Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour

NCert (AnBeh)

Cases showing inappropriate behaviour are commonly seen in veterinary practice and this is an area that is of great interest to many veterinary nurses.

The NCert (AnBeh) is designed to teach nurses to deal competently and safely with canine and feline emotional health issues within the context of the veterinary practice. The programme will use a mixture of lectures, discussion groups and case histories to develop your knowledge of the emotional motivational systems of dogs and cats and how they influence behavioural responses. You will also learn about the interplay between physical and emotional health.

The role of the veterinary nurse in the prevention of emotional health problems in companion animals will also be discussed, together with the support that can be offered in optimising the general practice experience for patients and their owners.

Please note that future regulation may restrict the use of term “animal behaviourist” to those who have undergone further training, but should not restrict the ability of the successful candidate for the NCert (AnBeh) to use his/her knowledge within the scope of their practice.

Please note: This programme should be taken in sequence in order to gain the maximum benefit.

Your journey through our Certificate programme

Timings, assessment and learning support

The individual courses are held within a face to face training environment, giving you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and share experiences.

You can choose to study over a period of one to three years towards the exam or opt to attend the individual modules. If you are working towards the Certificate, you will need to attend all taught modules and register for the exam with ISVPS, which is a multiple choice exam.

Our programmes take place in Alexandra House, Swindon enabling us to provide you with exceptional facilities. This location offers comfortable training rooms for theoretical taught lectures. A buffet lunch is included in each module along with refreshment breaks.

Access Requirements:

If you would like to attain the NCert, you must have been in practice for a minimum of one year and be a Registered Veterinary Nurse, or equivalent if you are not practising in the UK. 

You can attend the modules if you are a student, or not in practice and enrolled with the RCVS; however, you will not be able to attain the NCert qualification.

Course timings:

09.00    Registration
09.30    Course Starts
17.00    Course Finishes

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 3 November 2020

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour
3 Nov 2020
18 May 2021
Swindon
Sarah Heath
£2,495.00 + VAT
This course is fully booked. We are developing future dates but, in the meantime, please register your interest.

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An Introduction to animal behaviour
3 Nov 2020 | Swindon

This module will cover the topics of domestication in dogs and cats and give an appreciation of the development of interaction between humans and these species. The ethology of dogs and cats will be discussed and related to the challenge for these species when living in a domestic environment. The development of puppies and kittens will be described and related to emotional motivations and behavioural responses at different stages of development.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the domestication of the dog and cat
  • Understand the normal behaviour of the dog and cat
  • Understand the behavioural development of puppies and kittens as it relates to their role as companion animals

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Clinical causes of behaviour problems
4 Nov 2020 | Swindon

This module will introduce the concept of emotional health in dogs and cats and emphasise the bilateral relationship between physical and emotional health. The importance of chronological history taking in behavioural medicine will be discussed and information about how to take a comprehensive history and recognise the relevance of the various components of the history will be given. The role of environmental optimisation in companion animals will also be covered.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of emotional health in dogs and cats
  • Understand the interplay between emotional and physical health
  • Be aware of how to make the distinction between clinical and social/environmental causes of behavioural presentations
  • Understand how to take a behavioural history and the relevance of the components of that history
  • Understand how to relate events in the animal’s life to their emotional health and behavioural responses

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Repulsion behavioural responses in companion animals - Day 1
27 Jan 2021 | Swindon

This two-day session will cover the subject of unwanted behaviours in companion animals. It will consider why cases of so called “aggression” are often the ones of most concern to owners and professionals and explain how these behavioural signs relate to the overall emotional health of the patient. The main causes of so called “aggression” and the general principles of dealing with clinical cases will be discussed along with important safety and legal aspects. The course will include case-based discussion sessions.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the motivational causes of so called “aggression” in dogs and cats
  • Understand the importance of other behavioural responses to unwanted emotional motivations and how these relate to the response of repulsion
  • Appreciate the safety and legal aspects in “aggression” problems
  • Describe the general and specific approaches to cases where repulsion behaviours are being demonstrated toward owners, familiar and unfamiliar dogs and unfamiliar people
  • Understand the difference between predatory behaviour and “aggression”
  • Describe the motivations for and potential prevention of commonly presented forms of confrontational behaviour in companion animals

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Repulsion behavioural responses in companion animals - Day 2
28 Jan 2021 | Swindon

See module 3


Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Fear-anxiety related behavioural responses in companion animals - Day 1
21 Apr 2021 | Swindon

This two-day session will cover the subject of fear-anxiety related behavioural presentations in dogs and cats which do not involve a repulsion response (covered in modules three and four). The fear-anxiety emotional system is triggered by perception of threat which is either anticipated, real or perceived. These modules will examine some of the common non repulsion related behavioural presentations which are associated with this motivational system. It will deal with the identification, management and treatment options for these cases and give advice about how they can be approached within the context of the general veterinary practice. The course will include case-based discussion sessions.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of the fear-anxiety system in common presentations of behavioural signs in companion animals
  • Be able to differentiate between fear-anxiety and other potential emotional motivations for similar behavioural signs
  • Understand the multifactorial influences on the development of fear-anxiety motivated behaviours including genetics, early rearing and past and current social and physical environments
  • Appreciate the relationship between fear-anxiety and pain emotional motivations and the influence of pain on companion animal behaviour

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Fear-anxiety related behavioural responses in companion animals - Day 2
22 Apr 2021 | Swindon

See module 5


Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Tools available in behavioural medicine work
17 May 2021 | Swindon

This module will consider the tools available in behavioural medicine. There will be discussion of the role of nutrition in behaviour through considering the potential influence of nutritional input but also the effects of feeding behaviour and gastrointestinal function. Medication will be considered with general information given about drug classes and potential indications including short term management and longer term modification of behaviour. A broader overview of the tools used in dealing with behavioural cases will include the role of communication, understanding of learning theory and appropriate use of equipment.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the potential influence of feeding and gastrointestinal function on behaviour
  • Appreciate the potential for nutritional input to influence behaviour in cases of cognitive decline and negative emotional bias
  • Understand the potential role of medication in behavioural cases
  • Understand the potential role of pheromone therapy in behavioural cases
  • Describe the various forms of equipment used in modification of behaviour
  • Appreciate the potential welfare considerations of using various tools in behavioural modification

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Behavioural medicine in general veterinary practice
18 May 2021 | Swindon

Module eight will cover the integration of behavioural medicine into general practice and highlight the need for behavioural knowledge in order to make veterinary visits as positive as possible for patients, owners and practice staff.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the need for a multi-factorial approach to behavioural cases
  • Appreciate the important role of behavioural medicine in general veterinary practice
  • Be able to carry out a stress audit in general veterinary practice
  • Understand behavioural knowledege can be applied in order to make veterinary visits as positive as possible for patients, owners and practice staff.

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS

Venue: Swindon
Start date: 3 November 2020

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour
3 Nov 2020
18 May 2021
Swindon
Sarah Heath
£2,495.00 + VAT
This course is fully booked. We are developing future dates but, in the meantime, please register your interest.

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour Pricing

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NCert Programme £2,495.00 £0.00 £2,495.00
NCert Programme (Deposit and payment in full) £2,200.00 £295.00 £2,495.00
NCert Programme (Direct debit in 12 Monthly payments0 £195.00 £295.00 £2,635.00

All NCert programme prices are based on you completing the programme and include ISVPS registration and examination fees.
* If taking the paired modules, there is an additional registration and examination charge, payable to ISVPS, if you wish to eventually complete all the modules and gain the NCert.

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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 3 November 2020

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour
3 Nov 2020
18 May 2021
Swindon
Sarah Heath
£2,495.00 + VAT
This course is fully booked. We are developing future dates but, in the meantime, please register your interest.

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The course has allowed me to help clients with their problem animals and spread my new knowledge to others in my practice. Read more... Zoe Hockley

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Venue: Swindon
Start date: 3 November 2020

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour
3 Nov 2020
18 May 2021
Swindon
Sarah Heath
£2,495.00 + VAT
This course is fully booked. We are developing future dates but, in the meantime, please register your interest.

Route to a Nurses Certificate

 

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In Partnership with

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What do our customers think of our training?

The course has allowed me to help clients with their problem animals and spread my new knowledge to others in my practice. Read more... Zoe Hockley

RVN