About ISAE

General Information 

The Society was created in Edinburgh on June 4, 1966 as the Society for Veterinary Ethology (SVE). It rapidly expanded to cover all applied aspects of Ethology and other Behavioural Sciences relevant to human-animal interactions such as farming, wildlife management, the keeping of companion and laboratory animals, and the control of pests. The Society also quickly became increasingly international: it now has an international federal structure as well as regional representatives around the world.

In 1991, on the 25th anniversary of the SVE, the society was re-named the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE). At the International Congress that year a paper about the history of the SVE / ISAE was presented by Carol Petherick and Ian Duncan, entitled "The Society for Veterinary Ethology 1966-1991: The 25th Anniversary Review".

In 2016, the 50th Anniversary Congress was held in Edinburgh, and a book was published on the history and prospects for our science: Brown, Seddon and Appleby (Eds), Animals and Us: 50 years and More of Applied Ethology, Wageningen Academic Press. It includes a chapter by Carol Petherick and Ian Duncan, “The International Society for Applied Ethology: going strong 50 years on”.

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Organisational Structure

ISAE is a non-profit organisation with an international federal structure and representatives around the world. Administration of the Society is the responsibility of a Council comprising a president, senior and junior vice-president, and 10 other voting members with unique responsibilities. Additionally, there are several non-voting positions, an auditor and legal assessor, as well as a regional secretary for each of the 11 regions. The Council also provides technical evidence on topics relating to animal behaviour and animal welfare during the committee stages of government legislation.

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