28 September 2023
What dogs are telling us and how we should respond: An exploration of canine communication for the Veterinary Nurse
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The lecture will explore the emotional lives of dogs and demonstrate different ways dogs use their bodies to communicate their feelings. We will examine ‘approach-avoidance’ emotional conflict and the potential impact of the provision of veterinary care on a dog’s feelings. With an emphasis on dogs’ needs and motivation, we will explore the ways in which veterinary professionals can respond to dog communication and approach the handling of dogs within the veterinary setting in a way which recognises their feelings and promotes psychological safety.
Kindly provided by Dogs Trust.
- Explore the ways in which dogs use body language to communicate different emotions
- Understand the term ‘approach-avoidance’ conflict
- Understand the impact of the veterinary environment to a dog’s emotional experience
- Reflect upon different ways to respond to a dog’s body language
Speaker: Tamsin Durston BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) MSc CAB RVN
Tam is a Registered Veterinary Nurse, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, and accredited Dog Training Instructor, with 25yrs experience working predominately for the charities Blue Cross and Dogs Trust. In her current role of Dogs Trust’s Veterinary Intervention Development Manager, Tam leads a team creating welfare driven interventions, including the Dog Friendly Clinic membership scheme. Initiatives are aimed at embedding canine behavioural principles into veterinary practice and improving the experience of veterinary care for dog, owners, and veterinary teams alike. Tam has also researched and authored a book on ‘Emotional Well-being for the Animal Welfare Professional’.
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