Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?.

This course is suitable for Vets, Veterinary Nurses/Techs and all supporting veterinary staff.

There are a huge number of behavioural issues in dogs, where pain may be a component. From the most obvious, where touch or movement elicits pain (and dogs therefore react to this with aggression, avoidance or appeasement), to less obvious signs, for example exaggerated fear responses (sound sensitivity in particular).

Chronic pain can also have a significant impact on quality of life, can affect mood and in turn also, anxiety and pleasure.

If you would like to delve deeper and truly understand the link between Canine Behaviour and Pain. And in particular, how to overcome this challenge within the veterinary clinic environment, when emotional arousal plays a big part in masking the subtle signs.

Then this bitesize course is perfect for you.

What will I Learn?

  • How to identify pain from behavioural changes.

  • The link between pain and depression in Dogs.

  • The relationship between chronic physical discomfort and emotional discomfort.

  • Different types of pain.

  • Cognitive and emotional components of pain.

  • Free work to improve posture and balance.

Why gaining an understanding of the behavioural implications of pain is so important.

One of the biggest constraints for the general practitioner in the detection of pain is the lack of time with the patient and the inability to observe the animal in a variety of situations where pain is most likely to have a significant effect on their behaviour.

The importance of the identification and management of both acute and chronic pain in a veterinary context has become increasingly recognised over recent years. For those working in general practice, consideration of behavioural indicators can be extremely beneficial in increasing the detection rate.

Learning to recognise these often subtle signs within the veterinary practice setting can dramatically improve the quality of life for canine patients.

This bitesize course will equip you with the new skills and knowledge to confidently observe and report on changes to aid the diagnosis and the subsequent treatment and recovery of canine patients in your nursing care.

How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

Upon completion of this 1-Hour on-demand Bitesize CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

This course comes with a PDF download of the course notes, a downloadable handout on setting up free work exercises and a multiple choice quiz at the end to release your CPD certificate.

This course comes with lifetime access.

Lisa Hird

Instructor Bio:

Lisa Hird

I have two rescue dogs of my own and I have worked with dogs for over 30 years. Educated to degree level I have a great deal of experience with all breeds, supporting a number of dog rescues. I am joint Principal and tutor for ISCP -The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour Ltd, delivering training on canine behaviour. I also own Dog Behaviour Clinic, using only force free methods providing the owner with effective management and training skills. I undertake veterinary referrals and work very closely with my own Vets. Creating a fear free, co-operative care experience for dogs is my passion. I do not use cruel or harsh methods. I believe in relationship centred training and being aware of what the dog is saying to us through his body language. We must always consider the emotional needs of the individual dog.

Course curriculum