ABMA Annual Conference

The ABMA is excited to announce we will host a 2021 virtual conference!  Join us on this exciting adventure 29 April -1 May.   

Quality Connections:  Ready, Set, Train


Announcing the first call for abstracts- deadline 15 January

We are pleased to support the IFAW as our conservation partner for the 2021 virtual conference!  A portion of your conference registration will support this amazing organization!



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BMF Scholarship


Did you know that ABMA’s Behavior Management Fund (BMF) committee is providing a virtual scholarship for 10 lucky presenters this year!

This scholarship is to assist anyone whose institution is unable to give them financial support. This will help an award recipient the ability to present their work and help the organization by giving our membership the opportunity to hear information that supports the ABMA’s Core Value of “Sharing the Knowledge”

The Scholarship will provide:

  • Virtual conference registration for the winners to present.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant may not have received this scholarship in the previous year.
  • Applicant must submit the online abstract submission form, checking the BMF Virtual scholarship box within the form, and complete the additional scholarship questions after checking the BMF Virtual scholarship box within the online form. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure application materials are complete; applicants will not be notified if the application materials are incomplete.

The abstract submission deadlines for the annual conference are:
15 January- Abstracts due
mid-January- Winner notified
end of January- Winner accept/deny

Application Process:

There are 3 required components of the Virtual scholarship application:

  1. Complete the online Abstract Submission Form. Don’t forget to check the box for BMF Virtual Scholarship.
  2. Complete the questions within the online abstract submission form after you check the box for the BMF virtual scholarship.
  3. The Scholarship winners must officially accept the award within one week of email notification, otherwise, the award will be offered to the runner-up.
Abstract Submissions
If you have a behavior management accomplishment, an intriguing case study, a research project, or innovation for the field, especially one that resonates with the theme of the conference, please come share it with your colleagues!  The abstract deadline for the 2021 Conference is 15 January 2021

Abstract review will be based on quality of the abstract, content and subject matter of the paper, application of the ABMA mission statement, and incorporation of the theme of the conference.  Please keep in mind that we receive a number of quality submissions each year, and not all abstracts can necessarily be accepted for presentation.  When your abstract is accepted for either a poster or presentation you are required to submit a paper for the conference proceedings prior to presenting.  This submission deadline is one week before the conference.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Conference Content Advisory Committee Co-Chairs, Jeremy Dillon and Shannon College, at conferencecontent@theabma.org or the 2021 Vice President, Tricia Dees at firstvp@theabma.org.

Presentations are 20 minutes total.  Presenters should plan for a few minutes of questions afterwards (e.g. 17 minute presentation, 3 minutes for questions).  It is encouraged to be available for questions throughout the remainder of the week.  Poster presentations will be a part of the virtual conference as well.  For the virtual conference, all presentations must be pre-recorded.  Details on your presentation will be sent to you if you are selected as a presenter.  Complete the online Abstract Submission Form.

General Timeline for Abstract Submissions are:

15 January-  abstracts due by midnight EST

late January- notifications to presenters

end of January- presenters accept/decline

Two weeks before conference- papers due for proceedings

Conference Registration

Conference registration will be for three days:  29 April – 1 May 2021.
AAZK and IMATA members can receive the ABMA member rate! Please download & submit the registration form (coming soon). We do not accept American Express.

Conference Pricing:

Member rate- $60/day or $150/3 days
*This allows 1 ABMA member to attend per day or for the week (3 days).
*You will be able to participate in live chats during the conference.
*There is no deadline to register as a member.
*You will have unlimited access to view the presentations on animalprofessional.com after the conference has ended.

Non-member rate- $80/day or $200/3 days
*This allows 1 person (not an ABMA member) to attend per day or for the week (3 days).
*You will be able to participate in live chats during the conference.
*There is no deadline to register as a non-member.
*You will have access to view the presentations for 90 days after the conference has ended.

Facility rate- $1000
*This allows 7 separate logins for the conference, which is the equivalent of 7 members from your facility to attend for the week. This is ideal for large facilities that can view the conference from different computers around your facility.
*You will be able to participate in live chats during the conference.
*There is no deadline to register as a facility.
*You will have access to view the presentations for 90 days after the conference has ended.

On Demand rate- $100
*This allows for 1 person, regardless of membership status, to view all presentations AFTER the conference has ended.
*You will be able to view the presentations for 90 days after the conference has ended.
*You will not be able to participate in live chats.
*There is no deadline to register for the On Demand rate.

Contact us if you have any questions.

100% until 30 days before the start of the conference
50% from 29 days until 8 days before the conference
No refunds starting the week before the conference


We will again be offering CEU’s for a variety of organizations.  Once the program is finalized we will submit for credits and post here.  We normally offer CEU’s for the following organizations:

We look forward to seeing you at our virtual conference!


There is no conference hotel for the 2021 virtual conference.  You can join us from your home, office, school, or wherever! 


The only transportation you’ll need to join us for the virtual 2021 conference is how to get to a computer with high speed internet. 

Our annual conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you!  If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor, please contact us!  We also have vendor opportunities available.

Site Visits
There will be no site visits for the 2021 ABMA virtual conference. 

Badge Entries
There will be no badge entries for nearby facilities for the 2021 ABMA virtual conference. 

Going Virtual
There are many questions you may have about attending the ABMA virtual conference.  We’ll be posting more information soon. 

Details coming soon.



Details coming soon.


To be green, the ABMA does not hand out printed programs. We will not have an app for the 2021 virtual conference.

ABMA Conference General Schedule of Events

Thursday- presentations

Friday- presentations

Saturday- presentations

Thank you for attending the ABMA virtual conference!

Details will be posted as they are finalized. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you virtually in 2021!