This two year part-time course is designed to specifically fulfil the requirements for those working practically with dogs in the re-homing centre environment. Although the content is evidence based from the most up-to-date research, it is presented in an accessible style, and with a focus on practical implementation. The teaching is based at the Vet School at the University of Bristol in the Animal Welfare and Behaviour Group.
Teaching involves a mixture of lecture sessions, seminars and practical sessions, to ensure that participants have the opportunity to discuss the information and approaches covered and also put the theory into practice under the guidance of tutors. The aim is for participants to finish the course not only with a comprehensive understanding of the behaviour of dogs, but an ability to implement their understanding in practical situations, from interviewing relinquishing owners and evaluating dogs entering the kennel, to doing basic rehabilitation techniques, evaluating the welfare of individual dogs, and giving new owners follow up advice.
The course is divided into five units, each of which runs over a full week. The units are:
Following Units 2, 3 and 4 students will attend an associated 2 day practical session, which will be held at a re-homing centre. Details of practical work will be provided during the residential unit at Langford.
Assessment for the course will be based around assignments and practical tasks. Delegates will be expected to complete a number of different assessments for each unit. Each of these assignments will contribute towards the overall mark for the course.
Please contact Dr Emily Blackwell for more information or if you have any questions: