Feline Behaviour | Centre for Veterinary Education

Feline Behaviour

Feline Behaviour

The aim of this course is to increase awareness of feline behavioural medicine, to educate about normal feline behaviour and how it influences the lives of domestic cats.

There will be emphasis on the importance of recognising and controlling stress in domestic cats and the way in which this impacts on general veterinary practice.

Discussion of the interplay between emotional and physical disease will be an important part of the course. Participants will be encouraged to consider feline welfare in the context of feline behavioural medicine.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register. 

Past Participants

"The feline behaviour course tutored by Dr Sarah Heath was very informative, not only was Sarah clear and concise on the podcasts but also extremely knowledgeable about feline behaviour and I have increased my understanding of feline behaviour in order to be able to educate others about normal feline behaviour."

Luanne Corles

"Engaging and relevant content, excellent powerpoint production and very easy to listen to. One can never learn too much about cats – each cat is custom-built."

Dr Kim Kendall

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise feline body language signals

  • Understand the constraints of the domestic environment on natural feline behaviour

  • Understand the constraints of the veterinary  environment on natural feline behaviour

  • Analyse behavioural information through history taking

  • Evaluate the influence of behavioural factors on feline disease states

  • Interpret  behavioural signs in order to reach an accurate motivational diagnosis


  1. Normal feline behaviour and behavioural needs

  2. Rearing kittens for life as domestic pets 

  3. Advising clients about how behavioural considerations affect owning a feline companion

  4. Teaching veterinary practice staff how behavioural considerations affect working with cats in general practice

  5. The link between behaviour and disease states in feline patients

  6. Approaching a client’s concerns over their cat’s behaviour – taking histories and making diagnoses

  7. Offering appropriate advice about common behavioural problems

  8. Knowing how and when to refer cases

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • Written notes, photographs and videos

  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

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

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

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.

RACE Approved for 10 CE Hours

This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for 10 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.


Monday 5 August - Sunday 1 September 2019



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

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members


You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible.

The TimeOnline nurse rate is the same as the Recent Grad/Part-time member rate in the table above. 

Discounts and nurse registrations can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.