ISFM Advanced Feline Behaviour for Veterinary Professionals

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If you believe cats should be treated with care, compassion and understanding, then this is the course for you!

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills in many areas of feline behaviour to ensure you can:

  • Reduce feline stress during visits to the veterinary clinic
  • Incorporate behaviour into your welfare assessment of cats
  • Effectively educate your clients on how best to meet their cats’ behavioural needs
  • Understand how cats develop problem behaviours, how to prevent them and how to provide first aid behavioural advice when clients’ cats present with problem behaviour

"We are very excited to be able to offer this course, written by a multidisciplinary team of recognised experts. Cats are so unique in their behaviour and the more we understand them, the better we can care for them" Dr Sarah Ellis, iCatCare Feline Behaviour Specialist

Who can complete this course?

This course is aimed at Veterinary Nurses and technicians with a particular interest in feline behaviour or those studying towards a veterinary qualification.

Please read! Important information While the course is designed to give the learner an overview of the various problem behaviours can occur in cats, the course is not designed to teach you to become a qualified cat behaviourist. However, it will be of great use for anyone wishing to pursue a career in clinical animal behaviour or for those already qualified, by providing a solid foundation in many aspects of cat behaviour.

Course Outline

Module 1: What am I and where did I come from?
Learning about the behavioural ecology, evolution and domestication of the cat will help you understand what makes a cat a cat and the relevance of this to veterinary practice and your clients.

Module 2: What do I perceive and what can I say?
Getting to grips with the feline senses and how they are utilised in communication will help you understand the best ways to interact with cats, as well as how to manage cat–cat relationships.

Module 3: Will I grow up to be happy?
Studying the behavioural development and behavioural health of kittens will aid your ability to educate your clients on how to give their kittens the best chance at becoming well adjusted pets, as well as ensuring that you provide positive experiences to kittens in the veterinary clinic.

Module 4: What do I feel and am I ok?
By being able to recognise the different emotions cats can feel, you will become better skilled at recognising early signs of distress and pain.

Module 5: Creating cat friendly homes
Put your newly found knowledge into practice and develop the skills to help cats lead as stress-free lives as possible at home.

Module 6: What do I know and what can I learn?
Understanding how cats learn and how they perceive and evaluate the world around them will help you to develop the training skills to put this knowledge into practice to help reduce stress for cats coming to your clinic.

Module 7: Creating cat friendly clinics
Learn how to make your veterinary clinic behaviourally friendly, your team behaviourally aware and develop the skillset to solve behavioural dilemmas.

Module 8 & 9: Clinical animal behaviour (2 modules)
By gaining an understanding of problem behaviours in cats – how to prevent them, what causes them, how they might interplay with disease, what medication may help, what behavioural first aid is appropriate and when more specialist help is needed – you will be better equipped to take the right action to help reduce the prevalence of problem behaviours seen in your clinic.

Course Details

How long will the course take?

  • The course runs over 24 months and is divided into 9 modules. Each module contains a number of short assessment activities, all of which will be due by the end of the 10-week module.
  • If for any reason you are unsuccessful in passing a module, you will have the opportunity to re-sit. You will be given the opportunity to re-sit a maximum of two modules (the same module twice or two different modules). A fee of £45 plus VAT will apply for each resit to cover the cost of administration and remarking assessments.
  • In extenuating circumstances, we may consider deferral to the next cohort for a fee of £125 plus VAT. Places on the course can only be deferred for one year and on one occasion only.

How much does it cost?

Course cost is: £995.00. Please note that the course must be fully paid up before you start.

Discount If your practice is a current ISFM Practice Member, there is a discount of £45 available.

To claim your discount apply the code MBFBAC45 at the checkoutISFM Practice Membership status will be verified before the course start date. Please be aware that there will be no refund if the course is not started or completed unless there are extraordinary circumstances and this is at the discretion of International Cat Care.


Further Info

You will be able to use the post-nominal ISFMAdvCertFB on completion of the course.

Please check you have understood and you meet all advertised prerequisites for the course. Please also read the terms and conditions for our distance education courses.

How do I enrol?

To enrol for this course, click the ‘Enrol’ button below. You will have the option to pay via invoice or credit card at the checkout stage. If you have any difficulty with the enrolment process, please contact courses@icatcare.org.

57 seats available.
Price: £995.00
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