An animal behaviorist studies animal behavior, also known as ethology, and their purpose is to understand and observe animals' behavior in order to understand if an animal’s problematic behavior has developed. Their goal is to investigate whether the behavior is normal or not.

Animal behaviorists can work in a wide variety of fields like animal training or research.

It also helps the owners to restore a satisfactory relationship with their animal.

Training / Education

Animal behaviorists have a background in zoology, biology, psychology or animal science.  They continue with an advanced degree in biology or psychology with a focus in animal behavior.

The Animal Behavior Society or the the American Veterinary Medical Association offers specialization in animal behaviorism. Dog trainers also are animal behaviorists, and even though they don't have advanced degrees they can get certified through national groups.


Animal behaviorists can work in the applied animal behavior area, training domestic animals, working with pets, livestock, wild animals or laboratory animals.

Animal behaviorists with a PhD can also work in research, or as college or university professors.


An animal behaviorist's salary can vary based on factors such as type of employment, job location, years of experience, and level of education achieved.

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