The course covers the basic principles of veterinary science and how that may interact with dog behaviour and psychology. The main aim is to give the practitioner sufficient skills in knowing when to identify a behaviour problem separate to a veterinary or medical cause which may need to be seen by a veterinary surgeon. It also gives the practitioner an insight into how veterinary trained staff view behaviour in practice and the relationship between veterinary surgeon and pet behaviour practitioner.
This is an essential course for people who work with dogs in any organisation. It is also attractive for pet owners who simply want a more in depth knowledge of the domestic dogs body systems and healthcare in general in respect of problem behaviour.
Students will study to a basic level the different Canids and in particular The Domestic Dog. Students will explore the Veterinary needs of The Domestic Dog and its general care. They will discover how good and bad Nutrition can affect a dogs’ behaviour.
They will gain an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the dog and its body systems. Students will study basic canine genetics and how genetic conditions may affect behaviour.
To explore the different diseases and conditions that dog suffer that may affect their behaviour.
By the end of the module participants will be able to:
- Identify various medical conditions that can cause a dog to act out of character.
- Understand how nutrition can affect a dog’s behaviour.
- Learn to identify when a dog needs to be referred to a Veterinary Surgeon.
- Be able to identify a possible genetic condition that may cause a behaviour problem.
- To be able to explain the types of medical conditions that can cause behaviour problems.
- Be aware of disease processes that may affect behaviour.
- Course Structure
The module is delivered in Three Phases:
Phase 1 (Distance Learning) Introduction to Canids and the Domestic Dog
- Detailed analysis of participants existing experience with dogs – in particular with reference to dogs and their health.
- Primary research about Canids in general.
- To conduct secondary research on The Domestic Dog in particular.
Phase 2 (Distance Learning) Introduction to Veterinary Science and The Domestic Dog
- Veterinary Care
- Anatomy, Physiology
- Basic Healthcare
Phase 3 (Distance Learning) Medical Conditions and Behaviour of The Domestic Dog
- Canine Diseases
- Geriatric Dogs
- Behaviour problems and Medical Conditions
Your tutor for this course is Rachel Bean.