PG Dip Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling: University Of Southampton

PG Dip
PG Dip Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling: University Of Southampton, School of Psychology, Shackleton Building, University Of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, Southampton, United Kingdom
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2 years part-time
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+44(0)23 8059 3995
+44(0)23 8059 4597


Course Description

This programme provides the academic background underpinning the rapidly expanding professional field of companion animal behaviour counselling, and includes veterinary science, ethology, physiology, pharmacology, comparative and human psychology, law and clinical aspects of behaviour counselling. You will acquire the skills to synthesise theoretical perspectives and practical application within a professional context.

While the programme is concerned primarily with the dog and cat, reference is made to other companion animals, such as birds, small mammals and equines.

Programme Structure

Eight 1-week modules (taken over two years) build up to the award of PG Dip in Advanced Studies. Each module is assessed separately by coursework, written work, practical work or a short project.

Entry requirements

  • Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. veterinary science, psychology or a biological science), or other approved professional qualifications
  • plus substantial appropriate practical or professional experience, to include at least 2 years’ experience of working with animals (excluding own pets), in either a paid or voluntary capacity, such as volunteer work at a rescue society or veterinary clinic.

Further details are available from:

  • Admissions Administrator: Mrs Dawn Thompson
  • Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7537
  • Email:

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