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A clinical trial of behaviour therapy for stranger-fearful dogs

Helena Hale PhD

3 August 2022 at 07:30pm : £20.00

Helena will give an insight into context and findings of the clinical research she conducted during her PhD at the University of Bristol. Her project involved providing behavioural treatment for stranger-fearful dogs and assessing treatment efficacy through a suite of welfare measures.

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Annual Conference - Behavioural, Medical or both: The vital link!

3rd September 2022 at 9.30am

The Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians are delighted to be able to invite you to our 2nd annual conference on the 3 September 2022.
We have an outstanding line up of internationally recognised experts in the field of animal behaviour and veterinary medicine who will be speaking on our conference topic of Behavioural, Medical or both: The vital link! - Click here for more information

The long-term impact of sudden changes in leaving patterns on dog separation-related behaviour

Naomi Harvey PhD BSc

14 September 2022 at 07:30pm : £20.00

The Dogs Trust Research Team launched a survey in May 2020 to gather data on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on dogs and dog owners around the UK. Over 7,000 dog owners took part in the study, and subsets of these owners were also followed up by subsequent surveys in October 2020, and October 2021.

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Understanding and dealing with the effects of animal behaviour problems upon pet owners' mental health

Anna Maria Barcelos DVM

12 October 2022 at 07:30pm : £20.00

This presentation will cover the impact of pet behaviour problems on human mental health and propose some ideas/alternatives on how to approach this issue.

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UK Public Perceptions of Dog Behaviours

Lauren Samet PhD MSc BSc

9 November 2022 at 07:30pm : £20.00

Dogs Trust’s Research Team launched a survey in May 2021 to gather data on how the UK public perceived various types of dog behaviour. The survey involved participants viewing 5 videos and scoring the emotions they thought dogs were experiencing in the video, as well as noting which behaviours they thought demonstrated this, and what they thought they would do in response to the dog in the video. Over 5000 people took part, with 4133 people viewing and completing information for 4 or more videos. The data captured were compared to that provided by eight dog behaviour experts that filled in the same questionnaire. This talk will run through the findings from the survey and discuss them in relation to how we, as Dogs Trust, can use them to support the UK public’s safety, knowledge and experiences around dogs, as well as promote a better understanding of dog behaviour, emotion and welfare across the UK.

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Recorded Webinars

Set Yourself Up to Succeed in Business

Gretta Ford CCAB, PG Cert CAB, MA (HONS)

Available Until 11 July 2022 : Members Only

Most common business mistakes made by animal training and behaviour professionals (and how to avoid them!). Suitable for those new to business or experienced professionals.

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What motivates aggressive behaviour in horses and donkeys? An exploration.

Kayna Prescott BSc (Hons) ABTC-CAB Cert ESMT

Available Until 9 August 2022 : £20.00

Moody mares? Dominant horses? Aggressive stallions? When horses or donkeys show aggressive behaviour during handling or towards other equines it can lead to serious injury for people or other animals. But the aggressor can also suffer through social isolation, experiencing increased restriction or more severe handling equipment. In order to make sense of the aggression we see in the domestic setting, we will take a look at the science behind aggression including the ethological function of aggression and why learning matters.

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Equine psychopharmacology

Gemma Pearson BVMS Cert AVP (Equine Medicine) MScR CCAB MRCVS

Available Until 29 September 2022 : £30.00

Psychopharmacology is now well accepted component of treatment in companion animal behavioural medicine alongside a behaviour modification programme. In horses psychopharmacology is still in its infancy but may be appropriate in certain cases. This webinar will start by providing a simple explanation for how these drugs work. Each drug will then be evaluated in turn, discussing the current literature, important considerations for use and case studies as seen by the presenter.

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Separation-Related Behaviour Problems in Horses

Jenni Nellist BSc(Hons) MSc

Available Until 3 November 2022 : £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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Cognitive development and ageing in pet dogs

Lisa Wallis PhD

Available Until 4 November 2022 : £20.00

I examined different cognitive domains, including general and social cognition, as well as basic control processes of the pet dog, and investigated the degree to which age affects the dogs’ cognitive abilities utilising the Vienna Canine Cognitive Battery (VCCB), and the Vienna comparative cognition technology (VCCT). By exploring the development of different cognitive functions over the lifespan of pet Border collies from 6 months to old age, I was able to determine when the dogs cognitively matured and when the effect of aging began. I found differing trajectories of maturational and ageing effects for the different domains and processes measured.

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What do we know about human-cat interactions and what does best practice look like?

Lauren Finka PhD

Available Until 9 February 2023 : £20.00

This talk will provide a summary of the background literature within this area as well as discuss the positive impact of a newly developed set of best practice cat interaction guidelines on cats comfort, wellbeing and human directed behaviour during human-cat interactions

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Pandemic Puppies: Current and future risks to canine behaviour and welfare

Rowena Packer BSc (Hons) PhD PGCert(VetEd) FHEA

Available Until 16 March 2023 : £20.00

Widespread media reports and industry data suggest that unusually high numbers of the public purchased, or sought to purchase, puppies following the first ‘lockdown’ phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK, dubbed the “Pandemic Puppy” phenomenon. Data suggest that the purchasing process and early lives of pandemic puppies markedly differed from UK puppies purchased prior to the pandemic. But why does this matter? This session will explore how and why this phenomenon occurred in the UK, and its potential impacts on the current and future welfare of dogs bought during this unprecedented period, from the development of behaviour and health problems, through to relinquishment and euthanasia risks. Finally, we will reflect on how the UK behaviourist community can best support dogs and their owners to avoid, where possible, and mitigate, where present, the problems and risks discussed.

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Equestrianism disciplines: a behavioural perspective

Debbie Busby

Available Until 24 March 2023 : £20.00

Debbie will review a number of popular equestrian disciplines including dressage, jumping, hacking out and trail riding, looking at the behavioural strengths and challenges they present. What do they offer our horses in terms of promoting well-being, and how can we maximise their positive contribution to horses' domestic life?

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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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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 2029 : 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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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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