

  • Taxi it about $25 each way

  • Parking - complimentary if staying at the hotel.  For conference attendees not staying at the Hotel, public parking can be found on Gleason Road adjacent to the hotel.


Meal information

Breakfast and lunches included with registration

    Site Host

    Petra Mertens     petra.mertens@me.com

Meeting Registration

  • The registration fee covers catering, meeting room, AV and organizing expenses.

  • Mail your registration form and a check payable to IFAAB for $90.00 (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, 2012.   Please do not send as an attachment.

  • Registrations will not be accepted without an emailed abstract.

  • Acceptance of abstracts will be competitive and dependent on content. 

  • Acceptance/rejection notification will be by email prior to November 1, 2012

  • Please consider carefully your commitment to attending when you submit your abstract.  Late cancellations have financial consequences if we cannot meet our room quota and may not give those on the waiting list sufficient time to make travel plans and take advantage of discounted room rates. Thanks!


    Wayne Hunthausen
    4820 Rainbow Blvd
    Westwood, KS 66205    913.362.2512 

Registration and abstract submission deadline

October 1, 2012
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 1, 2013.  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 for discussion by previous participants:

  • 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

  • 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 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 and abstract submission deadline 

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

  • Oct 22 - Program committee begins to evaluate abstracts.

  • Nov 1 - Applicants notified by email that their applications are complete.

  • Nov 2 - 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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