Dear Prospective Student,
Thank you for enquiring about The Advanced Behaviour and Management
Drs. Frederique Hurly (veterinary behaviourist) and Hannes Slabbert
(Veterinary ethologist) present the Advanced Behaviour Course: Cats.
This certificate course together with the required practical experience
is required for registration as an Animal Behaviourist with the South
African Board for Companion Animal Practitioners (SABCAP). For
information on SABCAP please visit the website
The Advanced Cat course is also recommended by The Animal Behaviour
Consultants of South Africa (www.animal-behaviour.org.za).
Students who have successfully completed the Basic Animal Behaviour
course: Cats are welcome to enrol for this course. Although not
recommended, students will be allowed to enrol simultaneously (that is
in the same year) for both the Basic and Advanced Cat behaviour courses.
Students will however only be allowed to do their final examination for
the Advanced course once they have written and passed the Basic course
The Advanced Course: Cats is in many ways an application of the
study material of the Basic Cat Course and sound knowledge of the
content of the Basic Course is required to be successful in this course.
Students are encouraged to view behaviour and attempt to find successful
resolutions for behavioural problems in a holistic framework and no
“generic recipes” to solve behavioural problems are introduced. Aspects
of behavioural practice management, research and ethics in practice,
consultation skills and the use of training aids and alternative
therapies are incorporated in the course.
The study material consists of a set of study notes, assignments and a
student letter. It is essentially a correspondence course, but attending
a two – day seminar in either Benoni or Cape Town is compulsory for all
students (this may be extended to a three day seminar should student
numbers require this). To accommodate students who enrolled for both the
Advanced Cat and the Advanced Dog course and due to the overlap in the
management and consultation modules, all students will attend the same
The broad outline of the Advanced Behaviour Course: Cats is as
The Advanced Course: Cats course consists of four Modules:
• Handling techniques and Training methods.
• Analysis of cases of behavioural problems
• Behavioural practice management and communication skills
• Breeding programmes, cattery evaluation and socialisation programmes
The student will be evaluated on written assignments, practical skills,
and ability to apply the knowledge in theoretical case studies as well
as in a real life case study. There is a written exam during the
The course is presented from February to November each year.
Registration for this course takes place from 2 January to 28
February 2017. Students may enrol earlier (in 2016) but the study
material will only be posted as from the 2nd January 2017 and once proof
of payment has been received. The course fee for the Advanced Behaviour
Course: Cats for 2017 is R 7 950. The fee includes the study material,
assignments, attendance of the seminar and the evaluation fee. Travel to
and accommodation at the seminar is not included in the course fee.
A student can enrol for both the Advanced Dog and the Advanced Cat
courses in the same year provided that they have completed both the
Basic courses. The Advanced Dog and Cat seminars will be presented
jointly to accommodate students who enrol for both the Dog and Cat
The Seminar dates are:
Benoni, Gauteng: 2- 3 August 2017
Bloubergstrand, Western Cape: 31 August 2017 and 1 September 2017
How to enrol for this course:
Go to the website www.ethology.co.za
• Click on ‘Enrol’
• Read ‘Terms of
• Complete and submit the enrolment form and financial agreement form if
only the registration fee is paid when enrolling.
• Pay the appropriate fee
• Provide Dr Frederique Hurly email@example.com with confirmation of
Do not hesitate to get in touch should you need more information.
Dr Frederique Hurly
BVSc, MPhil, MANZCVS
Course administrator, Ethology Academy