Difference between Clinical animal behaviourist and Animal behaviour technician
Differences at a glance:
- Level of difficulty: master level vs bachelor level
- Study load: 60 ECTS vs 40 ECTS
- Difference in assessments: more formative and summative assignments in CAB
- Language demands: completely in English (CAB) or possibility to do (the assessment of) some modules in Dutch
- Difference in learning on behaviour problems: pathological vs insufficient/wrong learning experiences
Let’s have a look what could be the right course for you.
Animal behaviour technician
- Bachelor level
- 40 ECTS – 10 workshop days
- No formative assessments, less summative assessments, more multiple choice exams.
- Language: all learning material is in English but you are able to submit assignments in Dutch when the corrector is Dutch-speaking. We try to form Dutch-speaking workshop groups. You are able to use a translation and/or explanatory dictionary on the exam.
- Focus on giving advice to prevent behaviour problems
- Focus on the treatment of behavior problems due to insufficient or wrong management and learning experiences.
- Professional possibilities: you will use management and training exercises for rehabilitation of the animals under your care. ABT’s may work in larger organisations or companies like a vet clinic, animal shelter, dog training center or run their own behavioural services.
- Tuition fee (over two years): €5.200
Clinical animal behaviourist
- High academic course level more in direction of a master level
- 60 ECTS – 10 workshop days
- Formative and summative assignments except for one module.
- Language: all learning material is in English. All assessments (assignments, exams) are in English. You are able to use an explanatory (English) dictionary on the exam.
- On top of giving advice on behaviour problems you will focus on developing a behavioural diagnosis of pathological behaviour
- Learning to treat pathological behaviour through the use of psychopharmacology yourself if you are a veterinarian, or in cooperation with a veterinarian if you are not a veterinarian yourself
- You will conduct a research project in group under supervision of an expert.
- CAB’s may run their own behavioural referral practice or consider an academic career
- Tuition fee (over two years): €7.800