In order to qualify as an accredited animal behaviourist with the ABC of SA you require a comprehensive academic background coupled with practical hands-on experience. These recommended courses are solely a theoretical foundation.

Basic Animal Behavior courses, Advanced Animal Behaviour Courses

Organisation: Ethology Academy

Ethology Academy offers a variety of year courses, running from February to November.
These are certificate courses & are essentially via correspondence, with workshops & seminars also presented.

Basic Behaviour Courses (dogs, cats, horses or birds-parrots) Four modules:
* Introduction & approaches to the study of animal behaviour * Problem behaviour & possible resolutions * Applied behaviour * Care & welfare of animals
Consists of assignments, a 2 day seminar (presented in Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth & Banana Beach, KZN) & examination.
Enrolment Fee: R5 000,00

Advanced Behaviour Course (dogs, cats or horses) :
One of the Basic Behaviour Courses is a prerequisite. For horses, must be familiar with ground work, stable routines & a fairly accomplished rider. Consists of written assignments & a compulsory 3 day seminar in Cape Town or Pretoria. Practical skills & ability to apply the knowledge in case studies are evaluated.
Enrolment Fee: (dogs, cats) R5 400,00, (horses) R6 000,00

Grooming Business Course :
Aimed at persons already working in the grooming industry, prospective grooms, kennel personnel & pet owners in general. Consists of assignments, compulsory attendance of a 1 day seminar in Pretoria & a 2 day workshop in Johannesburg, at least 40 hours practical work in a grooming facility & examination. One of the Basic Behaviour Courses is strongly recommended.
Enrolment Fee: R5 400,00

Animal-Assisted Activity Course (AVAILABLE 2013 ONLY):
One of the Basic Behaviour Courses is a prerequisite. Aimed at those who want to use animals to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities, chronic illness or restricting physical circumstances. Includes aspects of human behaviour, theoretical foundations for human-animal interaction & the scientific support for animal-assisted activities. Consists of assignments, a compulsory 3 day seminar (Pretoria) & practical case studies.
Enrolment Fee: R5 400,00

Tel: +2783 654 8116


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