Promoting the highest standards of welfare within the Irish animal behaviour industry.

Promoting the highest standards of welfare within the Irish animal behaviour industry.

Memberships are now Open!

Join Ireland's Veterinary Behaviour Association.

There are so many benefits to joining the IVBA.
If you're passionate about the Irish animal industry and being a part of the great move towards optimal welfare for our animals, then you're going to love the IVBA!


The opportunities for education, networking and support are endless and we are now open for memberships!

Who is this for?

Whether you're an individual or an organisation, student or self employed, a trainer, groomer, farmer, veterinary professional, behaviour pro or anyone interested in animal welfare, we've several membership options for you to choose from.


You'll receive a digital welcome pack and a badge to promote your supporting membership which you can proudly display on your own digital literature. 


Membership is valid for a year and each year we'll design a new members badge for you to add to your collection! Sign up today and get membership until the end of December 2023

Membership Benefits

The IVBA will support and listen to you, as our members, to shape our priorities and activities.

We hope to encourage collaboration and provide support for our membership by:

  • Providing "closed" membership discussion groups on social media to facilitate discussion and improve awareness on events, research studies, courses, situations vacant etc. exclusively for our members
  • Introducing the "Des Thompson Award for an individual who integrates behaviour into 1st Opinion Veterinary Practice."
  • Liaison with:
    • The Irish Veterinary Nursing Association (IVNA)
    • The International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC)
    • The Irish Association of Professional Dog Trainers (IAPDT)
    • The Veterinary Council for Ireland (VCI)
    • Veterinary Ireland (VI)
    • Progressive Vet Network (PVN)
    • European College of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE)
    • European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM)
  • Facilitating CPD webinars and events to provide information and training on new research and techniques in the fields of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine & Welfare.
  • Negotiating preferential rates for our members with various organisations and service providers affiliated or associated with the field of veterinary behaviour.

Become a member

Be a part of the change!

There are countless benefits to becoming a member. For those with an occupational interest in animal welfare, we'll be announcing exciting new courses where you can earn those CEUs and CEVs, events featuring some industry experts and great discounts. not to mention access to our forum network where you can meet and discuss topics with like minded people.

Latest News

Stay ahead of the game and watch this space as we unveil events, news and educational opportunities.