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 from Bristol University and spent four years in mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. She is an RCVS and European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine. In 2018 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to the profession. Sarah is an External Lecturer in small animal behavioural medicine at Liverpool University and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist under the ASAB accreditation scheme. She sees clinical cases across North West England. In 2002 Sarah became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (formerly the ECVBM-CA) and served as President from 2002 to 2008. She served as Treasurer of the College from 2011 to 2017 and is currently the chair of the Behavioural Medicine Credentialing Committee. Sarah has a special interest in the interplay between emotional and physical illness in dogs and cats and particularly in the role of pain. She promotes the recognition of emotional health issues in companion animals and the role of the veterinary profession in safeguarding the welfare of animals in this context. Sarah lectures extensively at home and abroad on behavioural topics and is an author, co-author and editor of several books including Behavioural Medicine for Small Animals and Feline Behavioural Health and Welfare, both published by Elsevier.

Course Fees

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