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At Compass Education and Training, we supply a specialist range of courses for those interested in expanding their professional knowledge.

The following courses are suitable for CPD purposes for registered veterinary nurses and surgeons who will also receive a discount as reflected in the prices below. If you are not in the veterinary profession you are asked to book through the other course pages or it may cause delays while we rectify the price paid:
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Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management - CPD Advanced Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour (Canine) Level 5 - CPD

The aim of the course is to prepare participants academically to work in the role of canine behaviour advisor.

Product Price: £1,190.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
Advanced Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour Level 5 Advanced Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour Level 5

The aim of the course is to prepare participants academically to work in the ABTC role of animal behaviour technician.

Product Price: £1,190.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour Management Advanced Diploma Applied Animal Behaviour level 6


The GDip ABM is a course inspired by the ABTC standard for Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CAB) as an addition to the already established ADip Applied Animal Behaviour Level 5 programmes. It is unlikely that students will be able to start this course without having completed the level 5 programme.

Product Price: £1,400.00
Advanced Feline Behaviour Diploma - CPD Advanced Feline Behaviour - Diploma - CPD

This course is aimed at those planning to work with cats or those already working with cats on a professional basis although it would also be of interest to those cat owners.

Product Price: £440.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
Applied Animal Behaviour for Vets Applied Animal Behaviour for Vets

Module 1 Learning Theory

  • What is learning? An introduction to learning theories
  • The different ways dogs learn
  • Habituation
  • Classical and operant conditioning
  • Stimulus generalisation and stimulus discrimination
  • Types of reinforcement
  • Vicarious learning
  • Learning through experience, trial and error learning and one-trial learning and the effects on future behaviour

Module 2 The External Environment

  • The external factors that can affect the behaviour of animals
  • The environment in which the animal lives, and the experiences it has had
  • The interactions between conspecifics and people
  • The importance of socialisation in early life
  • Scientific research that has been carried out into the social development of young
  • The problems that can occur due to poor socialisation
  • The importance of consistency when training animals
  • The effects of a kennel environment on behaviour and stress levels
  • This module introduces some case studies for analysis to identify causes of problem behaviour

Module 3 Theory of Mind

  • Do animals think?
  • Do they experience emotions?
  • Do they recognise themselves in a mirror?
  • Are they aware of the intentions of others?
  • Can we define intelligence and what it means?
  • A review of the scientific research that has been carried out on animal emotions
  • An analysis of the selfish gene theory

Module 4 Behavioural Diagnostics

  • The many possible causes of a particular behavioural problem (root causes of behaviour)
  • Environment, nature, nurture, pharmacological, physiological causes, and how more than one of these could be the cause of a problem
  • How we can diagnose the cause of behaviour, by asking questions and analysing the situation
  • Drawing on knowledge gained from the previous modules to discuss all the possible reasons why a dog is behaving in a certain way
  • Designing history sheets to use during client consultations

Module 5 Application of Theory

  • The way we interact when dealing with dogs, and how our own behaviour can potentially influence theirs
  • Fear and how to deal with it
  • Aggression and why it might occur and how to deal with it
  • The scientific study of behaviour, including presenting reports, interpreting data and graphs
  • Carrying out an observational study of your own on canine behaviour
  • Analysing different methods of dealing with a behavioural problem to determine the likely success of different approaches

Module 6 Animal Aggression

· Examines the many factors that contribute to aggressive behaviour,

· Defines aggression

· Aggression as an adaptive survival tool and the different approaches utilised by prey and predator.

· The effect and requirements of domestication

· How breeding for temperament interacts with natural drives behind aggressive behaviour

· The neurology of aggression.

Module 7 Human Animal Bond

· The human/animal bond research and has proven to be a fundamental factor when examining behaviour.

· The therapeutic advantages of such a bond with companion animals are becoming more and more evident with advancing research

· Understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms at work are essential part of the education of a behaviour specialist.

Module 8 Companion Animal Loss

· Grief as a powerful emotion

· and companion animal loss inevitably represents

· Coping with the end of the bond

· Different people react in different ways to grief and it is this process that is examined in this module.

Module 9 Attitudes and Ethics

· How people develop attitudes,

· What influences their formation and who they choose to associate with through a common interest is often then reflected in society’s values and legislature.

· Strength of opinion can ultimately cause problems with cultural and religious differences

· The law and animal rights,

· It is critical that the student is equipped with the knowledge to take account of how different people regard their animals.

Module 10 Case Studies

  • Analysis of case studies to pull together all the knowledge gained throughout the course.
  • The examination of ten different behavioural problem case studies
  • Suggesting how you would go about assessing and solving the problems.
  • Demonstrating knowledge of all factors that might affect canine behaviour, including learning, genetics, and biological and environmental factors
  • Suggestions for solving problem behaviour
  • Production of professional reports and letters to clients and veterinary professionals

Module 11 Critical Analysis

In this final module students are required to offer a critical analysis of two 'real' cases that were video recorded. Case notes and the video material is provided. Critical thinking is crucial skill for all behaviourists.

Product Price: £1,299.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
Canine Aggression - Diploma CPD Canine Aggression - Diploma - CPD

This programme is aimed at the more advanced student who needs an understanding of aggressive behaviour in dogs for professional reasons.

Product Price: £234.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
Canine Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD Canine Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD

This course is designed to equip students with a basic knowledge of normal and unusual behaviours and their purposes or what they can tell us about the dog.

Product Price: £408.50
Registration Fee: £30.00
Canine Communication - CPD Canine Communication - Diploma - CPD

This programme is designed to equip the student with the knowledge to 'read' and understand how and what dogs communicate to each other and to humans.

Product Price: £367.50
Registration Fee: £30.00
Canine Nutrition for Veterinary Nurses Canine Nutrition for Veterinary Nurses

This course is similar to the standard Canine Nutrition Certificate but it is more technical and designed around the VN’s annual CPD requirement. Topics covered are all built into one large module and include:

Product Price: £90.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
Feline Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD Feline Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD

As well as being an enjoyable course, this is designed to be a serious introduction to the fascinating subject of feline behaviour.

Product Price: £408.50
Registration Fee: £30.00
Foundations of Canine Behaviour Management - Diploma Foundations of Canine Behaviour Management - Diploma - CPD

This course has been developed for those who aim to complete the Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour but would benefit from some preparatory studies.

Product Price: £408.50
Registration Fee: £30.00
Gift Certificate Gift Certificate

Gift vouchers are available to purchase from Compass for any value, they
are redeemable against the cost of any of the Compass courses.

Higher Canine Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD Higher Canine Behaviour and Psychology - Diploma - CPD

This course is designed to equip participants with a more advanced understanding of how and why dogs behave the way they do.

Product Price: £440.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
How Dogs Learn - Certificate - CPD How Dogs Learn - Certificate - CPD

This short course is a useful starting point for people with some experience but no studies to support that knowledge.

Product Price: £138.50
Registration Fee: £30.00
Introduction to Herbal & Natural Remedies for Animals - CPD Introduction to Herbal & Natural Remedies for Animals - CPD

This short introductory course has been prepared in conjunction with Dorwest Herbs Ltd, as the only holders of Veterinary Medicine Directorate licensed products.

Product Price: £138.50
Registration Fee: £30.00
Introduction to Solving Dog Behaviour Problems - Diploma - CPD Introduction to Solving Dog Behaviour Problems - Diploma - CPD


This course covers most of the common behaviour issues an owner/handler will encounter with an untrained or poorly trained dog.

Product Price: £246.00
Registration Fee: £30.00
Veterinary Nursing for Rabbits - CPD RA Education - CPD

Compass, Burgess Pet Care Ltd and the Rabbit Awareness Partners have developed this CPD course specifically for Vets and Veterinary Nurses and counts for 40 hours CPD.

Product Price: £120.00
Registration Fee: £30.00