United Kingdom

University of Edinburgh

The University runs a MSc-course in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.
Edinburgh offers a number of educational options for vets, including an Online PG Cert (Diploma/Masters) and a 20 credit course available as PPD (credit bearing CPD) on Clinical Animal Behaviour. A new Online Masters programme in Clinical Animal Behaviour is to begin in September 2016, applications for this to be taken from October 2015. For further information regarding both animal welfare and behaviour courses, please visit the link below as well as the JMICAWE website. Contact: Natalie Waran

University of Bristol

Behaviour teaching within the veterinary undergraduate curriculum includes lectures on fundamental behaviour and animal welfare in early years (e.g. motivation, evolutionary basis of behaviour, domestication and natural selection, learning, cognition, preference tests and consumer demand) and more applied clinical lectures (e.g. principles of behaviour therapy and psychopharmacology) in later years. In the final year the students have the opportunity for clinical teaching in veterinary behavioural medicine during elective and tracked teaching. There is an active behaviour research group at the vet school including opportunities for Masters by research and PhD programmes. There is a referral level behaviour clinic with a veterinary behaviourist and residency training programme.


For information on the veterinary programme contact Prof Sarah Baillie (Sarah.Baillie@bristol.ac.uk).

For information about the clinical service and residency training opportunities contact Sagi Denenberg (S.Denenberg@bristol.ac.uk)

For information about research opportunities in companion animal behaviour and welfare or epidemiology contact Rachel Casey (Rachel.Casey@bristol.ac.uk )

University of Cambridge

Teaching in animal behaviour is delivered within several components of the pre-clinical and clinical years of the curriculum and covers aspects including: normal animal behaviour and common behavioural problems in the major domestic species; the neurobiological basis of animal behaviour; pharmacological modification of behaviour and opportunities to conduct an extended study various aspects of animal behaviour (all in pre-clinical years) and abnormal animal behaviour as it relates to animal management and welfare and companion animal behaviour therapy (clinical years). A clinical facility is also available.

Contact Professor Alun Williams    (+44) 1223 337640

University of Lincoln

MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour (Available Full-time or part-time), validated by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)

The MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour aims to produce professionals who are practically able, critical and independent thinkers with specialist knowledge of the development, diagnosis and management of behavioural disorders and conflicts in companion animal species, especially dogs and cats. The course gives particular emphasis to the development of relevant skills training and so graduates should be competent in the application of appropriate treatment methodologies which also safeguard the animal’s well-being and longer term interests.

Units of study, include: Human-animal interactions, Development and regulation of animal behaviour, Domestic animal behaviour & cognition, Animal welfare, Clinical skills for animal behaviour management, Thesis.

Contact: general enquiries: cos@lincoln.ac.uk

Academic enquiries: hzulch@lincoln.ac.uk

University of Liverpool

Behaviour teaching within the veterinary undergraduate curriculum including lectures on:

Evolution and animal health, Life histories, adaptive behaviour and artificial environments; functional and causal questions about behaviour, Foraging behaviour and competition for resources, Social behaviour and communication, Reproductive behaviour, Development of behaviour, Stimuli & perception; organising mechanisms; motivation & stress, Animal minds, introduction to behavioural assessment, Ethics of animal welfare, Farm animal welfare, Laboratory animal welfare, Conservation and welfare of wild animals.
In the fourth year the students also have three days of teaching on clinical veterinary behavioural medicine and in the final year they attend behaviour cases in clinic.
Active behaviour research group
Clinical facility once a month – Veterinary behaviourist

Royal Veterinary College – London

Behavioiur teaching included in professional services as well as animal welfare strands. There is also online behaviour content provided for students.

A behaviour clinic is run twice a month by a veterinary behaviourist.

For further information, contact Jon Bowen jbowen@rvc.ac.uk

University Of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

Veterinary Medicine and Surgery BVM BVS with integrated BVMedSci (5-year programme)

The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science recognises behaviour is not a standalone topic and touches on all aspects of veterinary medicine.  Therefore, behaviour is taught as an integrated module woven throughout the five year veterinary degree, thus supporting student awareness and application of behaviour medicine and behaviour wellness in practice.  Both theoretical and practical components of behaviour are covered, where the clinical relevance of behaviour is made explicit by linking to appropriate systems based modules.  Module content is based on two behaviour day one competences we believe graduates must achieve, that is to ‘do no harm’ (e.g. avoid creating aversion to veterinary practice) and be able to ‘apply behaviour first aid’ (identify when a problem exists and take short term measures and recognise how to access appropriate support).  Final year clinical training provides further opportunities including: behaviour in general practice, animal training, shelter medicine, geriatric medicine, welfare assessment and behaviour consultations.  Behaviour education is supported by a range of staff including non-behaviour specialists to ensure the integrated ethos is adopted, and also by three honorary teaching positions held by internationally recognised behaviour specialists (Prof Daniel Mills, Helen Zulch, Dr Anne McBride).

Contact: mandy.roshier@nottingham.ac.uk

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