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Clinical Animal Behaviour

Course Description

This internationally relevant and innovative programme provides students with the opportunity to develop both their theoretical and practical skills for the management of problem behaviour in companion animals, alongside world leading experts in the field.

The course develops the student’s scientific and clinical skills within the discipline of clinical animal behaviour by fostering expertise in the analysis, critical evaluation and synthesis of solutions to real world problems within the field. These attributes are also useful in careers other than clinical behaviour consultancy and a proportion of our graduates do choose to pursue other careers requiring advanced problem solving and conflict management skills post MSc.

The course includes extensive practical opportunities to develop training and behaviour modification skills with animals, counselling skills through role play exercises and real-life clinical awareness through exposure to cases within the referral clinic. This ensures that students who graduate from the course do so with the competence necessary for them to work effectively within the field.
The course uses a student-centred approach to learning where they are encouraged to shape their own learning according to their individual needs under the guidance of tutors, with peer to peer learning increasing the diversity of experience. For this reason we encourage applications from students with a range of different backgrounds including veterinary, psychology and wider life sciences; students with non-conventional qualifications but relevant experience and understanding of the scientific process are also encouraged to apply.

The programme is headed by European veterinary behaviour specialist Dr Helen Zulch and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European veterinary behaviour specialist, Professor Daniel Mills. Tutors on the course come from a wide range of backgrounds, including animal welfare science, the behaviour sciences, psychology, animal cognition, and genetics. All teaching staff are active researchers in their disciplines which ensures that students are exposed to cutting edge science across a range of areas.
In addition the course is supported by the University of Lincoln Animal Behaviour Referral Clinic. Clinic staff tutor on the course and can arrange access for students to observe both real time behaviour consultations and puppy training classes. This invaluable resource enables students to gain first hand exposure to real world behaviour counselling and training.

The School of Life Sciences is based in the Joseph Banks Laboratories in the city centre campus of Lincoln University with newly completed, state of the art facilities for clinical practice, learning and research.

In addition to companion animal work, staff within the School of Life Sciences run cold blooded cognition and aquatics research facilities; additional external relationships exists with the Parrot Zoo and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, all of which offers further potential opportunities for students.

Study Modes:

Full time: One year, including thesis (two days per week), currently taught on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Part time: Two years, plus thesis (one day per week). Currently taught on Mondays (year one) and Tuesdays (year two).


Development and Regulation of Behaviour
Domestic Animal Behaviour and Cognition
Human Animal Interactions
Animal Welfare
Research Methods
Clinical Skills for Problem Behaviour Management

Visit the Clinical Animal Behaviour page on the University of Lincoln website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 at BSc/BA level or an equivalent degree in the life sciences including Veterinary Sciences and to students with a proven track record, including qualified veterinary nurses. All students will be interviewed before they register for the course to make sure that their needs and abilities match those of the course.

Course Fees

Please see The University of Lincoln website for up-to-date information

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