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Upcoming Webinars

Update on Introducing Psychometric Tools into Behaviour Consultations

Danial Mills & Kevin McPeake

19 January 2022 at 07:30pm : £30.00

This webinar will discuss the practical implementation of recent findings of research undertaken at Lincoln University regarding the use of psychometric tools in the diagnosis of animal behaviour conditions. Professor Mills and Dr. Kevin McPeake will discuss with attendees how the techniques have assisted them in clinical practice and also open up a discussion with attendees who have been implementing the techniques in their own clinical practice.

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

Lauren Finka PhD

26 January 2022 at 07:30pm : £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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Cognitive development and ageing in pet dogs

Lisa Wallis PhD

23 February 2022 at 07:30pm : £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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Pandemic Puppies: Current and future risks to canine behaviour and welfare

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

16 March 2022 at 07:30pm : £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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The social support people get from pets, and its relevance to practice

Jon Bowen BVetMed DipAS(CABC) MRCVS

6 April 2022 at 07:30pm : £20.00

Although intuitively we expect people to gain a lot of social support for their pets, this is not a subject that has been studied in much detail until recently. The pandemic made us all much more aware of the social support we gain, or miss, from our families, our friends and our pets. in this talk I will present some of the findings from our studies on social support, with some discussion of how it might be an important factor to consider in clinical cases.

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The role of lifestyle in owner-reported undesirable behaviours in felines

Rae Foreman Msc

4 May 2022 at 07:30pm : £20.00

As more of our domestic cats move permanently indoors, it has been suggested that this is negatively impacting both their welfare and levels of owner-reported undesirable behaviours. But what is it about lifestyle that contributes towards these differences?

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A clinical trial of behaviour therapy for stranger-fearful dogs

Helena Hale PhD

15 June 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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What factors influence the way we interact with cats and what does this mean for cat wellbeing and human behaviour change?

Lauren Finka PhD

6 July 2022 at 07:30pm : £20.00

This talk will discuss new research findings focused on quantifying the diversity of humans’ styles of interacting with cats, understanding the role individual differences may play (e.g. personality, previous experiences with cats), and how this information might be useful in supporting cat wellbeing and positive human behaviour change.

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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

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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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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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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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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