Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour

Ncert

Overview

The emotional health of canine and feline patients is as important as their physical health and veterinary nurses are a crucial part of the veterinary team when it comes to dealing with emotional health issues. These issues range from optimising the emotional responses of patients to the veterinary practice environment to dealing with specific concerns from owners about the behaviour of their pets.

This fascinating course will lead delegates to an understanding of emotional motivational systems and how they influence the behavioural responses of dogs and cats. Using a mixture of lectures, discussion groups and case histories the course will aim to improve understanding of the emotional basis of unwanted or unacceptable behaviours. Delegates will learn about the interplay between physical and emotional health. The role of the veterinary nurse in prevention of emotional health problems in companion animals will be covered as well as their role in optimising the general practice experience for patients and their owners.
The NCert (AnBeh) is designed to teach nurses to deal competently and safely with canine and feline emotional health issues within the context of veterinary practice. 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.

Description

The certificate programme will:

  • Enhance your clinical skills and knowledge
  • Increase your confidence and job satisfaction
  • Enable you to gain an achievable and recognised qualification
  • Provide an opportunity for you to pursue further academic achievement by registering with Harper Adams University, gaining academic credits and working towards a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies

This course offers:

• Flexible attendance options -– individual modules, paired modules or the entire course
• Easy payment options

Summary

This modular programme is made up of four two-day courses. The modules should ideally be followed in number order but for those veterinary nurses who are unable to attend the full course, attendance at individual modules is an option. For those wishing to complete the whole course and sit the exam you must complete all four two-day modules within three years. You may take longer to attend all the modules but will not be eligible to sit the exam.

Comprehensive course notes are provided for each module. Refreshments are available throughout the day and lunch is included on all modules.

Introduction to Animal Behaviour

Module Information

This introductory session will cover the development of behaviour and communication in cats and dogs. Stages of development and the different types of normal behaviour and communication will be included

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The origins of behaviour in the cat and dog
  • Domestication of the dog and cat
  • The normal behaviour of the dog and cat
  • Breadth of medical conditions causing or contributing to behaviour problems in the cat and dog
  • The range of social and environmental causes of behaviour problems in the cat and dog
  • How to relate events in the animal’s life with the development of behaviour problems
  • Understand how to take a history and the meaning of each component of that history
  • Be aware of how to make the distinction between clinical and social/environmental causes of behaviour problems

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Clinical Causes of Behaviour Problems

Module Information

As module 1

This introductory session will cover the development of behaviour and communication in cats and dogs. Stages of development and the different types of normal behaviour and communication will be included

Key Learning Objectives:

  • The origins of behaviour in the cat and dog
  • Domestication of the dog and cat
  • The normal behaviour of the dog and catBreadth of medical conditions causing or contributing to behaviour problems in the cat and dog
  • The range of social and environmental causes of behaviour problems in the cat and dog
  • How to relate events in the animal’s life with the development of behaviour problems
  • Understand how to take a history and the meaning of each component of that history
  • Be aware of how to make the distinction between clinical and social/environmental causes of behaviour problems

When

Where

Speaker

Future dates for this course are currently being developed.

Aggression in Companion Animals I

Module Information

This two-day session will cover the subject of aggression in companion animals. The main causes of aggression and the general principles of dealing with aggression will be covered as will important safety aspects. The course will include a review of the different categories of aggression and will include case-based discussion sessions.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the causes and principles of dealing with aggression in dogs and cats in all contexts
  • Be aware of safety aspects in aggression problems
  • Be aware of general and specific approaches to aggression to owners, intraspecific aggression, barrier behaviours, aggression to children, predatory behaviour
  • Engage in the practical examination of actual behaviour cases/discussion of cases and prepare plans for the patients

When

Where

Speaker

24 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath

Aggression in Companion Animals II

Module Information

This two-day session will cover the subject of aggression in companion animals. The main causes of aggression and the general principles of dealing with aggression will be covered as will important safety aspects. The course will include a review of the different categories of aggression and will include case-based discussion sessions.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the causes and principles of dealing with aggression in dogs and cats in all contexts
  • Be aware of safety aspects in aggression problems
  • Be aware of general and specific approaches to aggression to owners, intraspecific aggression, barrier behaviours, aggression to children, predatory behaviour
  • Engage in the practical examination of actual behaviour cases/discussion of cases and prepare plans for the patients

When

Where

Speaker

25 Jan 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath

Anxiety and Conflict in Companion Animals I

Module Information

This two-day course will cover the subject of anxiety and conflict in companion animals. The main causes of anxiety and conflict, and the general principles of dealing with these problems will be covered. The course will include a review of the different types of anxiety and conflict related problems including separation problems, noise phobias, de-sensitisation, tail chasing, self-mutilation, spraying and toileting problems. The topic of compulsive disorders will be discussed. The course will include case-based discussion sessions.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the causes of fear, anxiety, phobias and compulsive disorders in dogs and cats
  • Be able to apply the principles involved in dealing with fear, anxiety and phobia in dogs and cats
  • To understand specific approaches to problems such as separation problems, noise phobias, de-sensitisation, tail chasing, self-mutilation, spraying and toileting problems
  • The development and complexity of compulsive disorders
  • The principles involved in treating compulsive disorders
  • Engage in the practical examination of actual behaviour cases/discussion of cases

When

Where

Speaker

11 Apr 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath

Anxiety and Conflict in Companion Animals II

Module Information

This two-day course will cover the subject of anxiety and conflict in companion animals. The main causes of anxiety and conflict, and the general principles of dealing with these problems will be covered. The course will include a review of the different types of anxiety and conflict related problems including separation problems, noise phobias, de-sensitisation, tail chasing, self-mutilation, spraying and toileting problems. The topic of compulsive disorders will be discussed. The course will include case-based discussion sessions.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the causes of fear, anxiety, phobias and compulsive disorders in dogs and cats
  • Be able to apply the principles involved in dealing with fear, anxiety and phobia in dogs and cats
  • To understand specific approaches to problems such as separation problems, noise phobias, de-sensitisation, tail chasing, self-mutilation, spraying and toileting problems
  • The development and complexity of compulsive disorders
  • The principles involved in treating compulsive disorders
  • Engage in the practical examination of actual behaviour cases/discussion of cases

When

Where

Speaker

12 Apr 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath

Behaviour Modifying Medication Nutraceuticals, Pheromone Therapy and Complementary Therapies for Behaviour Problems

Module Information

This course will cover the different drugs and agents used to alter animal behaviour in the course of treatment. The mode of action of these agents will be discussed as will potential side effects and problems. The use of complementary therapies will also be covered and important safety and welfare aspects.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Be aware of the range of behaviour modifying drugs available to the veterinary profession
  • To understand the principles involved in using these drugs
  • Understand some specifics about these medications
  • To understand how and when they should be used
  • Be aware of alternative and complementary treatments for behaviour problems
  • To understand the range of ways in which these may work
  • The safety and welfare implications of using both behaviour modifying drugs and alternatives

When

Where

Speaker

27 Jun 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath

Case Discussions in Animal Behaviour

Module Information

This interactive and fun course will review a lot of areas covered in the animal behaviour programme. It will be an opportunity for you to discuss and review your own cases and help to consolidate the different subject areas. Advice will be given on further learning and some interesting ethical and political issues will be debated.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Review the progress of cases seen and previously discussed
  • To review the delegates own cases
  • Discuss case scenarios
  • To ensure an understanding of the issues covered, where to go for further help
  • Air and discuss some ethical and practical issues

When

Where

Speaker

28 Jun 2018 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Sarah Heath

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £150.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. The remaining amount is payable 60 days prior to the course commencing.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. If you want to enrol for the exam there is a £250 (no VAT) payable to the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).
  5. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS.
  6. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. In order to secure a place you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.
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