Integrating Behavioural Medicine into First Opinion Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Integrating Behavioural Medicine into First Opinion Practice

This podcast will discuss the importance of recognising and safeguarding emotional health in companion animals and the role that the first opinion veterinary practice can play in that process.

Potential obstacles to providing a behavioural medicine service will be discussed and solutions suggested.

The potential impact of the veterinary practice visit on the emotional health of patients will be considered and practical advice offered as to how to minimise negative impact and optimise the veterinary visit experience for patients, clients and practice staff. 

Learning Outcomes

Following this podcast, you will be able to:

  • Explain the potential obstacles to incorporating behavioural medicine into first opinion practice and give suggestions as to how to overcome them

  • Describe the potential impact of the veterinary practice experience on the emotional health of patients and how to make it as positive as possible

  • Explain the processes of socialisation and habituation and the role of the veterinary practice in educating pet owners about their importance

Course Delivery

This PodcastPLUS comes with:

  • Access to a pre-recorded video podcast

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutor

  • Access to further reading and/or resources 

  • A self-assessed multiple choice quiz to qualify for CPD

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the quiz

Limited places remaining


Thursday 15 - Wednesday 28 February 2018
Delivered Online



Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1988 and spent four years in a mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. In 2002 she became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and served as the second President of that College from 2003 to 2008 and Treasurer from 2011 to 2017. She is a RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals).

She is a visiting lecturer in Behavioural Medicine within the faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool and responsible for the behavioural medicine curriculum for undergraduate veterinary students. In addition to her clinical and teaching work Sarah has written a number of books and regularly contributes to veterinary publications on behavioural topics.

Course Fees

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*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members