The AVSAB (Behavior Club) is a group of veterinarians and research scientists dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through an understanding of animal behavior. Insight into animal behavior can strengthen the bond between owners and pets and enhance the welfare of veterinary patients.
The student chapter provides veterinary students with educational opportunities (lectures and workshops) in animal behavior and related subjects; club members in turn, provide behavior-related educational opportunities to the general public. Activities include the Shelter Training Program in conjunction with the Whitman County Humane Society; a program designed to help teach students about basic animal training and behaviors. Students work train the shelter animals in order to help make them more adoptable. Behavior Club also hosts Pups Parading the Palouse, a program designed to help reactive dogs walk calmly on a leash and to promote positive experiences for leashed dogs. Students can bring their reactive or non-reactive dog on the weekly walks after attending an orientation to learn about dog reactivity.