AABP Position Statement - On Boundary Issues with Allied Professions

On Boundary Issues with Allied professions

Last updated: September 4, 2008

The AABP recommends the non-veterinary animal behavior technologists carefully observe the “Professional Boundaries" principle of the AABP professional Practice Guidelines. Specifically, aside from being very careful not to appear to "diagnose," "prescribe" or provide a "treatment" or "prognosis" for any medical condition, we strongly recommend that you not even use these quasi-medical terms with regards to behavior. See the theoretical orientation position statement for details on this. The AABP recommends that we take a behavioral approach and use behavioral language in dealing with behavior and leave veterinary care and medical language to veterinarians.


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