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Vets Becoming Behaviourally Savvy

Vets: Becoming Behaviourally Savvy

Sat Mar 19, 2022

Vets: Becoming Behaviourally Savvy

Time Sat Mar 19 2022 at 09:45 am to 05:30 pm

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Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (University of Edinburgh)`, Easter Bush Campus, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Vets: Becoming Behaviourally Savvy, 19 March | Event in Edinburgh | Vets: Becoming Behaviourally Savvy
An Introduction to Key Behaviour information for Vets in First Opinion Practice

About this Event

Having a basic understanding of the behaviour of the patients treated in veterinary facilities is key to offering a good, welfare friendly and compassionate service to both them and their owners. To assist in helping veterinary and veterinary nursing students to obtain behaviour information on dogs and cats, to complement that covered in their curricula, the British Veterinary Behaviour Association and Dogs Trust have partnered to provide free CPD events for veterinary and veterinary nursing students.

This event will cover a range of topics selected to help veterinary professionals feel more confident in managing the behavioural health of patients within their practice. Talks cover supporting new puppy and kitten owners to promote the behavioural health of their pets, understanding how pets learn and how we can best promote appropriate learning in a range of situations and finally, how we can approach behaviour problems presented to us in first opinion practice in order to provide pet and owner with the best possible advice and support.

This first in-person event will be held at Edinburgh Vet School in March 2022. Do Look out for future events at a vet school near you.

This event is designed for and aimed at Veterinary Students and Veterinary Nursing Students, as well as early career vets and veterinary nurses (those who graduated less than 2 years before the event). If you do not fall within either of these categories, please do not register but send an email expressing your interest in the event to bmljb2xhICEgaGFsc2UgfCBkb2dzdHJ1c3QgISBvcmcgISB1aw==. Your name will be placed on a waiting list and if, two weeks prior to the event we still have places available, we will offer these to the waiting list on a first come first served basis.


9:00 -9:45– Registration

9:45 -10:00– Welcome

10:00 – 11:00 – Interactive case study dog – Kris Glover, Dogs Trust

11:00 – 11: 10 – Introduction to Gen Pup

11:10 – 11:30 – Break

11:30 – 12:30 – An introduction to learning theory – Kris Glover, Dogs Trust

12:30 – 13:30 – Interactive case study cat – Nicky Trevorrow, BVBA/Cats Protection

13:30 – 13:45 – Q&A

13:45 – 14:15 – Lunch

14:15 – 14:30 - Introduction to BVBA

14:30 – 15:30 – Socialisation of dogs & cats, what is it and how do we promote good practice- Kris Glover, Dogs Trust & Nicky Trevorrow, BVBA/Cats Protection

15:30 – 16:30 – Applying learning theory in the practice (for behavioural first aid and dealing with patient behaviour and emotions) – Kevin McPeake, BVBA

16:30 – 16:40 – Introduction to Dog School

16:40 – 17:00 – Q&A

17:00 – Close


Kevin McPeake

Kevin is a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine, and is a lecturer in clinical animal behaviour at the University of Edinburgh. Since qualifying as a vet in 2005, Kevin spent a number of years in first opinion small animal practice before embarking on a PhD characterising frustration in dogs and a residency in behavioural medicine. Currently, Kevin teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and runs a behavioural referral clinic within the Hospital for Small Animals at the vet school.

Kris Glover

Kris has been employed by Dogs Trust as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist since April 2018. In February 2019 she took on the role of Manager for the Clinical Animal Behaviour team.

Previous to her employment with Dogs Trust she was self-employed and ran a private behavioural and training practise based in Berkshire from 2004-2018.

During her 16 year career in the pet behaviour industry she has seen over 4000 dog behaviour cases, and around 1000 cat behaviour cases. Behaviour problems she has worked with range from separation related issues, sound phobias, people and dog aggression as well as some more unusual cases such as idiopathic overnight bed wetting.

She very much enjoys working with humans and their pets, and has a special interest in how the relationship between dog and owner influences the success of behavioural rehabilitation programmes.

Kris has a BA (Hons) degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and a MSc also in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (accredited through ASAB).

Nicky Trevorrow

Nicky works in Cats Protection’s Veterinary Department as Behaviour Manager, implementing the charity’s strategy to promote feline behaviour and welfare. Nicky is a registered veterinary nurse. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Animal Behaviour. She undertook an Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Therapy from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton. Nicky is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. She’s a member of the International Cat Care’s Behavioural Advisory Panel and represents Cats Protection on the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. 

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For information on how to reach the campus please view the document here.

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