The International Companion Animal Network (ICAN) was founded by a group of prominent organisations and education providers who use and recommend purely force-free methods. We formed in order to meet the profound need for solidarity, mutual support, communication and cooperation between professionals working in the animal behaviour and training realm.
Aims & Objectives
To bring together reputable organisations who use, teach and recommend only force free methods in working with animals.
To set and maintain high standards within what is currently an unregulated industry.
A Strong Voice
To give each organisation member a stronger voice and mutual support.
Unity & Democracy
To demonstrate a new dynamic of unity and democracy in our profession.
To provide a positive antidote to the competitive aspect that has been prevalent within the profession.
Collaborate & Promote
To actively collaborate between organisations to promote our common ethos and goals.
Membership of ICAN is through an organisation, and individual members of each organisation can display our ICAN Associate logo. Each individual automatically gains associate membership of ICAN.
Our ICAN affiliates link with us to share information, resources, and to present webinars. The affiliate organisations are entitled to use our ICAN Affiliate logo and the individual members of our affiliate organisations are entitled to use our ICAN Supporter logo.
ICAN Veterinary Members
Veterinarians, vet practices and hospitals are very welcome to join ICAN. Using our badge on your website and social media lets the public know that you use fear free methods with the animals in your care. Please contact us if you would like to join us.
ICAN Approved Rescues
The rescues listed here use and promote purely force-free methods
ICAN CERTIFIED ANIMAL TRAINER (CAT)
Professional members who have a recognised qualification in training receive CAT accreditation. ICAN organisations awarding this are:
ICAN CERTIFIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOURIST (CAB)
Professional members who have a recognised qualification in animal behaviour receive CAB accreditation. ICAN organisations awarding this are:
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Meet Our Sponsors
From Our Founding Members
“…promoting empathic, sharing, compassion. mutual knowledge and respect.”
ICAN founder organisations
(in alphabetical order)
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SECRETARY & PRESS AND MEDIA
Emotional and Mental Health Support Officer: Andrew Hale.