Conferences and Webinars

Welcome the APBC’s Conference and Webinar page! See below for upcoming events.

If you are a member of the APBC and wish to view upcoming member-only events click here. You will need to log in for this link to work.

Food policy at events

Please note that it is the APBC’s policy to ensure that food provided at APBC events encourages welfare orientated farming methods. Wherever possible we aim to ensure:

  • Free range eggs are used
  • Meat is free range or as a minimum meets the Five Freedoms Welfare Code. If free range meat cannot be provided then all catering will be vegetarian.
  • Produce is locally sourced where possible.

Webinar requirements
If you are unsure whether your computer or broadband speed is suitable to view a webinar, you may like to run the following test. Please note you do not need to have a webcam or microphone enable, you just need to be able to see and hear the presentation:

You can test your connection before your session starts by joining a test session to check that your computer has everything required.

Join the test session as follows:

  1. To test your connection, join the test session via https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/406552062.
  2. If you're on a desktop, you may need to download the Citrix Online Launcher file for Windows or Mac to launch GoToWebinar.
  3. If you see a "Successfully Connected" message on the "Waiting for Organizer" dialog, you've successfully joined the test session. You should be able to join GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining sessions from this computer. Close the "Waiting for Organizer" dialog to exit the test session.

Upcoming Events

  • Horse Sense and Sensibility

    02/08/2018-02/08/2018

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Helen Spence Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £35 PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR 30 DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING 30 DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST. Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.
     

    Privacy Policy: The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is collecting your data in order to fulfil your conference and/or webinar booking from the APBC’s appointed online ticket agent, Eventbrite. By providing your personal data (name, email address and postal address) you are giving consent to the APBC to fulfil your conference or webinar booking made via the online booking agent, Eventbrite. The APBC will use your email address to enable delivery of your order and to correspond with you regarding your conference or webinar booking. The APBC will not share your personal details with a third party or use your personal details for any reason other than to fulfil your order. Your personal data will be held on a secure computer, cloud and webserver, and destroyed within 31 days of webinar broadcast or other event taking place.
     

     

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  • Behaviour Essentials for the Veterinary Team

    25/09/2018-25/09/2018

    Venue: Kettering Conference Centre, Kettering, NN15 6PB

    Behaviour Essentials for the Veterinary Team: a case-based approach to addressing common problem behaviours in dogs and cats
     
    This day is aimed at vets and nurses working in general practice, as well as anyone with a particular interest in behaviour. Using real case studies we will explore some of the common behaviour problems encountered in veterinary practice including separation-related distress, noise fears and pain-related fearfulness in dogs, human directed aggression and inappropriate urination in cats. Each case will be discussed in detail, including potential differential diagnoses and alternative treatment options to give an in-depth understanding of each problem behaviour. We will also explore the important roles of the veterinary team and behaviourist in supporting owners and pets with behaviour problems. Audience interaction is strongly encouraged.
    Speakers will include Trudi Atkinson RVN, Ingrid Haskal, Tanya Jeffery, Tamsin Durston RVN, Emma Brown MRCVS and Laura Vico MRCVS
     
    Trudi Atkinson DipAS (CABC), VN, CCAB 
    Feline House Soiling - It's not only about the tray!
    Using case histories this talk will explore the numerous different cases of feline house soiling; how we can correctly identify the cuase (or causes) and how we can best help the cat and cat owner.
    Trudi qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1986 and after working for 17 years in mixed general practice, went on to study companion animal behaviour at the university of Southampton and became a full member of the APBC in 1999. She is also a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and a Certified Cat Behaviour consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
    Although having previously worked with both dogs and cats, feline behaviour and welfare has always been her primary area of interest and is now her sole focus. Trudi runs a feline behaviour referral practice covering the South West of England and has presented talks and contributed written articles and book chapters for various organisations including BSAVA, BVNA, as well as the APBC. Trudi is also the author of Practical Feline Behaviour – Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare.
     
    Ingrid Haskal - PGDip (CABC), CAB (ABTC) Full Member APBC, CSAT
    Home Alone! What is 'separation anxiety' and how do we help owners resolve this behaviour disorder?
    Separation related issues do not always include anxiety but in this presentation we will look at anxious behaviour presented by a dog when left alone at home commonly known as 'separation anxiety'. This disorder in dogs is a lot more common than most people think and studies have shown that we could be looking at between 40% - 80% of the pet dog population showing some signs of adverse reactions to being alone. It is also a disorder that impacts greatly on the owners, not only restricting lifestyle because the dog cannot be left alone but often affecting the owner's relationship with neighbours due to constant barking and howling and sometimes imposing a financial burden on the family if destruction is one of the behaviours exhibited by the dog. This presentation will look at the differentials which can help determine whether or not a dog is suffering with anxiety when alone; what is commonly thought to cause the disorder; what behavioural signs can also help determine diagnosis and how behaviourists and veterinary practitioners can help owners and their dogs restore balance into their lives and bring relief from this devastating condition.
    Ingrid qualified in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton finally realising her ambition to help owners and their pets resolve behaviour issues and regain trust and harmony in their lives. She is also a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and a Registered Clinical Behaviourist with The Animal Behaviour and Training Council. During her work with dogs she became interested in separation related issues and after lengthy study in this particular area qualified as a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer with Malena DeMartini Inc, an organisation in the USA that specialises in separation. This is a field of work that Ingrid is passionate about not only because it directly affects so many owners and their dogs so profoundly, but also because of the close special working relationship that the trainer is able to build with the owner in a way which is fairly unique in the field of behaviour modification.
     
    Tamsin Durston RVN and Laura Vico MRCVS
    The Curious Case of the Dog in the Bedroom
    What advice would you give to an owner who contacts the practice to report that their dog went into the bedroom happy as usual, but came out absolutely terrified, yet everything in the room remained completely normal? An examination into the cause and treatment of acute panic in an adult dog. The presentation will analyse this real case in progressive steps, allowing delegates to participate in professional discussion at every stage of development and explore treatment options for both medical and behavioural elements. As well as investigating causes and treatment options, discussion will also include an empathetic explore the emotional perspective of both owner and dog.
    Tamsin is a Qualified, Registered Veterinary Nurse and have been working in small animal practice for 18 years. For the past 13 years she has worked for animal welfare charity Blue Cross in the role of Nurse Manager of Blue Cross Animal Hospital, Merton, South London. As well as nursing Tamsin also provides behavioural advice and support to Blue Cross clients. Having gained an FdSc in Animal Management: Training and Behaviour Counselling, Tamsin completed a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training and is especially interested in applying behavioural knowledge within the veterinary environment in order to improve and optimise the experience of animals within our care. Tamsin also volunteers within her local community to help dog owners with training, again using behavioural understanding to improve the human-animal bond and teaching life skills to enable the partnerships to live happy, healthy lives together.
    Laura Vico is the senior veterinary surgeon at Blue Cross Merton Animal Hospital and has 14 years’ experience in the veterinary field. After graduating from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in 2004, Laura spent a year in Canada and the USA gaining experience in zoo medicine and small animal practice. Laura decided to pursue a career in charity practice and moved to the UK in 2005 for this purpose; becoming a permanent veterinary surgeon for Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity in 2007. Laura holds a special interest in focusing the conversation between pet owners and veterinary professionals around quality of life, believing that chronic pain and behavioural changes are often overlooked during the veterinary consultation. Laura has promoted the use of PetWise MOTs within Blue Cross in order to give clients an opportunity to discuss their pet’s welfare needs.
     
    Emma Brown BVSC PG Dip MRCVS 
    Owner Directed Feline Aggression - A case study
    Emma will work through a case of sudden onset of owner directed aggression in an adult female Siamese cat. Each stage of the investigation, diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed with lots of opportunity for audience participation. 
    Emma qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 2001. She spent 15 years in mixed practice before moving to small animal practice in 2016. Based at the Bodmin branch of the Kernow Veterinary Group, Emma is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Companion Animal Behaviour, a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Councillors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Veterinary Behaviourist. She takes Canine and Feline Behaviour cases on Veterinary Referral from around the South West.
     
    Nitty Gritty
    Non-member early bird price: £60 (up to 25 August 2018)
    Members early bird price: £45 (up to 25 August 2018)
    Standard non-member price: £75
    Members standard price: £60
    Please make sure you register at the correct rate as mistakes cannot be rectified afterwards.
     
    FEES INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS AND A PACKED LUNCH (please ensure any dietary requirements are requested at time of booking)
     
    A group discount is available for animal welfare and assistance dogs charities if sending four or more attendees. Please email events [at] apbc [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: Behaviour%20Essentials) to request details.
     
    Please note that other than assistance dogs, the venue does not permit dogs on the site.
     
    Note that no refunds for cancellations can be given after 25 August 2018. Cancellations prior to 25 August 2018 are subject to an £8 cancellation fee.
     
    The organisers reserve the right to replace speakers in necessary.

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  • Constructing a training plan using operant conditioning

    28/09/2018-28/09/2018

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm. Event type

    Presented by Sara Davies Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £35 PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR 30 DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING 30 DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST. Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.
     

    Privacy Policy: The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is collecting your data in order to fulfil your conference and/or webinar booking from the APBC’s appointed online ticket agent, Eventbrite. By providing your personal data (name, email address and postal address) you are giving consent to the APBC to fulfil your conference or webinar booking made via the online booking agent, Eventbrite. The APBC will use your email address to enable delivery of your order and to correspond with you regarding your conference or webinar booking. The APBC will not share your personal details with a third party or use your personal details for any reason other than to fulfil your order. Your personal data will be held on a secure computer, cloud and webserver, and destroyed within 31 days of webinar broadcast or other event taking place.
     

     

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  • Constructing a training plan using classical conditioning

    19/10/2018-19/10/2018

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Sara Davies Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £35 PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR 30 DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING 30 DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST. Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.
     

    Privacy Policy: The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is collecting your data in order to fulfil your conference and/or webinar booking from the APBC’s appointed online ticket agent, Eventbrite. By providing your personal data (name, email address and postal address) you are giving consent to the APBC to fulfil your conference or webinar booking made via the online booking agent, Eventbrite. The APBC will use your email address to enable delivery of your order and to correspond with you regarding your conference or webinar booking. The APBC will not share your personal details with a third party or use your personal details for any reason other than to fulfil your order. Your personal data will be held on a secure computer, cloud and webserver, and destroyed within 31 days of webinar broadcast or other event taking place.
     

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  • Impulsivity in the dog.-assessment and clinical applications

    23/10/2018-23/10/2018

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Daniel Mills Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £35 PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR 30 DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING 30 DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST. Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.
     

    Privacy Policy: The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) is collecting your data in order to fulfil your conference and/or webinar booking from the APBC’s appointed online ticket agent, Eventbrite. By providing your personal data (name, email address and postal address) you are giving consent to the APBC to fulfil your conference or webinar booking made via the online booking agent, Eventbrite. The APBC will use your email address to enable delivery of your order and to correspond with you regarding your conference or webinar booking. The APBC will not share your personal details with a third party or use your personal details for any reason other than to fulfil your order. Your personal data will be held on a secure computer, cloud and webserver, and destroyed within 31 days of webinar broadcast or other event taking place.
     

     

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