ADN120 – Advance15 Foundations of Behavioural Medicine for Veterinary Nurses

£497.00 (+VAT)

15 Hours of Fully Flexible Online CPD / CE

This course starts on Monday 5th May 2025, with the last session taking place on Thursday 29th May 2025.

Foundations of Behavioural Medicine is an essential area of small animal practice where veterinary nurses can play a key role. Register now for this fully flexible, interactive online course and get all the help you need to provide help and advice to your patients and their owners.

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Learn in your own time with this fully flexible Advance15TM Course.

This entirely online course in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine is for you if you’re a nurse and you’d like to learn how to address specific behavioural problems in your small animal patients. This is a general level course suitable for recent graduates and nurses who’ve been qualified for some years. In this interactive course, we’ll discuss how the mental, emotional and physical health of your patients are inter-connected, review and evaluate cases and real-life scenarios, look at different treatment options for patients with behavioural problems and provide practical tools and tips that you can start using immediately in your consulting room.

Enjoy unlimited access to your course materials for a full 12 months. Get the help you need to deal effectively with your small animal behavioural problem patients.

Complete the course and get your CPD / CE Certificate for 15 Hours of learning.

Use your new knowledge and skills straight away in your practice.
Revisit your course materials at any time during your 12 months’ access to refresh your knowledge whenever you have a relevant patient.

Session 1: Why we, as the veterinary team, need to be involved in the management of behaviour problems

  • How does behaviour medicine fit into everyday practice life? Is it behavioural or is it medical – or is it both?
  • Recognising signs of Fear, Anxiety and Stress in our patients

We will begin with the interplay of mental, emotional and physical health and how one can impact the other. We will address how we can make clinic visits less stressful for our patients and why that is important for clinical outcome.

We will also discuss how we can differentiate between behavioural and physical medical causes of behaviour problems and how that impacts treatment options and welfare.

Session 2: In the Clinic Problem Behaviour or Behaviour Problem?

  • Practical tips to creating a stress-free environment for pets, owners and the team Dealing with commonly asked owner questions part 1 – elimination problems
  • Dealing with anxious, fearful, and aggressive patients

In this session, we will look at commonly asked owner questions when it comes to their pet’s behaviour. We will address toilet training in dogs, elimination problems in cats and nuisance behaviours such as digging, mouthing, chewing and jumping in dogs and excessive vocalizing, unwanted hunting, jumping onto unwanted surfaces and more in cats.

We will also discuss what it might look like to set up a Nurses’ Behaviour Clinic in your practice.

Session 3: Problem Behaviour or Behaviour Problem?

  • Dealing with commonly asked owner questions part 1 – elimination problems
  • Dealing with commonly asked owner questions part 2 – nuisance behaviours

In this session, we will look at the tools of the trade when it comes to optimizing the patient experience in the clinic, which will have a positive impact on clinical outcome, the patient, the client, the team and the business.

Session 4: At Home

  • Behavioural First Aid strategies for dogs
  • Behavioural First Aid strategies for cats

In this final session, we will look at safe recommendations that can be made to pet owners who are facing behavioural challenges with their pets. We will discuss when to refer, either to a Veterinary Behaviourist or other specialist and what you, as nurses, can do to support the client and pet on this journey.

What do Vet Nurses Say About this Course?

‘Absolutely brilliant and informative course. As a consulting nurse RVN in practice this course has helped me so much! looking at ways from car to consult room of what we can improve to make all visits less stressful – sensory use, expand and build on the confidence sessions I already do and engage more vets in the process.’

‘Very informative, based at the correct level and great notes. Picked up a lot of tips which I can use in consults and within the practice, Should help in everyday practice, handling inpatients and advising clients.’

‘Katrin clearly very knowledgeable. Aspects that I could incorporate into my daily duties. Handling, giving high value treats. Knowing that reducing stress is paramount over ‘getting the job done.’ Advice/suggestions for first aid behavioural issues.’


Dr Katrin Jahn, DrMedVet, CertVA, MANZCVS (Veterinary Behaviour), MRCVS

ACVB & ECAWBM Resident In Veterinary Behaviour Medicine

Certified Fear Free Professional


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