Training Courses in Companion Animal Behaviour

dogThe APBC firmly believes that individuals, who wish to embark on a career in pet behaviour therapy, should aim to obtain the highest academic qualifications available to them. Since individuals must become Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourists under the ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) Certification Scheme, we highly recommend that you check ASAB's academic requirements before choosing your course.  

You can also search courses, browse careers and view case studies in animal-related areas at Vetnet's "Cave" resource.

Below are some courses that may be of interest.  The APBC does not guarantee that any courses listed below will meet the requirements of the APBC or CCAB application process which are detailed here.  

If you are from an academic institution and run a degree course in animal behaviour we will be pleased to list your course. Please email info [at] apbc [dot] org [dot] uk


FT = Full Time

PT = Part Time 

SW = Sandwich Course

2 = 2 years

3 = 3 years

Courses in Animal Behaviour currently accredited by ASAB for the CCAB scheme

Harper Adams University College

Animal Behaviour and Welfare 3FT/4SW Hon BSc

University of Lincoln 

Animal Behaviour MSc / MPhil/ PhD Research


UK Undergraduate Courses in Animal Behaviour


Aberystwyth Univeristy 

Animal Behaviour 3FT Hon BSc

Abingdon and Witney College

In Association with Oxford Brookes University

FdSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare course (2 years full time but only 2 days a week)

BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare top Up (1 year full time but only 2 days a week)

Anglia Ruskin University

Animal Behaviour 3FT Hon BSc 

Animal Jobs Direct

Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma course

Level 6 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma course




Bishop Burton College

BSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training   FT and available as a top up/final year

FdSc Animal Management and Behaviour

MSc Applied Animal Behaviour and Training FT & PT

FdSc Canine Behaviour and Training (PT distance learning)

BSc Canine Behaviour and Training (PT distance learning - top up/final year)

Central College of Animal Studies

Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training (level 5) Full or Part time.

Professional Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour (Level 6) Full or Part time. 

Compass Education

Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management distance learning

Advanced Diploma in Feline Behaviour Management distance learning

Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour Management distance learning

Cornwall College

Foundation Degree in Animal Behaviour and Psychology (Level5)

Duchy College

FdSc Equitation, Training and Behaviour

University of Greenwich

BSc Hons Applied Behavioural Science and Welfare

Hartpury University Centre, Gloucester

FDSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare (PT; 2FT)

BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare (PT; 3FT)

University of Lincoln

Animal Behaviour and Welfare 3FT Hon BSc

Liverpool John Moores University

Animal Behaviour 3FT/4SW Hon BSc

Myerscough College

Animal Behaviour and Welfare 3FT Hon BSc


Sparsholt College Hampshire

Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Animal Management and Applied Science with Animal Behaviour with Behaviour Options 2PT


Welsh College of Horticulture

Applied Equine Psychology 3FT Hon BSc

Applied Equine Psychology 2FT Foundation Degree FdSc


Royal Veterinary College

BSc Biological Sciences (Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics)



UK Postgraduate Courses in Animal Behaviour

Hartpury University Centre, Gloucester

MRes Animal Behaviour and Welfare (PT; FT)  

MRes Anthrozoology (PT; FT)


University of Exeter

Animal Behaviour Msc Taught

Animal Behaviour MPhil / PhD Research


The University of Edinburgh

Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare MSc/ Diploma Taught

Clinical Animal Behaviour MSc/PgDiploma Distance Learning (Part-Time) 




Manchester Metropolitan University

Animal Behaviour PC/ PD/ MSc


Queens University Belfast

Animal Behaviour and Welfare PD/ MSc


Overseas Courses (including distance learning)

The University College of Odisee

Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare



The Postgraduate course in Clinical Animal Behaviour. Leading to a role of Clinical Animal Behaviourist (PG CAB). 60 EC and a duration of 2 years


The Postgraduate course in Animal Behaviour. Leading to a role of Animal Behaviour Technician (PG ABT).  40 EC and a duration of 2 years


Certificate course in animal training. Leading to a role of Animal Training Instructor (ATI). 30 EC and a duration of 1 year


Certificate course in animal training. Leading to a role of Animal Trainer (AT). 20 EC and a duration of 1 year