2020 Event

Savannah 2020!

Join us for the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA!

Friday, February 27th – Sunday, March 1st 2020

Forum venue is the conference room of the Alida Hotel.

The Forum is limited to the first 30 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.

Space is limited so we regret we cannot accommodate visitors and onlookers. However, we do want to encourage attendance and participation of our experienced peers.

This year, we are holding open five non-presenting registration slots for IFAAB members that have contributed actively to the Forum in the past. Please contact us for additional information.


Register Here

Submit Abstract Here


Dates February 27- March 1 2020
Registration and absstract submission deadline November 10, 2019
Location Savannah Georgia
Hotel Registration

The Forum takes place at The Alida Hotel – 412 Williamson Street, Savannah, GA 31401

We have reserved a room block for IFAAB attendees with a special rate of $189 + tax for a King or Double King room:

Book at the Alida with IFAAB Group Rate Here

If you would like to share a room please indicate your preferred roommate on the registration form. 

Area Information

The IFAAB venue is located a block from the Savannah River, in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District.

Shopping, food, art, museums, historic sites, parks and more are in walking distance of the venue. See Historic District Highlights for more.

Average temps for late February/ early March are ca. 70 F for the daily high and ca. 45 F for the nightly low. 

The website Visit Savannah has a list of local events, things to do, and general information.

Travel Information

Fly into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

Taxi or ride-share to the hotel.

If you drive, we have discounted valet parking at The Alida for $25/day.

Meal Information

Breakfast and a box lunch will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.

Complimentary water, fruit, & snacks are provided throughout the day.

Complimentary coffee & espresso from 6:30am - 10:30am daily.

Dinner is on your own. 

We will host a drink reception on Saturday night.

Site Host

Dr. Erica Feuerbacher is acting as the site host.

Meeting Registration

Abstracts and Registrations must be received by November 10, 2019

Program committee

Dr. Crista Coppola will organize the program committee.


Cancellation and refunds

If you know you 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, 2020. None after that date.


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.   


Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted by December 10, 2019

A/V equipment available

We usually have an LCD project and projector screen.

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

Suggested Presentation Topics for Meeting

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