Summary of courses:
Ethology Academy offers a variety of courses: Basic Courses,
Advanced Courses, Practitioners course a Grooming Business Course
and the Animal Assisted Interventions Course.
courses are year courses, running from February – November. The
practitioners course runs from February to March in the following
are certificate courses.
are essentially done via correspondence.
Enrolment commences on 2nd January every year and concludes on 28
February – or when the maximum number of students have enrolled.
Fitting Course - There will be 6 Saddle Fitting Coures through the
Fee structure for 2017
Basic dog, cat, bird or horse behaviour course: R 7 300
Add-on of another basic behaviour course in the same year: R 3 700
Add-on of another basic behaviour course, the first done in 2016: R 5
Add-on of another basic behaviour course, the first done in 2015 or
earlier – full price
Advanced dog or cat behaviour course: R 7 950
Advanced horse behaviour course: R 8 700
Animal assisted activities course: R 7 950
Grooming business course: R 7 950
Practitioners Course: R 17 900
Fitting Course: R3 800 (Note: The full R3800 will
have to be paid upfront to enrol).
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The Basic Courses:
Ethology Academy offers Basic Animal Behaviour courses in
four different companion animal species namely
These certificate courses all consists of four modules and stretch over
one calendar year. The Basic courses are essentially conducted through
distance learning, but students also get the opportunity to attend a
seminar on the species they have enrolled for. The seminars are annually
presented at different venues in the country (Pretoria, Cape Town,
Banana Beach on the Natal South Coast and if the number of students
allow, also in PE). For the Basic Course, attendance of a seminar
is recommended, but not compulsory. The enrolment fee for this course is
R6300. The seminar attendance fee is included in the enrolment fee but
the student is responsible for own travel and accommodation
The Advanced Dog Behaviour course:
the Basic Course: Dogs is a prerequisite for enrolling for the
Advanced Behaviour Course:
Dogs. The Advanced Course: Dogs is a one-year certificate
course and the attendance of a three-day seminar/workshop is compulsory.
The student has the option of attending this compulsory seminar in
either Cape Town or in Pretoria. Enrolment fee for 2015 is R7500. A student
can enrol in the same year for the Basic Dog course and the Advanced
The Advanced Cat Behaviour course:
The Basic Course: Cats is a prerequisite before students can enrol for
the Advanced Cat Behaviour
course. The Advanced Course: Cats is a one-year
certificate course and the attendance of a two- day seminar/workshop is
compulsory. The student has the option of attending this
compulsory seminar in either Cape Town or in Pretoria. The enrolment fee
for 2015 is R6900. A student can enrol in the same year for the
Basic Cat course and the Advanced Cat Course.
The Advanced Horse Behaviour course:
The Basic Course: Horses is a prerequisite before students can enrol for
the Advanced Horse
Behaviour Course. To be successful in this course a student must be
familiar with ground work, stable routines and a fairly accomplished
rider. The instructors assisting with the practical aspects of this
course are all SANEF qualified and SANEF guidelines are adhered to. This
course is also a one-year course and the attendance of a three-day
seminar/workshop in Pretoria is compulsory. The enrolment
fee for 2015 is R7000.00. NB: a student can enrol in the same year
for the Basic Horse course and the Advanced Horse Course.
The Animal-Assisted Activity Course
AAA course is aimed at
persons who want to use animals to enhance the quality of life of people
with disabilities/ chronic illness/ restricting physical circumstances.
The curriculum includes aspects of human behaviour, theoretical
foundations for human-animal interaction and the scientific support for
Animal assisted activities. Attendance of a three – day seminar in
Pretoria. The enrolment fee for 2015 is R6900. The Basic Behaviour
course (any of the four species on offer) is strongly recommended before
doing this course, but not a pre-requisite.
The Grooming Business Course:
The grooming businesses course is
aimed at persons already working in the grooming industry, prospective
grooms, kennel personnel and pet owners in general. Attendance
of practical workshops (a one day seminar in Pretoria and a two- day
workshop in Johannesburg) is compulsory. Students will also be expected
to do at least 40 hours of practical work in a grooming facility of
their choice. The cost of the course for 2015 is R 6900 The Basic
behaviour course (dogs or cats) is strongly recommended before doing
this course, but not a pre-requisite.
Practitioners Course: The
is the third year of study on dog behaviour. Students must have
completed the Basic and Advanced dog behaviour courses. This course is
aimed at behaviourists or students wanting to become behaviourists as
well as veterinarians, veterinary nurses and animal technicians. People
working in welfare and pet owners with a keen interest in behaviour will
also benefit from this course. This course requires a fair amount of
study time to complete. Attendance of two five-day seminars in Benoni in
Gauteng is compulsory. The seminar attendance fee is included in the
enrolment fee but excludes travel to and accommodation at the seminar.
This course runs over 15 months, ending in March the following year.