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Animal Training and Behaviour

Animal Training and Behaviour

In recent years an increased emphasis on the role of behaviour in veterinary practice has heightened the demand from clients for behavioural support for their companion animals.

At Central College of Animal Studies, our series of animal training and behaviour courses provide veterinary surgeons, nurses and behaviour practitioners with the valuable practical skills and knowledge required for professional practise.

Our courses have been developed to allow for flexible learning. With an emphasis on both practical and academic learning, students are able to study from home and while at work. Further, we offer flexible enrolment so students can begin the course at a time most convenient to them.

Students will also benefit from highly experienced teaching staff. Loni Loftus is the Veterinary Behaviour Programme Leader for our animal training and behaviour courses. She holds a BSc(Hons) in Equine Science and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and has over 10 years experience of working in equine training and behaviour. For more information on Loni, click here.

The Central College animal behaviour and training courses map to the practical and academic industry standards of the main professional bodies, including the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour’s (ASAB) Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) scheme and the Animal Behaviour and Training Council’s (ABTC) practitioner standards for Animal Trainer (AT), Animal Training Instructor (ATI) and Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB).


Current Animal Training and Behaviour Courses On Offer

Diploma in Companion Animal Training

The Diploma in Companion Animal Training aims to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of companion animal training, enabling candidates to become competent and qualified animal trainers.

The course teaches and assesses the theoretical and practical application of animal training, including the ethology of companion animals, learning theory and its application in animal training, training and handling skills, as well as the study of animal law and ethics.

Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training

In continuation of the Diploma in Companion Animal Training, this advanced qualification has been developed to provide a sound theoretical knowledge of animal ethology in the keeping and training of a variety of companion animal species.

The Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training involves the study of human and family psychology, alongside animal anatomy, physiology, health and behaviour, in order to increase theoretical and practical knowledge of the physiological and psychological factors that affect the relationship between animal and owner.

Professional Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour

The Professional Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour is aimed at those with the responsibility for planning and managing humane approaches to inappropriate behaviour in animals and who have an extensive understanding of clinical animal behaviour and the related scientific/clinical literature.

The qualification has been developed to teach and assess the clinical application of the science of animal behaviour; that is, the modification of undesirable, inappropriate, problematic or dangerous behaviours, including those with a potential link to pathologies that require diagnosis in collaboration with a veterinary surgeon.

About Us

Central College is a further education college specialising in veterinary and animal care studies. With close links to veterinary practices, we provide a wide range of full and part time work-based learning programmes and apprenticeships.

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