Programme: Clinical Animal Behaviour MSc


This new online MSc is the first and only online programme in Clinical Animal Behaviour.

The study of the application of behaviour for dealing with animal behaviour problems is an area of increasing interest in applied ethology and veterinary medicine. Referred to as clinical animal behaviour, the subject involves an evidence based approach for treating and managing a wide variety of abnormal and/or problem behaviours performed by captive domestic animals. The subject involves a multidisciplinary approach drawing on knowledge and techniques from the fields of psychology, ethology, neurobiology, pharmacology and veterinary science. This programme will contain teaching and learning that is aimed at the academic preparation of students for a professional career in the management of animal behaviour in a variety of settings, including clinical animal behaviour counselling.

Alongside the subject content, the programme will also enable the acquisition of a range of transferable skills, such as computer skills, report writing, giving online presentations and time and project management.

You will be able to:

  • Consider how a scientific understanding of how biology and normal species specific behaviour can be applied in the management of problematic and/or abnormal behaviour in a range of companion animal species.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the methods and approaches used for the management and treatment of common problematic behaviour in companion animals.
  • Gain an understanding of the scientific basis to a range of adjuncts used in the management of problem behaviour, including behavioural therapy, psychopharmacology, and pheromonotherapy

To find out more, visit the programme website.

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