Core Ethical Principles and Guidelines for Professional Conduct

CASI is dedicated to instructing students in providing their services in an ethical manner and we urge them to adopt these core ethical principles and adhere to the guidelines for professional consultation. While CASI cannot be responsible for the actions of students and graduates, we strongly encourage them to take their ethical responsibility seriously. The principles and guidelines provided here serve to inform the public regarding CASI's stance on ethical practice and to help guide students and graduates on making ethical professional decisions. Below is CASI Mission and Methodological Stance, followed by a link to the set of professional conduct guidelines for CASI Behavioral Sciences Department. CASI does not condone any behavior in breech of these principles and guidelines.


The mission of The Companion Animal Sciences Institute is to provide advanced, challenging, science-based professional development and personal interest education in the animal behavior, training, behavior change programming, fitness and nutrition fields in a distance format that promotes professional skills upgrading.

Methodological Stance

It is the stance of CASI, its advisory board and instructors that animal friendly, positive reinforcement-based methods are the most efficient and effective, and least intrusive and risk laden methods to use in animal training and behavior change programming, and most conducive to facilitate the human animal bond. Furthermore, we take the stance that aversive stimulation and positive punishment / negative reinforcement based methods are unethical, inefficient and ineffective as a first line approach; they risk serious harm and are the most likely methods to deteriorate the human animal bond. CASI instructs in a strong standard of providing the least intrusive effective behavior intervention. 

CASI, does not generally condone or endorse the use of aversive tools such as but not limited to choke chains, prong collars, electronic invisible fencing or electronic shock-collars. Nor do we condone or endorse the use of highly intrusive, aversive methods such as but not limited to leash corrections, helicoptering, hanging, alpha-rolling, scruff-shaking, spraying the dog in the face with fluid, throwing things at the animal, hitting in any way or otherwise creating fear or pain in animals. 

CASI Behavioral Sciences Department Professional Practice Guidelines

CASI is affiliated with the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and adopts its set of professional practice guidelines. All students, graduates and faculty are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with these principles and guidelines.

Click here to view the official and up to date set of guidelines.


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