About the course
The course will run in 3, 4-day blocks.
Foundation Course in Veterinary Behavioural Practice
Introduction to the normal behaviour of dogs and cats
Causes of behavioural problems – social/environmental and clinical
Taking a history; options for consultations; approaches to simple problems.
Fundamental principles of treating behavioural problems in practice, including the importance of core territory in cats.
Two key approaches: canine aggression to the family and canine separation anxiety.
Specific problems in aggression, anxiety and conflict
These modules deal with specific problems such as:
Dog- dog aggression; aggression to other dogs in the household; aggression to children; predatory aggression; barrier behaviours and aggression to strangers.
Aggression in multicat households; toileting problems in cats; spraying; aggression to cats outside; aggression to the family.
Sound sensitivity; generalized and general anxieties
Compulsive disorders in dogs and cats
Pharmacological options for treatment of behavioural problems
Recognizing and treating pain as a cause of behavioural problems
Literature reviews and critical analysis
This section of the course takes two days to deal in detail with the most common clinical cause of behavioural problems: pain.
The last two days are concerned with reviews of some of the literature and critical analysis of this, along with the opportunity to revise and review the work of the previous modules.