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How to handle your dragon and other reptilian tales

Vicky Stockley BSc (Hons) MSc


5 August 2021 at 08:00pm : £30.00

Bearded dragons, Pogona vitticeps, are increasingly popular pets but very little research has been undertaken on their husbandry and welfare needs. One important aspect of this is handling by their owners and whether this causes stress. During my MSc research project I looked at how duration of handling affects bearded dragon anxiety levels. In this webinar I will discuss what we know about reptile cognition and welfare, some of the previous research on reptile handling and what we found in the study. I will also present the preliminary results of a subsequent study using corn snakes, Pantherophis guttatus, as yet unpublished.

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Guide Dogs UK – Implementing a dog centred approach to training, behaviour and welfare.

Sara McIver MSc DipCABT PACT-KSA, Training and Behaviour Consultant

15 September 2021 at 08:00pm : Members Only

Over the last five years, Guide Dogs UK has worked hard updating their training, behaviour and welfare policies. Sara works within a team of training and behaviour consultants responsible for upskilling all Guide Dog technical staff via webinars and practical workshops. The team have updated policies and processes relating to all aspects of training, behaviour and welfare and created a standardised training programme, based on the most up to date scientific and ethical methods. This programme is currently being rolled out across the organisation. During this webinar, Sara will give an insight into what this training programme looks like for both dogs and technical staff and how Guide Dogs UK has implemented these changes across the organisation to create a dog centred approach.

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Recorded Webinars

10 Years of the PAW Report: surveillance data on the behaviour and welfare of the UK’s pet dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Rachel Malkani and Emma Tipton


Available Until 9 August 2021 : £30.00

Published annually since 2011, the PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report provides UK companion animal welfare surveillance to identify trends and priorities, and to promote and monitor change. The 2020 report identified trends over the last decade in the provision of the 5 Welfare Needs of UK pets. Additionally, a post-lockdown survey provided early insights on the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on pet wellbeing. The surveys were conducted with YouGov, using their panel of over a million adults living in the UK to give nationally representative findings. Further data were collected from the veterinary professions to understand how welfare is perceived by those working in veterinary practice. We will discuss the changes of dog, cat, and rabbit welfare data, with a focus on behavioural impacts that have changed over the 10 years of the PAW Report and also where findings have remained consistent. Additionally, we will report on how the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have affect pet behaviour.

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TAKING CLINICAL ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR TO THE NEXT LEVEL - Sponsored by CEVA - Thinking about report writing: Increasing owner understanding and compliance

Helen Zulch

Available Until 11 August 2021 : Members Only

Writing reports for clients post consultation is a significant part of the work of a behaviour counsellor, but it’s generally a part of our job for which we receive little formal training. It’s very easy to fall into the habit of writing a report which we as an individual would like to read, or which we feel meets some professional expectation. However, to write a report that is of greatest value to our client, in order to aid understanding and adherence, means that we should be approaching report writing from the client’s perspective. This webinar will cover a range of aspects which should assist you in creating more client centric reports.

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Engaging Owners With Trauma-Informed Care and Treatment Plans

Rachel Leather

Available Until 10 December 2021 : £30.00

This webinar will explore two key evidence-based approaches to trauma recovery in children and young people (Polyvagal Theory and PLACE, a therapeutic parenting model based on the neuroscience of trauma and attachment) and their potential (and limitations) in clinical work with dogs impacted by trauma, with particular emphasis on engaging owners, fostering empathy and improving compliance. This includes access to a therapeutic toolkit that can help owners understand the impact of trauma and engage with the long-term and specialist support these dogs need.

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The Animal Welfare Assessment Grid for dogs

Rachel Malkani


Available Until 8 January 2022 : £30.00

The AWAG (Animal Welfare Assessment Grid ) has been developed into a user-friendly online tool for dogs. This research is assessing its use as a welfare assessment and decision-making tool for veterinary surgeons. The webinar will discuss development of the tool, results of pilot trials, and ongoing validation studies.

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Differential Diagnosis

Prof Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln

Available Until 12 November 2023 : Members Only

There is a need in our profession for a clear understanding of systematic methodology and the principles of differential diagnosis (what is it and what it is not). In this interactive session, Daniel Mills will explain the differential diagnosis protocol used at the University of Lincoln and answer questions. It is anticipated that this learning could be used, for example, to assist FABC members in writing up case reports in a format suitable for publication, participation in research, and to enable comparisons to be made across practitioners in a standardised way.

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Becoming an Expert Witness – what you need to know

David Ryan, PG Dip (CABC) CCAB


Available Until 31 December 2029 : Members Only

An Expert Witness requires an in-depth knowledge of their subject, but that’s not all. This short presentation provides an insight into the role of the Expert Witness and how it relates to the field of animal behaviour and welfare, including the legal system and what to expect if you are instructed.

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Full Conference Pack

Available Until 1 November 2021 : £85.00

The Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians inaugural annual conference took place on the 22 May 2021. We had an outstanding line up of internationally recognised experts in the field of animal behaviour speaking on our conference topic of “Post Covid and beyond!” This pack contains all five of the sessions.

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Rachel Casey - Seeking

Available Until 1 November 2021 : £20.00

This talk will introduce some theoretical background from neuroscience which helps understand the concept of ‘seeking’, before discussing how the behavioural consequences can lead to problems for our companion animal species living in human controlled environments – particularly when we and our animals are in an enforced lock down! The presentation includes insights on the importance of appropriately encouraging and directing appetitive behaviours to avoid the development of behaviours that are often regarded as undesirable. Finally, the talk will give examples of where abnormal or apparently functionless behaviours can arise for animals in sub-optimal environments.

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Jon Bowen - Fear & Anxiety

Available Until 1 November 2021 : £20.00

Jon will talk about emotional valence and arousal; how these form the basis of fear and anxiety, and how they affect behaviour. He will talk specifically about cognitive bias and the effects of arousal and excitability on decision making and performance, as these have an impact on behavioural diagnosis and therapy.

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Helen Zulch - Frustration

Available Until 1 November 2021 : £20.00

This talk will briefly discuss frustration as an emotional state from a theoretical perspective, before examining the sort of situations which are likely to trigger frustration in some of our companion animal species and how it is likely to be manifest. Finally, the importance of recognising this as a differential for a behaviour presentation and what this means for both treatment and prevention strategies will be covered.

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Sarah Heath - Social Play

Available Until 1 November 2021 : £20.00

Sarah will discuss the pandemic's impact on social play motivation in our pets and discuss the effect on availability of intra-specific social play & the implications of changes in human directed social play. She will also discuss the potential impact on social play motivated behaviours as the world settles into a new 'normal'.

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Daniel Mills - Grief/Loss in Companion Animals

Available Until 1 November 2021 : £20.00

As the pressures of lockdown hopefully ease, understanding the role of grief and importance of safe havens and secure bases to the animals we share our lives with can be critical to ensuring a comfortable transition to the new normal. I would like to suggest that doing this is perhaps the least we should do for them given the emotional support they have given us in this difficult time.

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