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Get Engaged

The CAVE Get Engaged Series is a complimentary offering to the CAVE Membership community.

2017 will brung two CAVE CPD advancement opportunities to our members

Each evening was open to all CAVE Members to attend.

Not local to Perth? No problem! Please scroll down to register your interest as a CAVE Member to receive the recording (audio / visual) of each presentation.

The evening brought together Dr Nicole Lobry de Bruyn and Mrs Ingrid Heslop who presented:Interested but not a CAVE member? 

  • Reducing stress in animals in the clinical setting

This presentation will talk about the growing need to incorporate low stress handling into everyday practice.
The presentation will help you understand the advances in neuroscience which support the use of low stress handling techniques, how to recognise stress and anxiety and then what you can practically to do to avoid it. For animals who suffer anxiety it may require the use of medication and creative thinking to change prior associations. Ultimately the goal of low stress handling is to make veterinary care better for the animals you treat, but in the process, it may also enhance your enjoyment and satisfaction with your vocation

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Dr Nicole Lobry de Bruyn

Nicole graduated from Murdoch Vet school in 1987 and worked for many years in general practice till discovering that the emotional lives of her patients was what she was most interested in. After all it is the emotional lives of their animals that most effects their caregivers too. This led to working to improve her behaviour knowledge and eventually studying for her membership Veterinary Behaviour. She now teaches the 3rd, 4th and 5th yer vets as well as runs AnimalSense a private veterinary behaviour consultancy. She has a passion for low stress handling and an empathetic approach.

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Mrs Ingrid Heslop

Ingrid graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993, and, has worked in practice as both a veterinarian & a veterinary nurse. She has been employed at MUVH for the last 15 years, & currently works as a Veterinary Assistant in the anaesthesia department. She is a passionate advocate for our patients' emotional wellbeing & mental health.She has no formal qualifications in this area, however, she has developed some simple ideas & techniques which enable her to handle those patients that prove to be a challenge for others. She shares her ideas with case examples, audience participation, humor & enthusiasm.

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The first topic saw visiting Behavioural Scientist Clive Wynne Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Director of Research at Wolf Park, Indiana present:

  • Behavioural Solutions to Dog Behavioural Problems - 20th July 2017

          (studies applying Applied Behaviour Analytic techniques to common dog problems in the home).

The life of dogs with people does not always run smoothly. People and dogs can get into conflict. Dog behavior can cause problems in the home, and dogs that land in animal shelters develop bad behaviors that can make it difficult for them to find new homes. I am not a dog trainer, but a professor concerned with how we can best use the science of behavior to help dogs. I will talk about the widely-misunderstood concept of dominance, about how different training methods are supported (or not) by behavioral science, and how scientific behaviorism can help us fix problem behaviors in dogs

Professor Clive Wynne

Clive Wynne is currently professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Director of Reseach at Wolf Park, Indiana. He was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland. Before he found a way to combine his childhood fascination with dogs with his day job as a psuchology professor, Wynne studied the behaviour of animals ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse sized marsupial) at universities in Britain, Germany, the USA, and Australia. As preofessor of behavioural psychology specialising in canine behaviour, Clive Wynne has tested the behaviour of hundreds of dogs, and given identical teset to hand-reared wolves. His "Canine Cognition and Behaviour Laboratory" at the University of Florida was the first of its kind in the United States.

In 2013 Wynne moved to Arizona State University and established the Canine Science Collaboratory, dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives, with a particular emphasis on those areas of human-dog interaction where his science can have the biggest impact on human and dog welfare.
As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for New Scientist, Slate, the New York Times, and other outlets. He also blogs sporadically for Psychology Today. Wynne is often quoted in print media and radio, and his science has been featured on TV. He is the author of Do Animals Think? (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004) and a textbook Animal Cognition, (Palgrave, 2013) now in a second edition.

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CAVE Member but not local to Perth?


Each presentation in the series will be recorded (audio and lecture slides) for those members who are not local to the Perth area*. If you are unable to attend in person and would like a copy of the recording, please use the registration button below.


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For further information or to register your interest in our Get Engaged Series please contact cave@murdoch.edu.au or phone 08 9360 6342

To find out more about becoming a CAVE Member click here.

*In the unlikely event that there are issues with the recording equipment, we will be unable to provide a recording link.