Vicki Gates, head veterinary nurse at Vets4Pets in Luton, has been awarded Ceva Animal Health UK’s Behaviour Bursary to fund the cost of attending the BVNA’s companion animal behaviour course.

Vicki Gates, head veterinary nurse at Vets4Pets in Luton, has been awarded Ceva Animal Health UK’s Behaviour Bursary to fund the cost of attending the BVNA’s companion animal behaviour course.

The prestigious course features well-respected speakers including Sarah Heath, David Appleby, Dr Anne McBride and Jon Bowen and consists of four modules:

  • Bursary winner Vicki GatesDogs and cats – understanding the difference,
  • The front line approach to behavioural problems,
  • Common canine conundrums, and
  • Frequent feline foibles.

Vicki said: “Since Vets4Pets Luton opened in August 2010 we have seen many, many pet owners asking for their pets to be euthanased because of behavioural problems such as cats urinating in the house and dogs biting them while out on walks.

“It has been a sudden awakening to a huge problem that I have never seen in such devastating numbers and we have a duty to the public to try and help prevent these issues.”

“The course will help improve the advice and services we can give to puppy and kitten owners by providing appropriate information on socialisation and training as well as specific behavioural consultations for both new pets and older animals in need. To further prevent problems, we also hope to hold educational client discussions in the evenings relating to specific areas of interest,” she added.

Julia Wood, product manager at Ceva Animal Health UK, said: “Vicki is a worthy winner of the Ceva bursary. Not only is she passionate about pet behaviour, but she is also committed to improving animal welfare through client education.”

 

  • For further details of the BVNA’s companion animal behaviour course, visit www.bvna.org.uk.
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