Humans live in close contact with animals. The foundations for a lifelong happy human animal relationship are created when proper care is provided. When the biological, behavioural and emotional needs of the pet are not met the welfare of the animal is at risk. It may develop health or behavioural problems which may result in a breakdown of the relationship and well-being of both the animal and its owners.
The goal of Odisee’s Companion Animal Training, Behaviour Counselling and Welfare program is to provide professionals in the animal care sector with an accredited course based on the latest scientific knowledge. We focus on companion animals being dogs, cats, small mammals and horses.
We choose for a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on scientific knowledge and techniques from ethology, biology, psychology veterinary science, anthrozoology, animal cognition, law and ethics and welfare science.
Click the link below to check if you meet the profile of Animal Training Instructor.
You are interested in companion animal behaviour, welfare and training for the prevention of or dealing with problem behaviours.
You might already work with companion animals and want to broaden or top up your skills or are interested in a career in the companion animal businesses.
You are (or will be) teaching owners/handlers how to introduce and reinforce desirable behaviours, how to avoid and/or extinguish undesirable behaviours, ensuring that training progresses at an appropriate rate, goals are met and the training is evaluated to ensure each of the above. This role is teaching the owner/handler to train the animal. This can be done during group classes such as for example by running puppy classes or at an individual basis during rehabilitation training sessions that you might develop on your own initiative or as part of a behaviour modification program developed by a Clinical Animal Behaviorist.
Our courses combine online learning with practical workshops. Online lectures given by international experts in the field are used to introduce theoretical concepts, provide information that is not easily accessible through other sources or discuss and highlight specific topics. Academics that are at the forefront of the field facilitate and guide the learning of individual students towards achieving the learning outcomes of the courses. During the practical workshops in small groups you develop under the supervision of tutors your practical skills in animal training and communication.
This course includes 5 workshop days of intense training to fine-tune your training and communication skills in small groups consisting of 4 to 6 students at Dierenbeschermingscentrum Limburg (Born) in The Netherlands.
This course takes one year. Modules (total: 30 ECTS credits):
M1 Ethology of companion animals - 4 ECTS credits
M2 The welfare of companion animals - 4 ECTS credits
M3 Learning theory and animal training - 12 ECTS credits
M4 Communication and instruction - 8 ECTS credits
M5 Animal law and ethics - 2 ECTS credits
A more detailled program will be published later. The course is given in English and Dutch. More information on the Dutch-speaking program in our brochure.
At the end of the course you:
Have an in-depth understanding of the normal behaviour, behavioural needs and welfare of companion animals.
Create and implement training programs using humane training techniques to achieve the set goals in a class situation and during individual training sessions.
Have the social and communicative skills to accurately provide information and give instructions to the animal’s owner/hander necessary to achieve the agreed goals.
Fees are paid on a year-by-year basis at the start of each year. The course of Animal Training Instructor costs €3.600.
Small companies in Flanders can pay this course through KMO-portefeuille (number DV.O215752).
30 ECTS credits
Odisee University College (Belgium)
DAVALON, Knowledge in Pet Coaching (The Netherlands)
The course starts on 17th September 2018.
Detailed programme in the link below.
Watch this video for more information (as from 10th of July)
You are welcome at the info session on Saturday 8th of September 2018 at 11AM at Campus Waas (Sint-Niklaas). The course coordinator Jolanda Pluijmakers will explain more about the different online courses in Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare in Odisee. You do not need to register for this info session.
Odisee offered a Postgraduate Course in Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare (46 ECTS credits) as from 2015-2016. In 2018 we made some changes to the program. Students can now choose between the following roles: Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Animal Behaviour Technician, Animal Training Instructor, Animal Trainer. You can find more information on the former course in the ECTS-files and brochure.