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Zaterdag 16 en zondag 17 september 2017


Centraal gelegen, provincie Utrecht


Dit seminar is Engelstalig.
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Accreditatie voor 2 dagen

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Seminar Daniel Mills

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Daniel Mills is een Engelse bioloog en Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine aan de universiteit van Lincoln

Zijn onderzoek richt zich o.a. op emoties bij huisdieren en probleemgevend gedrag zoals bijvoorbeeld verlatingsangst bij honden. Andere onderzoeksgebieden zijn: cognitie, dierenwelzijn, diergedrag, hondengedrag, de relatie mens-dier, individuele verschillenden tussen dieren zoals temperament en rasspecifieke eigenschappen, perceptie, psychofarmaca en feromoontherapie.

Programma dag 1

The emotional world of the dog and cat and its relevance to behaviour problems.

There are different perspectives on problem behaviour in companion animals. To those who follow a medical model, they largely represent disorders with a physical cause that needs to be corrected; to others, who follow a biological model, they represent collections of behaviours arising from emotional responses and cognitions that have their origin in normality. In the latter case, the key to managing the problems lies in understanding normal emotional process and how they affect behaviour. To do this we need to appreciate which types of stimuli trigger an emotional response as well as how these influence behaviour. This day will outline a coherent framework that has been developed at Lincoln and can be applied across species, to give a deeper understanding of problem behaviour and most importantly allow a more scientific approach to dealing with these cases. 

Programma dag 2

Recent advances in the assessment of pain in companion animals

The importance of pain in relation to problem behaviour is often mentioned, but until recently there have been few good data to support this. In this session we will consider not only well-documented case studies but also the results of recent and ongoing work at Lincoln that has sought to elucidate the issue further. We consider a range of cases that present as behaviour problems and common features that might be indicative of pain in each situation. The session will also include practical advice and tips from practitioners to guide the non-veterinarian on when to suspect pain, since working on referral from a veterinarian alone is not sufficient to safeguard the welfare of animals. It is important to recognise that while it is possible to train an animal not to show pain this does not mean it is no longer in pain, and such tactics may precipitate a behavioural catastrophe at a later date.

Clinical use of pheromones

Pheromonatherapy involves the use of semiochemicals (chemical signals) to manage the emotional response and behaviour of animals and has become a focus of great interest to behaviour practitioners. This is a scientifically based discipline, which involves an extended understanding of the relationship between chemicals in the environment and the effect that they have on animal behaviour that goes beyond the normal realm of drug-animal or diet-animal interaction.  Only with an appreciation of their proposed mechanism of action, is it possible not only to recognise which of the available products are indeed pheromones, but also to understand the sometimes paradoxical effects that are seen and importantly when these products may not be of assistance. This session will review the basics of pheromonatherapy and its application for the management of behaviour problems in the dog and cat.

Myths and common misunderstandings in companion animal behaviour, i.e. breed differences and effects of neutering on animal behaviour

Within the field of companion animal behaviour there are many pieces of perceived wisdom which have little if any scientific basis and indeed may contradict the available evidence. Sometimes these beliefs can be firmly held and the naturally precautionary voice of science can struggle to be heard.  Studying behaviour is difficult and research can sometimes result in what might seem contradictory results. This can lead some to believe that it’s all subjective or a matter of personal preference. In this session I will consider a few common myths and misunderstandings that fit into this category as well as the dangers of failing to adopt a scientific approach. The session will conclude with an open question and answer session on issues of concern.

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