Feline Behaviour | Centre for Veterinary Education

Feline Behaviour

The aim of this course is to increase awareness of feline behavioural medicine and to educate about normal feline behaviour and how it influences the lives of domestic cats.

There will be emphasis on the importance of recognising and controlling stress in domestic cats and the way in which this affects general veterinary practice.

Discussion of the interplay between behaviour and physical disease will also be an important part of the course. Participants will be encouraged to consider feline welfare in the context of feline behavioural medicine.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you should expect to be able to:

  • Recognise feline body language signals

  • Understand the constraints of the domestic environment on natural feline behaviour

  • Understand the constraints of the veterinary  environment on natural feline behaviour

  • Analyse behavioural information through history taking

  • Evaluate the influence of behavioural factors on feline disease states

  • Interpret  behavioural signs in order to reach an accurate motivational diagnosis


  1. Normal feline behaviour and behavioural needs

  2. Rearing kittens for life as  domestic pet – pitfalls and opportunities

  3. Advising clients about how behavioural considerations affect owning a feline companion

  4. Teaching veterinary practice staff how behavioural considerations affect working with cats in general practice

  5. The link between feline behaviour and disease states in feline patients

  6. Approaching a client’s concerns over their cat’s behaviour – taking histories and making diagnoses

  7. Offering appropriate advice about common behavioural conditions

  8. Knowing how when and where to refer cases to


Monday 19 June - Sunday 16 July 2017
Delivered Online



Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1988 and spent four years in a mixed general practice before setting up Behavioural Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. In 2002 she became a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and served as the second President of that College from 2003 to 2008. She is a European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine (Companion Animals).

She is an honorary lecturer in Behavioural Medicine within the faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool and responsible for the behavioural medicine curriculum for undergraduate veterinary students. In addition to her clinical and teaching work Sarah has written a number of books and regularly contributes to veterinary publications on behavioural topics. 

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.timeonline@sydney.edu.au to register.     

Further details

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