Bylaws

Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians Constitution

Article I – Name

This organization shall be known as the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (AVBT) hereinafter referred to as the “The Academy”.

Article II – Incorporation

Section 1. The Academy shall be incorporated as a not-for-profit organization organized exclusively for educational purposes, within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code).

  1. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Academy shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation/organization exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code) or (b) by a corporation /organization, contributions to which are deductible under, Section 17O(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section at any future Federal Tax Code).
  2. No substantial part of the activities of the Academy shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Academy shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Section 2. No part of the net earnings of the Academy shall insure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, officers, or other private persons, except that the Academy shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of Section 50l(c) (3) purposes.

Section 3. The term for which the Academy is organized shall be perpetual. However, if dissolution of the Academy should occur its property shall be distributed evenly between the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (SVBT) and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

However, if the named recipient(s) is not then in existence, no longer a qualified distributee, or is unwilling or unable to accept the distribution, then the assets of the Academy shall be distributed to a Veterinary Technician and / or animal welfare fund, foundation, or corporation organized and operated exclusively for the purposes specified in section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code).

Article III – Statement of Purpose

Section 1. Mission Statement

The Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians (AVBT) exists to promote excellence in the discipline of veterinary behavior medicine. The AVBT will provide a process by which veterinary technicians may become certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in the field of behavior. The veterinary technician who becomes certified as a VTS (Behavior) will demonstrate superior knowledge in scientifically – and humanely – based techniques of behavior health, problem prevention, training, management, and behavior modification. The AVBT will advance the skills of veterinary technicians within the discipline of animal behavior and further their recognition as critical components of the veterinary behavior team in creating, maintaining, and strengthening the human-animal bond.

Section 2. Objectives

  1. Promote advancement and high standards of practice for those accredited veterinary technicians involved in animal behavior.
  2. Establish education and experience prerequisites leading to certification in the veterinary technician specialty of animal behavior.
  3. Examine and certify veterinary technicians as specialized team members in animal behavior.
  4. Encourage research and other contributions to knowledge relating to animal behavior.
  5. Promote continuing education and dissemination of knowledge relating to animal behavior.

Article IV – Membership

Section 1. The members of the Academy shall be known as “Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) (Behavior)”.

Section 2. VTS (Behavior) shall be further classified as one of the following:

  1. Charter VTS (Behavior): Veterinary Technicians having achieved distinction in the field of animal behavior and having qualifications far exceeding those proposed as necessary for candidates desiring to take the certifying exam.
  2. VTS (Behavior): A veterinary technician of high ethical and moral character who has fulfilled the requirements for certification as set forth in the Bylaws of the Academy.
  3. Hereinafter Charter VTS (Behavior) and VTS (Behavior) will be referred to as VTS (Behavior).
  4. Honorary VTS (Behavior): A person who has made substantial contributions to the development and progress of animal behavior. Honorary members shall have all rights and privileges of members except the right vote and hold office.

Article V – Organization / Administration

Section 1. The Council of Regents (hereafter referred to as the Regents) shall be the executive body of the Academy and shall consider first all business and policies pertaining to the affairs of the Academy. The Regents will consist of the elected officers (President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Member at Large), the President and the Past-President.

Section 2. The Regents will consist of President-Elect, President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large and shall be appointed by the organizing committee of the Academy.

Section 3. Following provisional recognition, the Regents will be elected by the Charter VTS (Behavior).

Article VI – Officers

Section 1. The elected officers of the Academy shall be the President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large. The President and the Past-President are non-elected officers. These officers shall be voting members of the Regents.

Section 2. The President-Elect shall automatically become President at the termination of their predecessor’s term of office. The President shall automatically become Past-President at the termination of their term as president.

Section 3. Election of President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large shall take place biennially (every two years) by mail or secure electronic ballot prior to the business meeting of the Academy. The officers shall begin their term of office immediately following completion of the business meeting in the year elections are held.

Article VII – Committees

Section 1. This organization shall have the following standing committees: Nominating, Credentials Approval, Examination, Re-certification, Continuing Education, and Financial Affairs Committees. Additional committees may be appointed by the President.

Section 2. The President shall appoint the chairperson and members of all committees at the President’s discretion.

Article VIII – Amendments

Section 1. Proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be submitted to the Regents for review ninety (90) days before a scheduled meeting of the Academy, the distribution of a mail ballot, or secure electronic ballet to the membership. Proposed amendments shall be distributed to the entire membership with a recommendation by the Regents at least thirty (30) days prior to a voice vote, the distribution of a mail, or secure electronic ballot.

Section 2. An affirmative vote shall require that at least half (½) of the members in good standing vote, and at least three quarters (3/4) of the members voting approve the proposal.

 

Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians Bylaws

Article I – Membership

Section 1. The Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians shall be composed of Veterinary Technicians who have achieved distinction in the field of animal behavior, have demonstrated high ethical and moral character, and have fulfilled the requirements for and successfully passed the certification examination as set forth in the Bylaws of the Academy.

Article II – Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Academy shall be President-Elect, President, Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member at Large, and Parliamentarian.

Section 2. The term of office is two years.

Section 3. The election of officers shall be held biennially (every other year) at the annual general meeting of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

Article III – Duties of Officers

Section 1. The President shall:

  1. Preside over all meetings of the Academy and the Regents.
  2. Administer the affairs of the organization according to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and the policies enunciated by the Regents.
  3. Coordinate the activities of all the Academy’s Committees.
  4. Attend and present a report of the activities of the office at the biannually (twice yearly) meeting of the Regents and at such other times as determined by the Regents.
  5. Attend the annual (once yearly) general meeting and present a report of the activities of the office for the Academy.

Section 2. The President-Elect shall:

  1. Automatically become President at the termination of the predecessor’s term of office.
  2. Assume the responsibilities of the President if the President is unable to perform the duties of the office.
  3. Be an ex officio member of the Examination Committee.
  4. Serve as chairperson of the Continuing Education Committee.
  5. Attend and present a report of the activities of the office at the biannually (twice yearly) meeting of the Regents and at such other times as determined by the Regents.
  6. Attend the annual (once yearly) general meeting and present a report of the activities of the office for the Academy.

Section 3. The Past-President is the retiring President. In case the President and President-Elect simultaneously are unable to perform the duties of President, the Past-President shall:

  1. Serve as acting President until the next regularly scheduled election or until either the President or President-Elect are able to resume the duties of President.
  2. Chair the examination committee.
  3. Attend and present a report of the activities of the office at the biannually (twice yearly) meeting of the Regents and at such other times as determined by the Regents.
  4. Attend the annual (once yearly) general meeting and present a report of the activities of the office for the Academy.

Section 4. Secretary shall:

  1. Maintain the general records of the organization and file all required reports pertaining thereto
  2. Attend all meetings of the Academy and the Regents and all meetings of the Credentials Approval Committee unless specified otherwise by the President.
  3. Record and keep all original notes, minutes, and records of all official meetings and sessions until the Regents approve their disposal.
  4. Maintain archival copies of all publications, documents, and other records of the Academy.
  5. Conduct mail ballots or electronic ballots when required.
  6. Coordinate correspondence and proposals regarding training programs and process applications for VTS (Behavior) Certification Examination.
  7. Handle all correspondence on behalf of the Academy.
  8. Attend and present a report of the activities of the office at the biannually (twice yearly) meeting of the Regents and at such other times as determined by the Regents.
  9. Attend the annual (once yearly) general meeting and present a report of the activities of the office for the Academy.
  10. In case the Secretary is unable to perform their duties, the vacancy of will be filled by the Regents until the next regular election.

Section 5. Treasurer shall:

  1. Maintain the financial records of the organization and prepare them for audit annually or when requested.
  2. Be the custodian of all assets of the Academy.
  3. Pay all expenses of the Academy as directed by the Executive Secretary or the Regents.
  4. Submit complete bank statements to Board of Regents at least once each quarter.
  5. Maintain a file of all vouchers and invoices accompanying them for a period of not less than five years.
  6. Deposit all monies in the name of the Academy in a federally insured bank approved by the Regents.
  7. Serve as Chairperson of the Financial Affairs committee.
  8. Serve as member of the Continuing Education Committee.
  9. Carry out other duties as determined by the Regents.
  10. Turn over all funds, properties, and records to their successor.
  11. Attend and present a report of the financial status of the Academy at each biannual (twice yearly) meeting of the Regents and act at such other times as determined by the Regents.
  12. Attend and present a report of the financial status of the Academy at the annual (once yearly) general meeting.
  13. In case the Treasurer is unable to perform their duties, the vacancy will be filled by the Regents until the next regular election.

Section 6. Member at Large shall:

  1. Attend and present a report of the activities of the office for the Academy at each biannual (twice yearly) meeting of the Regents and act at such other times as determined by the Regents.
  2. Attend the annual (once yearly) general meeting and present a report of the activities of the office for the Academy.
  3. In case the Member at Large is unable to perform their duties, the vacancy will be filled by the Regents until the next regular election.

Section 7. Parliamentarian is appointed by current president and shall:

  1. Provide guidance and assist board members in complying with all by-law protocols
  2. Although a member of the board, the Parliamentarian will have no voting privileges.
  3. In case the Parliamentarian is unable to perform their duties, the vacancy will be filled by the Regents until the next regular election.

Section 8. The terms of office:

  1. Of the President-Elect, President, Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member at Large shall be two years. The term of office begins at the close of the Academy general meeting in the year that elections are held.

Article IV – Committees

Section 1. Council of Regents

  1. The management and control of the business and professional affairs of the Academy shall be vested in the Regents.
    1. The Regents or its designated committees shall receive and consider for approval all applications, provide for the conduct of an examination, and issue appropriate certificates to those who successfully pass the examination and are approved for membership by the Regents.
    2. It shall consider and act upon: charges against members for alleged offenses against the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, charges of unprofessional conduct, and expulsion of members.
    3. The Regents shall select the time and place of all meetings, determine the amount of the initiation, ancillary fees and dues, and generally govern the membership of the Academy.
    4. It shall direct the management of funds held by the Academy.
  2. The Regents shall consist of the President-Elect, President, Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and one Member at Large elected by the Academy.
  3. Vacancies between elections occurring on the Regents shall be filled by appointment by the Regents, unless otherwise stated in the constitution. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold the office until the expiration of the term in which the vacancy occurred.
  4. One (1) of the biannual (twice yearly) meetings of the Regents shall be held immediately preceding to the time and at the location designated for the annual business meeting of the Academy. Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or at the written request of not less than four (4) members of the Regents.
  5. Not less than five (5) days notice of the time and place of any special meeting (including teleconferences) and not less than thirty (30) days notice of the time and place of the regular meeting shall be given by mail, e-mail, or FAX. The notice will be addressed to each Regent at their residence or place of business, as it shall appear in the official records of the Academy.
  6. Five (5) voting members of the Regents present in person or on a telephone conference call shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business that may come before the meeting.

Section 2. Committees

  1. This organization shall have the following committees: Nominating, Credential Approval, Examination, Re-certification, Continuing Education, and Financial Affairs. Additional committees may be specified by the President and approved by the Regents, as deemed necessary.
  2. Standing and ad hoc committee members and chairpersons shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Regents. Terms of committee members shall overlap. Committees shall be composed of a chairperson and a minimum of two members of the Academy. They shall be initially appointed for one year (one member), two years (one member), and respectively thereafter, terms will be for a two-year period.
  3. The following shall apply to all committees unless otherwise explicitly stated:
    1. A senior Regent on the Committee will be the Chairperson unless otherwise designated. A senior Regent is a person with the most number of years experience on the committee.
    2. If a committee member is unable to fulfill his or her term, a replacement shall be appointed by the President to fulfill the un-expired term.

Section 3. Nominating Committee

  1. The committee shall be appointed not less than six (6) months prior to the election date.
  2. The duties of this committee shall be:
    1. Present a slate of officers composed of VTS (Behavior) of the Academy prior to the election as specified in Article VI, Section 2 of the Bylaws.
    2. At least one qualified member for each position shall be presented by the Committee.

Section 4. Credentials Approval Committee

  1. The duties of this committee shall:
    1. Provide through the Secretary of the Academy information and application forms to prospective applicants.
    2. Evaluate and certify eligibility of applicants requesting examination by the Academy.
    3. Forward approved applications to the President.
    4. Notify the President of applicants who are not deemed eligible for examination and delineate the areas of deficiency.
    5. Participate in developing and establishing training and/or internship program criteria to ensure standardization of training requirements. Provide this information through the Secretary to all prospective candidates and institutions requesting such.
    6. Provide guidance and support to training and/or internship program directors according to the standards and procedure adopted by the Academy.

Section 5. Examination Committee

The President-Elect shall be an ex officio member of this committee.

  1. The duties of this committee shall be:
    1. Preparation, administration, and grading of the examination. The passing score will be established by the Examination Committee with approval by the Regents. The method of establishing the passing scores will also be approved by the Regents.
    2. Inform prospective examinees about the content of the upcoming examination.
    3. Report to the President results of such examinations and make recommendations based on the proposed passing point.
    4. At least one (1) member of this committee will monitor and proctor the written examinations as designated by the chairperson.
    5. Administer an oral examination if required. The oral examination will be conducted by at least three (3) members of the committee as designated by the chairperson.
    6. Provide written summary of deficiencies in a letter of clarification through the Regents to individuals requesting that information following failure to pass examination.

Section 6. Re-certification Committee

  1. The duties of this committee shall be:
    1. Determine the distribution of sixty (60) CE units used to satisfy the re-certification process, with approval by the Regents.
    2. Evaluate applications and CE units for re-certification. Successful completion of the 60 CE units will result in re-certification for another five year period. Final approval for re-certification status must be granted by the Regents.

Section 7. Continuing Education Committee

  1. Composed of the President-Elect, Treasurer, and a minimum of two (2) members of the Academy. Tenure for the President-Elect and Treasurer will be two (2) years with the President-Elect serving as Chairperson.
  2. The duties of the Committee shall be:
    1. Coordinate all continuing education, publication, and research endeavors of the Academy.
    2. Provide support to and coordinate efforts with SVBT in publication of the Behavior Perspective and other veterinary journals.
    3. Plan, organize, select speakers and conduct continuing education meetings of the Academy.
    4. Oversee and insure the timely publication of all proceedings generated from Academy educational programs.

Section 8. Financial Affairs Committee

  1. The Treasurer shall be Chairperson of this committee.
  2. The duties of this committee shall be:
    1. Prepare an annual budget and submit it to the Regents for review and approval.
    2. Advise the Regents on dues, fees, expenditures, speaker honorariums, continuing education cost, and other fiscal matters of the Academy.

Article V – Dues, fees, fiscal matters

Section 1. Dues

  1. The dues for members of the Academy shall be established by the Regents and reviewed as needed.
    1. Dues become payable on January 1st of each calendar year. Dues are delinquent March 1st and if not paid by May 1st active membership in the Academy will be terminated, but only after notification of members in question by registered mail, return receipt requested.
    2. Reactivation of membership may be completed by petition through the Secretary with payment of all delinquent dues plus fifty percent (50%).

Section 2. Exam Application Fee

  1. The VTS (Behavior) certifying examination fee will be set by the Regents annually for all eligible candidates qualifying for the examination each year.
  2. Fees will not be refunded.

Section 3. Annual Operating Budget

  1. The Regents shall approve the annual operating budget for the Academy upon recommendations by the Financial Affairs Committee.

Section 4. Fiscal Year

  1. The fiscal year of the Academy shall be from January 1 to December 31.

Article VI – Conduct of Business

Section 1. Annual Meeting

  1. The Academy shall meet annually at a site selected by the Regents for the purpose of conducting and reviewing the business of the Academy. Additional meetings of the Academy shall be held if requested by the Regents. Written notice to all VTS (Behavior) members shall precede the meeting date by at least thirty (30) days. The conduct of all meetings shall follow the procedures set forth in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order when applicable as long as they are consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Academy.
  2. VTS (Behavior) who are current in good standing are eligible to attend business meetings of the Academy and vote.
  3. A quorum for meetings of the Academy shall consist of one third (1/3) of the VTS (Behavior) members eligible to vote.

Section 2. Election of Officers

  1. Election of officers shall take place annually by mail or electronic ballot at least thirty (30) days prior to the business meeting of the Academy.
  2. A proposed slate of officers shall be presented by the Nominating Committee to the Regents at least ninety (90) days prior to the annual business meeting. Recommendations for additional nominations will be solicited from the membership by the Nominating Committee.
  3. Election shall be made by anonymous ballot. A simple majority of votes shall be necessary to elect. If on any ballot of more than two (2) candidates, simple majority of the votes is not attained the candidate receiving the smallest number of votes shall be eliminated and the voting shall proceed. A tie vote with two (2) candidates shall be decided by the President casting the tie breaking vote.

Section 3. Reports

  1. Annual reports shall be submitted to CVTS by December 15 of each year while under provisional recognition.
  2. Annual reports shall be submitted to ACVB 60 days before their annual meeting.
  3. Biennial reports containing Academy status and activities will be submitted to CVTS by December 15 every other year upon receiving full recognition.
  4. A five (5) year in depth report shall be submitted to CVTS as required by CVTS.
  5. After the Academy has been recognized as a specialty organization for five (5) years the interval for the in depth reports increases to every ten (10) years.

Article VI – Amendments

Section 1. Proposed Amendments to the Bylaws

  1. Proposed amendments shall be submitted to the Regents for study ninety (90) days before a scheduled meeting of the Academy or the distribution of a mail ballot to the membership.
  2. Proposed amendments shall be distributed to the entire membership with a recommendation by the Regents at least thirty (30) days prior to counting of mail ballot, electronic ballots, or a voice vote of the VTS (Behavior) membership.
  3. An affirmative vote shall require that at least one third (1/3) of the members in good standing vote and at least three quarters (3/4) of the members voting approve the proposal.
  4. All changes in the Constitution and Bylaws shall be included in the CVTS annual report.

Article VII – Examination, Certification and Recertification

Section 1. Credential Requirements

  1. Credential Requirements dictate that each applicant, before he or she is declared eligible for examination, must:
    1. Be a graduate of an AVMA approved Veterinary Technician program and/or credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technician in some State or Province of the United States, Canada, or other country.
    2. Be a member of the NAVTA and a member of the SVBT.
  2. After graduating from a recognized school of Veterinary Technology and/or becoming credentialed to practice as a Veterinary Technician (or its equivalent), candidates must meet education and experience requirements, as specified:
    1. Three years (a minimum of 4,000 hrs. Maxiumum of 3,000 hours may be spent in prevention) work experience or its equivalent in the field of animal behavior, clinical or research based. All experience must be completed within five years prior to the application.
    2. A minimum of forty (40) continuing education (CE) hours related to veterinary behavior, animal behavior, or behavioral research. A minimum of 50% of the hours must come from veterinary-related sources.
      1. The continuing education must be completed within the last five years immediately prior to submitting the application. No more than 2/3 (28 hours) can come from a single source. Valid proof of CE includes certificates or receipts.
      2. The continuing education must be received from an accredited veterinary technician school, school of veterinary medicine, or nationally recognized conference. Proof of attendance is required.
    3. Provide the documentary evidence of advanced competence in veterinary behavior through one or a combination of two routes: Clinical or Research.
      1. Completion of the Veterinary Behavior Skills Form. The skills form documents those skills that have been mastered by the candidate and are necessary to practice as veterinary behavior technicians at an advanced level. The form will be provided by the credentials approval committee. It is subject to change based upon the current state of the art in veterinary behavior. The SAS must be a credentialed technician or veterinarian.
      2. A case record log or research log is maintained for one (1) year within the three (3) years immediately preceding the submission of the application.
        1. Clinical- A minimum of fifty (50) cases (clinical) must be recorded. The cases shall reflect the management of the behavior patient and mastery of advanced veterinary behavior skills. The log should include the following: Date, Patient identification (name or number), species/breed, age, sex, weight, veterinary diagnosis or research design, length of care, final outcome, and summary of behavior techniques and procedures performed by the applicant on the patient.
        2. Research- One (1) year within the three (3) years immediately proceeding application must consist of behavior research or research using behavioral observations as a major portion of the study. This research shall reflect the management of the behavior patient and mastery of advanced behavior and research skills. The research log should include the following: Purpose of the study, duration of the study, participant’s identification (name or number), species/breed, age, sex, weight, behavioral parameters being measured, method of measurement, findings, and summary of behavior techniques and procedures performed by the applicant on any of the participants.
      3. Four (5) detailed case reports. Case reports must demonstrate expertise in the management of a variety of veterinary patients or research participants requiring behavior services. The case reports should be selected from the case record log or research log. Case reports must be the original work of the applicant.
      4. Two (2) letters of recommendations from the following three (3) categories: a VTS (Behavior) member, a supporting Veterinarian, or a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior.

Section 2. Applicant procedures for admission to examination for VTS (Behavior) status are as follows:

  1. Application for examination must be made by the applicant to the Secretary on a form provided by the Academy, and submitted along with the prescribed application fee and required documents on or prior to the calendar date eight (8) months preceding the scheduled examination. The application fee will not be refunded if applicant is not eligible to take the examination and must be submitted each time the applicant applies for examination.
  2. Eligibility rulings are made by the Regents on recommendation by the Credentials Approval Committee, and applicants will be notified of results no less than six (6) months preceding the scheduled examination date.
  3. The applicant is required to sign the following agreement when he or she applies: I hereby apply to the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians for examination in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Academy for credentials evaluation and appeal; herewith, I enclose the application fee. I also hereby agree that prior to or subsequent to my examination the Academy may investigate my standing as a veterinary technician, including my reputation for complying with the standards of ethics of the profession.

Section 3. Examinations

  1. Candidates approved by the Credentials Approval Committee and the Regents, upon receipt of the prescribed examination fee by the stated due date, will be advised of the exam format no less than three (3) months prior to examination.
  2. Examinations will be prepared and administered by the Examination Committee.
  3. Passing scores will be proposed by the Examination Committee and approved by the Regents.
  4. Examinations will be given at least once every other year.
  5. The examination committee may include written, oral, and practical items; computer simulations or use audiovisual aids may be used as part of the testing process.
    1. Topics to be covered on the examination are those that are crucial to veterinary behavior.
    2. Exam items will be referenced using current scientific sources.
    3. Exam items may be submitted by AVBT members or by DACVBs.
  6. A minimum passing score as established by the Examination Committee and approved by the Regents must be achieved to obtain VTS (Behavior) status.
    1. All candidates sitting for an examination will be notified of the results of the examination within sixty (60) days of the date of the examination.
    2. Candidates who have failed the examination will, upon written request through the Secretary to the Regents within thirty (30) days of notification, be given written clarification as to the areas of deficiencies. The letter of clarification of deficiencies will be provided by mail within sixty (60) days of receipt of the candidate’s request.

Section 4. Certification

  1. Candidates must successfully pass the certifying examination.
  2. Final approval for VTS (Behavior) status must be granted by the Regents.
  3. A certificate will be issued to the VTS (Behavior) by the Secretary upon direction of the Regents.
  4. VTS (Behavior) certification is conferred for a period of five (5) years. The certification period will begin on the first day of the month that the examination is passed and end on the same date five (5) years later.

Section 5. Appeals

  1. Candidates denied eligibility to sit for the VTS (Behavior) Certification Examination may appeal this decision within thirty (30) calendar days from their receipt of the letter of notification. The appeal must be made by written petition to the Secretary and shall include a statement of the grounds for reconsideration. The appeals committee may request additional information as needed.
    1. Upon receipt of an appeal, the Secretary shall notify the President and the Chair of the Credentials Approval Committee. The President will appoint a committee of three (3) VTS (Behavior) to serve as an ad hoc Appeal Committee within fifteen (15) calendar days of receiving notification of the appeal.
    2. The Chair of the Credentials Approval Committee shall submit to the Appeal Committee a written statement indicating the reasons for rejecting the candidate. The complete application file of the candidate will be provided for the Appeal Committee to review.
    3. The Appeal Committee shall review the appeal(s) and render the recommendation(s) to the Regents within thirty (30) calendar days from the date the committee was appointed. The Regents will render a decision on the appeal upon the recommendation of the Appeal Committee and notify the petitioner of the decision within sixteen (16) calendar days after receipt of the report of the Appeal Committee. The decision of the Regents shall be final.
  2. Failure of the examination.
    1. Failure of the examination is not appealable.
    2. The credentials committee will determine what documentation will be required for reexamination. A complete application packet may be required. The full certification examination fee must be paid for each repeated examination.
  3. Appeals of other adverse decisions by the Academy, including VTS (Behavior) suspensions, may be made by written petition through the Secretary to the Regents. An ad hoc Appeal Committee will be established and the petitioner notified of the appeal process and timetable.
  4. The procedure for the Appeals Process will be included with all application forms.

Section 6. Re-certification

  1. Re-certification may be obtained through one (1) of two (2) options.
    1. Completion of sixty (60) continuing education (CE) units per five (5) year period. The CE units may be obtained through attendance at seminars pertaining to animal behavior and related disciplines, contribution to professional publications, presentation of a lecture or wet lab, completion of research projects. The distribution of CE units will be determined by the Re-certification Committee with final approval by the Regents.
    2. Retaking the VTS (Behavior) examination.

Article VIII – Discipline

Section 1. Repossession of Certificates

  1. Certificates shall remain the property of the Academy and shall be repossessed when:
    1. The issuance of such a certificate or its receipt violates provisions of the Academy’s Constitution or Bylaws.
    2. The VTS (Behavior) member fails to maintain acceptable standards of competence in the practice of behavior as determined through investigation by the Regents.
    3. The VTS (Behavior) fails to pay dues by May 1st of the calendar year.  Notification of repossession will be made by registered mail, return receipt requested. Reinstatement is contingent on approval by the Regents, payment of all past dues, and current dues in full plus late fees.
    4. The VTS (Behavior) fails to complete the re-certification process by the deadline.

Section 2. Unethical Conduct

  1. Members accused of unethical conduct, incompetence, negligence, fraud, or other charges that discredit the Academy will be investigated.
  2. Such charges must be made in writing to the Regents. If investigation reveals evidence warranting action, the accused will be notified in writing and given full opportunity to respond in writing to the Regents.
  3. Disciplinary action may be recommended by the Regents and can be executed following an affirmative vote by two thirds of the Academy members.

Updated May 2012