12th May 2009, 12:17pm
New Masters in clinical animal behaviour launched at Lincoln
New Masters in clinical animal behaviour launched at Lincoln A new Masters programme is being launched at the University of Lincoln to produce the next generation of problem pet gurus.

The MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour will equip students with the knowledge and skills to diagnose and manage the root causes of bad behaviour in cantankerous cats, disruptive dogs and other troublesome companion animals.

The Masters programme, which will get underway in September 2009, builds on the University’s established reputation as a world leader in this rapidly developing discipline.

The University’s Riseholme campus, surrounded by 1,000 acres of fields, woodland and lakes a few miles north of Lincoln, will be the picturesque setting for the course.

The MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour will suit graduates in life sciences and related disciplines, including veterinary scientists and qualified veterinary nurses. It is set to be offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.

Students will complete modules in human/animal interaction, domestic animal behaviour and clinical skills for behaviour management. They will also receive expert tuition in ethics, animal welfare and small business enterprise.

The course will be headed by Professor Daniel Mills, a recognised specialist in veterinary behavioural medicine from the University of Lincoln’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Professor Mills said: “Lincoln is already home to the country’s longest established full-time university veterinary behaviour clinic, which has been at the forefront of research in this discipline. Cases seen at the clinic will form the basis of much of the teaching material for this programme. We have the expertise and infrastructure here at Lincoln to provide students with the opportunity to develop both their theoretical and practical skills for the management of problem behaviour in companion animals. The programme will open the door for students to pursue careers as professional clinical animal behaviourists or to progress onto further study.”

The initial deadline for applications to the course, which is pending validation, is 30 June. For more information or an application form, visit the Department of Biological Sciences web pages or phone (01522) 882000.
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