The content of the course and required professional standards will be based on the latest scientific knowledge and insights from four recent research programs into dog bite prevention commissioned by the Dutch government, of which the course coordinator of the Odisee Bite Prevention Program was the leading researcher.
Postgraduate course Clinical Animal Behaviourist - Dog Bite Prevention
For dog behaviourists specializing in behaviour consultations, with the aim assessing bite risk and develop behaviour modification programs to decrease the risk of dogs that are identified as having a higher bite risk, have been involved in a bite incident or near bite incident.
This course will be provided at a postgraduate level in Dutch and English and starts in the academic year 2020-2019 (October 2020).
This standard relates to the clinical application of the science of dog behaviour and welfare with the aim the prevention and treatment of welfare and behaviour problems in dogs with a specific focus on the prevention, assessment and treatment of dogs displaying aggression problems or having been involved in a bite incident.
This standard involves understanding how to prevent, assess and address welfare problems, behaviour problems and bite risks in dogs. How to evaluate, prevent or address problematical and pathological behaviours within individual dogs, the development of suitable environments and management/treatment programs that are expected to be effective and safe, based on best practice and scientific evidence. The diagnosis and treatment of pathological behaviour and the use of psychopharmacological interventions, the latter is conducted in cooperation with a veterinary surgeon if the behaviourist is not a qualified veterinarian.
This standard is suitable for those with responsibility for assessing, planning and managing humane approaches to provide optimal welfare to dogs. For assessing, planning and managing humane approaches to bite prevention and pathological and problem behaviour of dogs, who wish to acquire an extensive understanding of clinical animal behaviour and the related scientific/clinical literature.
• Module 1: The ethology of dogs - 4 credits
• Module 2: Learning theory and dog training - 6 credits
Part 1: Learning theory (70 hours) - Part 2: Animal training (80 hours)
• Module 3: Quality of life and behavioural assessments of dogs - 4 credits
• Module 4: The anatomy and physiology and the interaction between health and behaviour - 6 credits
• Module 5: Dogs and people in our society, animal law and ethics - 4 credits
• Module 6: Clinical procedures - 8 credits
Part 1: Diagnoses of behaviour problems in dogs - Part 2: Treatment of behaviour problems in dogs - Part 3: 40 hours workshop week)
• Module 7: Dog bite prevention from theory to practice – 8 credits (Bite prevention the theoretical framework - Bite prevention in practice: 40 hours workshop week)
Modules 1-2-3-4 are organised in the first year (20 ECTS); modules 5-6-7 are organised in the second year (20 ECTS).
The tuition fee is €2.400 for the first year and €2.400 for the second year.
Our course combines 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 dog training and communication.
This course includes 20 days of intensive training in groups with a maximum of 4 to 6 students in dog handling, training and the development of appropriate communication skills at the animal shelter ‘Dierenbeschermingscentrum Limburg’ situated in Born The Netherlands. Ten days are scheduled during the first year and ten during the second year of the course.
You have (at least) a bachelor degree (level 6) with a good command of the English language. You are a EU citizin (+ Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein).
If you do not have a bachelor degree you can apply for admission through an evaluation of your portfolio and submission of a motivation letter (you will however not obtain a postgraduate certificate).
160 hours practical workshop
Odisee University College (Belgium)
DAVALON, Knowledge in Pet Coaching (The Netherlands)
The course starts in October 2020.
After successful completion of the course you will receive a Postgraduate certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour-Dog Bite Prevention of Odisee University College. This certificate is an academically recognized qualification.
You can find more detailed information on the different modules in the program outline (ECTS).