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Upcoming Webinars

Separation-Related Behaviour Problems in Horses

Jenni Nellist BSc(Hons) MSc

3 November 2021 at 07:30pm : £30.00

Stress caused by separation is a significant cause of injury in horses Horses that won’t ride out alone or settle at a show. Horses that won’t stay in, horses that won’t stay out. What should we being doing to help horses settle and listen to us when we work them alone. What can we do about horses with paddock anxiety, who pace fences, jump out, box walk, weave, and/or who are constantly calling out? An in-depth look at the science surrounding separation related behaviours in horses and other animals and what we can learn from it to apply to common herd-bound behaviours in horses.

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Donkey Days: understanding the donkey experience

Fiona Cooke

10 November 2021 at 07:30pm : £30.00

At The Donkey Sanctuary, we are constantly developing and exploring new ways to understand our donkeys. Using QBA (Qualitative Behaviour Assessment) alongside a number of our other tools for welfare assessment allows us to understand more about how donkeys experience their lives and how we can improve their welfare. We have undertaken a number of exciting and innovative projects to further our understanding of how donkeys experience different activities, environments and interventions. Alongside informing our understanding of donkey experiences during everyday care, and in welfare, veterinary and behaviour cases, we have investigated new ways of managing our donkeys, identifying approaches to further support their wellbeing as individuals and when living in groups. This talk will share insights from recent projects, discussing what we have found so far and what it means for the welfare of donkeys.

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Recorded Webinars

Equine Repetitive behaviour

Dr Andrew Hemmings & Loni Loftus

Available Until 28 October 2021 : £30.00

Starting with some brain-basics, this session will go on to consider the most recent advances in the neurophysiology of repetitive equine behaviour, and how this data can be applied usefully to the training and wellbeing of stereotypy performing horses. There will then be some case presentations for discussion.

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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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How to handle your dragon and other reptilian tales

Vicky Stockley BSc (Hons) MSc


Available Until 5 February 2022 : £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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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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