University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

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.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to 1st or upper 2nd Class Honours in the UK or 3.25 GPA score), with a biological background, for example a degree in: Veterinary medicine/veterinary science; biological sciences; zoology; psychology; animal/equine science. Those working within 1 of the key topic areas, but who do not have a relevant degree (stated above), may also be considered. Once enrolled, completion of the 3 core courses is a pre-requisite for progression to subsequent courses. If English is not your 1st language, you must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS Academic: Total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: Total 92 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): Total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the 'Enabling Skills' sections are not considered); CAE and CPE: Total 176 (at least 169 in each module).

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 6 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Scotland) 6 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Wales) 6 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (England) 6 years
MSc On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (International) 6 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Scotland) 2 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Wales) 2 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (England) 2 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (International) 2 years
PgCert On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (England) 4 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (International) 4 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Scotland) 4 years
PgDip On-line study September 2016 GBP 1,445 per Credit (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

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University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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