2019 Event

Twenty-eighth Annual Meeting  Phoenix, AZ
Friday, February 8th – Sunday February 10th

We will meet at the ASU Psychology Department 2nd Floor Library on the ASU Campus  
950 S McAllister Ave., Tempe, AZ.

Thank you to Mr. Mark Hines and the KONG Company for their generous support of IFAAB.  Please thank Mark when you see him!

PRE-CONFERENCE EXCURSION:  Dr. Lisa Gunter has arranged for a behind the scenes tour, just for IFAAB attendees of the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center  on Thursday, February 7th at 2:30pm.   We’ll tour their medical facility and then spend most of the time seeing the animals in their various enclosures.  So make your travel plans accordingly!

Please see recommendations for nearby hotels below. Discount codes will be provided on the registration page.

The Forum is limited to the first 25 registrants with acceptable abstracts. This meeting is for people who are experienced in the field, not for those wanting assistance, mentoring, or guidance to enter the field. Everyone who attends must present. Space is limited so we regret we cannot accommodate visitors and onlookers.

Dates February 8th - 10th, 2019
Registration and absstract submission deadline November 10th, 2018. Acceptance notices will be sent by December 1, 2019
Location Tempe, AZ
Hotel Registration

We recommend two hotels that are within walking distance of the ASU Campus and Psychology Library

Graduate Hotel - 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281  (480) 967-9431

The Moxy - 1333 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 968-3451

Check out each hotel's website to determine which set of amenities best fits your needs.

There is no IFAAB room block,  (because we will not be using a hotel meeting room) but discount codes for room rates will be provided on the registration page.

Area Information

Tempe AZ is part of the Phoenix metro area, and the location of Sky Harbor Airport where attendees will fly into.  Average daytime high in February is 71°F and average nighttime low is 49°F.  Average precipitation is 0.96 inches.  Bring sunscreen if you plan on sightseeing and drink plenty of water.  

Tempe Town Lake is within walking distance with paddleboards and other water craft for rent including kayaks, pedal boats, or pontoons.  Segue tours are also available.  Mill Avenue with its shops and restaurants is nearby.

Click HERE for more information about things to do in Tempe. 

Travel Information

Fly into Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix

The Moxy has an airport shuttle on request, 
Complimentary 24 Hours, 7 days a weekShuttle Phone: +1 480 968-3451

The Graduate also has a complimentary airport shuttle. Please call the front desk upon arrival

If you drive, onsite parking is available at The Moxy for $7/day.  The Graduate has limited onsite parking free of charge.

Meal Information

Breakfast and afternoon snacks will be provided.  A box lunch will be provided on Sunday.  Vegan and gluten free options will be available. 

Lunch is on your own, with many restaurants nearby in easy walking distance.  Options are also available on campus.

A social reception with possible musical entertainment is being planned for Friday night at Dr. Clive Wynne's house.

Dinner Saturday is on your own.  

Site Host

Dr. Lisa Gunter

Meeting Registration

Abstracts and Registrations must be received by November 10, 2018.

Program committee

Dr. Erica Fuerbacher will organize the program committee.  Additional members are Dr. Amanda Florsheim, Dr. Jessica Lockhart, and Dr. Melissa Shyan.

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.

Full refund if cancellation is received by January 1, 2018.  None after that date

A/V equipment available

We usually have 

    -Screen, flip chart and markers, 

    -LCD projector 

    -Projector screen

If your A/V needs are different from above, please specify in your abstract. 

Suggested Presentation Topics for Meeting

IFAAB depends less on "presentations" and more on panels and discussion. One of the early elements of IFAAB was to avoid being another conference with only talks (with pressure on time and preparation) and more open ended discussion with different people taking the role of moderator. 

We encourage more doubling-up of speakers, with 20 minuntes of presentation followed by 20 minutes for discussion for each talk.   

Please indicate in your abstract submission which category your presentation falls under:

Empirical/data-based paper
Theoretical paper
Case study
Companion animal behavior
Veterinary topic
Social policy/issue
Exotic/zoo animals