A leading provider of animal behaviour training has launched a Level 4 course specifically designed for veterinary nurses.
A leading provider of animal behaviour training has launched a Level 4 course specifically designed for veterinary nurses (VNs).
The Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE) runs courses for pet owners interested in behaviour basics, as well as more advanced courses for vets, nurses and behaviourists.
It has now launched a one-year Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training for VNs wanting to run behaviour clinics and training classes and the course is equivalent to the first year of a degree.
Jo Scott, RVN and course tutor at COAPE, said the course was created following a surge in demand for behaviour courses from VNs.
“There is definitely a growing interest in behaviour among VNs,” she said.
“People turn to the vet on behaviour but vets haven’t always got the time or the specialist knowledge to deal with it – VNs are often the ones left to pick up the pieces.”
The diploma consists of six modules, including four taught over residential weekends, with topics ranging from neurophysiology and emotional development of cats and dogs to assessing behaviour, factors that affect companion animal learning and behavioural pharmacology.
It costs just under £5,000, however, discounts are available to members of the British Veterinary Nursing Association. To celebrate the course launch COAPE is also running an online competition for VNs to win a place on the diploma.
In addition to the diploma, COAPE has also introduced a series of remote learning courses for nurses, including a Level 3 certificate and Level 4 diploma in feline nursing, written by the Feline Advisory Bureau, and a Level 3 certificate in canine nursing.
“Nurses do the job as a vocation and get hands on with the animals, they are in an ideal position to help with behaviour,” Jo concluded. “Behaviour is also an addictive subject once you get into it.”
To find out more about COAPE’s new courses and to take part in the quiz to win a place on the diploma visit the centre’s website.