2 Nov 2021

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour

Swindon

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour

Aims

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 and 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/technician/paraprofessional 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/VTCert/VPPCert (AnBeh) is designed to teach delegates how 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/VTCert/VPPCert (AnBeh) to use his/her knowledge within the scope of their practice.

Objectives

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

This course offers:

• Easy payment options.

This programme must be taken in sequence to gain maximum benefit.

Summary

This modular programme is made up of four two-day courses. The modules should ideally be followed in number order to gain maximum benifit. 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.

Electronic and downloadable comprehensive course notes are provided for each module via our online platform Moodle. Refreshments are available throughout the day and lunch is included on all face-to face modules.

The programme course fees INCLUDE registration with ISVPS and all of the examination and assessment fees.

Delegates will also be provided additional study skills sessions aiding the delegate to develop their reflective skills. This will help them in their clinical assessments and revision of their learning, which can be used within their future career.

Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour Modules

An Introduction to animal behaviour
2 Nov 2021 | 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

  • Describe the domestication of the dog and cat
  • Describe the normal behaviour of the dog and cat
  • Recognise 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
3 Nov 2021 | 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

  • Recognise the concept of emotional health in dogs and cats
  • Describe the interplay between emotional and physical health
  • Recognise the distinction between clinical and social/environmental causes of behavioural presentations
  • Demonstrate how to take a behavioural history and recognise the relevance of the components of that history
  • Recognise how events in the animal’s life relate 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
26 Jan 2022 | 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:

  • Differentiate between the motivational causes of so called “aggression” in dogs and cats
  • Identify the importance of other behavioural responses to negative emotional motivations and explain how these relate to the responses of repulsion and confrontation
  • Recognise the safety and legal aspects of “aggression” problems

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Repulsion behavioural responses in companion animals - Day 2
27 Jan 2022 | Swindon

See Module 3 In addition to:

Key learning objectives

  • Describe the motivations for and potential prevention of commonly presented forms of confrontational and repulsion behaviour in companion animals
  • Recognise the difference between predatory behaviour and “aggression”
  • Describe the influence of species-specific ethology on behavioural presentations of confrontation and repulsion
  • Describe general and specific approaches to cases where repulsion or confrontational behaviours are being demonstrated toward owners, familiar and unfamiliar dogs or cats and unfamiliar people

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Fear-anxiety related behavioural responses in companion animals - Day 1
20 Apr 2022 | 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 the 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.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise the role of the fear-anxiety system in common presentations of behavioural signs in companion animals
  • Recognise the multifactorial influences on the development of fear-anxiety motivated behaviours including genetics, early rearing and past and current social and physical environments
  • Differentiate between fear-anxiety and other potential emotional motivations for similar behavioural signs in dogs

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Fear-anxiety related behavioural responses in companion animals - Day 2
21 Apr 2022 | Swindon

See module 5 in addition to:

Key learning objectives :

  • Differentiate between fear-anxiety and other potential emotional motivations for similar behavioural signs in cats
  • Describe 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
Tools available in behavioural medicine work
15 Jun 2022 | Swindon

This module will consider the tools available in behavioural medicine. There will be a 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:

  • Describe the potential influence of feeding and gastrointestinal function on behaviour
  • Recognise the potential role of medication in behavioural cases
  • Explain the potential role of pheromone therapy in behavioural cases
  • Explain the potential for nutritional input to influence behaviour in cases of cognitive decline and negative emotional bias
  • Recognise the need for a multi-factorial approach to behavioural cases

Speaker: Sarah Heath BVSc PgCertVE DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Behavioural medicine in general veterinary practice
16 Jun 2022 | Swindon

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

Key learning objectives

  • Recognise the important role of behavioural medicine in general veterinary practice
  • Explain the application of behavioural knowledge in order to make veterinary visits as positive as possible for patients, caregivers and practice staff.
  • Construct and implement a stress audit in general veterinary practice

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

Booking Options

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Payment
Total
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Payment Options All prices exclude VAT
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 payments) £195.00 £295.00 £2,635.00

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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. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to confirm your booking.

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