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Session Two

8th September 2017 9.30am 4.30pm Cost 249.00

Considering The Interplay Between Animal And Human Emotional Health In The Domestic Context

  • Freda Scott-Park BVM&S, PhD, Hon.DVM&S, MRCVS
  • Sarah Heath BVSc DipECAWBM(BM) CCAB MRCVS, RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals)

This one-day course will discuss the relevance of emotional health in companion animals and explore the potential for links between emotional challenges for people and their pets. In particular, there will be an opportunity to examine the link between domestic abuse situations for owners and the emotional health of their pets. The difficult topic of non-accidental injury in veterinary patients will be considered and the role of such cases as indicators of potential human abuse will be discussed. The course will also consider the behavioural consequences of compromised emotional health in dogs and cats and the potential for behavioural presentations to also be indicators of sub-optimal emotional environments.