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Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior
Annual Meeting - 2015

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 Photo


Friday February 27 - Sunday March 1, 2015

Registration and abstract submission deadline

October 13, 2014
Please contact Wayne Hunthausen for late registration.


Hilton Garden Inn - Fort Worth Medical Center
912 Northton Street

Fort Worth, TX 76104

Phone: (817) 744-8515         Fax: (817) 921-0799

Hotel Registration

The cut-off date for making hotel reservations at a reduced group rate is 
January 27, 2015

   Booking link for IFAAB:  

King/Two Queens: $125 plus tax

Travel information

Fly into DFW airport.

Super Shuttle will be the most cost effective way of getting to the hotel.

Directions from DFW International Airport to Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth/Medical Center:
  • Get on TX-97 Spur in Euless from International Service Rd/S Service Rd

  • Take TX-360 S to N Watson Rd in Arlington. Take the exit toward I-30/Ave H/Lamar Blvd/6 Flags Dr from TX-360 S

  • Get on I-30 W from E Lamar Blvd and Wet N Wild Way

  • Follow I-30 W to Summit Ave in Fort Worth. Take exit 13 from I-30 W

  • Take 8th Ave and W Rosedale St to Northton St

  • Turn left onto Summit Ave

  • Continue onto 8th Ave

  • Turn right onto W Rosedale St

  • Turn right onto Northton St

  • Destination will be on the right

Area information

Temperatures in FebruaryCan range from the 30’s at night to the 60’s during the day


  • Fort Worth has a downtown area with a vibrant night life all revolving around Sundance Square. http://www.sundancesquare.com/

  • For those interested in the arts, our cultural district includes the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as well as the Kimball Museum of Fine Art.

  • The historic stockyards are a very popular tourist destination 

  • All of these sites are within a few minutes’ drive of the hotel.


Animal Oriented Activities:
  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Park, an AZ  accredited wildlife park with a conservation oriented mission has achieved many firsts in the breeding of endangered species and are well worth the hour drive. You will want to spend a whole day here.
  • The Dallas Zoo is a world class zoo with a new “Giants of the Savanna” exhibit that also represents many “firsts.”
  • The Fort Worth Zoo is a mere half mile away from our hotel but is also worth a day’s visit.
  • Anyone wishing to plan an extra day’s stay in Fort Worth should contact Valarie if interested in arranging for some group tours of any of these locations.

Map of area

Meal information

Lunches and breakfasts included.

    Site Host

Valarie Tynes          pigvet@hughes.net

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 14, 2014.   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, 2014

  • 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 

Program committee

  • Pam Reid                 pam.reid@aspca.org 

  • Suzanne La Croix    lacroix@animalink.com

  • Robin Foster            rfoster@pugetsound.edu

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, 2015.  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

  • Please consider the the topics listed below when sending in your abstracts – but , of course, in keeping with  the spirit of past meetings, anything goes. 

  • Preferences will be given to 20 minute presentations. Panels can be longer.

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 players will not be available

  • To save time between presentations, we request that your PPoint presentation be on a flash drive.

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

Suggested Presentation Topics for Meeting:

Topics suggested for discussion by previous participants:

More panel presentations Panel Ideas

Shorter presentations, longer discussions.  
Discussion topics with a list of discussion questions

  • Research data, interesting cases with new ideas or twists 

  • Presentations addressing other than dogs - cats, horses, birds, pigs

  • Behavior tools, products, gadgets, equipment, resources

  • Discussion on plagiarism – what it is, what should you cite, not site, infringement of copyright, what’s fair use

  • Communication, social media

  • Roles and boundaries – how to play well with others,  delegating

  • “Certifications” – What do they mean?

  • Reaching the public about body language info

  • More research

  • Whadda ya think of this? - What’s important, what we struggle with,

  • Avalanche rescue dogs  detection dogs –presentations with videos

  • Pros and cons and exactly how one uses the various dog head halters or harnesses that are available

  • Communication with the media and/or use of social media

Previous to 2014

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

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

  • Owner interpretation vs. consultant interpretation of problems, goals

  • Ethics

  • Resources for staying current in the field

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

  • 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 social hierarchies

  • Cat training – clicker training for shy cats

  • Psychogenic alopecia

  • Making the transition from academia to small business owners

  • Medical causes of behavior problems

  • Facilitating behaviorist/veterinary/trainer/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

  • 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

  • May 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.

  •    07/24/2015 - Running late, but acceptances should be out soon. wlh
  • 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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