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Animal Behavior Specialist
10/26/2018 2:20:57 PM
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Animal Behavior Specialist assesses behavioral status, identifies potentially dangerous behaviors, and makes behavioral recommendations for animals in one or more of the following competency areas during and after disasters: 1. Companion animals, including pets, service animals, and assistance animals 2. Livestock, including food or fiber animals and domesticated equine species 3. Wildlife animals, captive wildlife, and zoo animals 4. Laboratory animals
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The Animal Behavior Specialist: 1. Triages animals to determine behavioral status 2. Classifies animals by behavioral status to determine the appropriate type of Animal Care and Handling Specialist or other staff to assign to handle them 3. Identifies potentially dangerous behaviors that could put the animal, the handler, or other people or animals at risk 4. Designs and coordinates animal enrichment and socialization programs 5. Develops and implements treatment plans to address animal behavioral issues for stray, abandoned, unattended, or relinquished animals 6. Consults on appropriate post-disaster animal disposition
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. Animal training, animal behavior training, or equivalent training
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Extensive knowledge of species-typical and captive behavior of the animal populations represented 2. General understanding of animal welfare principles and processes 3. Extensive knowledge of animal training, motivation, and behavior modification principles 4. Practical experience working with the animal populations represented Experience: Three years of experience in applied animal behavior or animal training
Physical/Medical FitnessPPE is mission specific and may vary by work environment; it includes protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposure, eye and ear protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Performs duties under moderate circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods of time 2. Is able to work while wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 3. Keeps immunizations up to date and commensurate with mission
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Routinely practices in a facility or field setting commensurate with the mission
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Possesses one of the following certifications, or an equivalent: 1. Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (AVBT) certification 2. American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB)-recognized certification 3. Animal Behavior Society: Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) 4. Animal Behavior Society: Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) 5. Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) certification 6. International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) certification
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
The position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days
Requestor specifies competency areas necessary based on the animal population the position will serve
American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB), Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist
Animal Behavior Society, Certification Requirements and Application
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), Dog Trainer Certification
CCPDT, Behavior Consultant Certification
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)