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VIN CE Course BHVR106-0215: Equine Behavior
In some of the course Real Time Sessions the lecture will be predominantly audio
while in others the lecture will be predominantly text.

Enrollment is closed.

Kersti Seksel, BVSc(Hons), MRCVS, MA (Hons), FACVSc. (Animal Behaviour), Dipl. ACVB, CMAVA
Jacqui Ley BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour) PhD DiplECAWBM

Course Open: February 4-28, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, February 11 and 18, 2015: 9:30-11:30 pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and support staff actively interested in equine behavior.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and support staff. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22.

Course Description:
Ever wonder what horses do the things they do? Want to be able to answer some of the tricky questions about horse behaviour that owner's ask? Tired of the lack of science in the way horses are trained and their behaviour managed? Then sign up for VIN's Equine Behaviour!

The course covers normal equine behaviour and learning abilities while introducing some of the science of ethology and learning theory. We look at how the equine brain deals with anxiety and fear and why these emotions stop the horse learning - one reason why horses seem to get stuck on one course of behaviour.

The course also introduces the idea of mental health and mental health disorders because horses are not naughty or bad or vicious nor do they have vices! The process of the behaviour consultation is worked through and the broad diagnostic classes are discussed. The last part of the course covers only some of the many behaviours of the horse that are difficult to understand and some treatment and management options.

This course consists of two (2) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructors:
Kersti Seksel is a registered veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and is board certified in the Australian, American and European Colleges. She works in two specialist referral practices as well as her own practice seeing behaviour cases in both Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. She is Associate Senior lecturer at Charles Stuart University and teaches the Distance Education course in Behavioural Medicine for the Centre of Veterinary Education at the University of Sydney, presents education courses all over the world in behavioural medicine, and writes for scientific journals, textbooks, as well as popular magazines. She is a regular presenter in the media and currently is the Chair of the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee for the NSW Government and loves being part of the wider VIN community.

Jacqui Ley is a registered specialist in Behavioural Medicine and board certified in Australia and Europe. She runs a referral behaviour practice in Melbourne through a referral practice. She also runs two Time on Line courses in Small Animal Behaviour and Equine Behaviour for Sydney University. These act as "teasers" for Dr Seksel's longer behaviour course. Dr Ley has contributed to text books and journals and conducts research exploring mental health in animals. She is also lucky enough to own a strong minded Standardbred horse known as Short Fat Toby.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session February 11, 2015): Equine Brain - Anxiety and Fears
Format: Text/Audio

Week 2 (Real Time Session February 18, 2015): Mental Health and Mental Health Disorders
Format: Text/Audio

CE Credits: 4

Tuition: Member $84 ($76 early bird special if enrolled by January 21, 2015)
Non-Member $157 ($141 early bird special if enrolled by January 21, 2015)

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on February 11, 2015 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
Enrollment is closed.
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 4 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VIN CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 797 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 797.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

The CE team:

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

VIN CE Services:
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