International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) is pleased to be hosting the 2019 International Veterinary Behaviour Meeting in Washington, D.C. preceding the annual conference of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  IVBM is intended to provide a forum for sharing cutting-edge, original research in the field of animal behaviour. This means more continuing education and options for attendees along with the opportunity to network with even more colleagues from around the world. 

Keynote Speaker

ACVB is excited to announce this years Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Hare

Important Dates

  • March 18, 2019 – Program Selections Announced
  • April 15, 2019  – Speakers Confirm Acceptance/Attendance
  • May 13, 2019 – Final Proceedings Due                             
  • July 30 - August 1, 2019 – IVBM in Washington, D.C.


  • Special Registration Reminders: 

    • IVBM Early Bird rate ends June 1, 2019 at 11:30 PM Eastern.

    • Resident Short Course Early Bird rate ends June 15, 2019 at 11:30 PM Eastern.

    • All IVBM Presenters must register by June 1, 2019.

    • Student Registration does not include lunch.

    • Onsite Registration is not guaranteed as space is limited.

    • If you are registering for IVBM AND the Resident Short Course you must complete the registration process twice.

    • Registration for IVBM does not include admission/attendance to the AVMA Annual Convention, August 2-6, 2019.

    • For additional information about the AVMA convention or housing information, please visit their conference website.

    • IVBM Refund Policy: Cancelled registrations will be subject to the following withholding from the refund. 10% withheld up to May 31; 20% withheld up to June 30; No refunds on or after July 1.

Meeting Schedule

  • ACVB is excited to announce this years tentative meeting schedule. View the schedule here.
  • ACVB is excited to announce this years Keynote Speaker: Dr. Brian Hare.
  • NOTE: All sessions and speakers are subject to change.


Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

999 Ninth Street SW

Washington, DC, 20001

Click here to visit the hotel website and learn more about the area! 


We are looking forward to seeing you in D.C. for ACVB/AVMA.  A block of rooms have been secured especially for our group to accommodate the early arrivals, and the AVMA group rate was extended.  Please follow the link below and make your reservation today.


Enter VIP code - ACVB

Select Hotel Reservations and follow the instructions


If you have already made a reservation at another hotel or through the hotel direct we would appreciate you booking within this block of rooms and cancellation your existing reservation.


Resident Short Course

This is an advanced level course reviewing current understanding of topics relevant to residents/diplomates in Veterinary Behavior. The course is open to RESIDENTS AND DIPLOMATES from the international Veterinary Behavior Colleges as well as the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. 

  • The complete Resident Short Course schedule can be found here.
  • Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Location: Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel - Mount Vernon Square A
  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Lori Gaskins - Welfare
    • Dr. Melissa Bain - Statistics 
    • Dr. Shana Gilbert-Gergory - Epigentics and Genetics 
    • Dr. Beth Strickler - Case Studies 
    • Cameo appearances from the Exam Committee  

ACVB Awards Information

Sponsors & Exhibitors

  • We are excited to announce the opportunities available for this year's meeting. You can review them here.

Thank you to the following who are confirmed exhibitors and sponsors for this year's IVBM Meeting!

Platinum Sponsors & Exhibitors



Gold Sponsors & Exhibitors


Silver Sponsors & Exhibitors

CABI/CSIRO c/o Stylus Publishing

Elanco Animal Health

Instinct Dog Training Inc.

PRN Pharmacal

Bronze Sponsors & Exhibitors

Vetoquinol USA

International Working Dog Breeding Association

Kong Company 


Tech Lounge Sponsor

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The Mission of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) is to advance the behavioral health of animals through the certification of veterinary behavior specialists and the provision of science-based education.

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