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General Practitioner Certificate in Animal Behaviour



Enrolment for the GPCert(AnBeh) examination is a one off payment of £595.

The GPCert(AnBeh) course has been accredited by ESVPS as being a suitable education programme based on the course content and the calibre of the tutors delivering the taught course.

Candidates are required to study all areas of the course syllabus, which comprises taught and non-taught areas. Full details of the course syllabus will be available on registration of the taught programme.

The GPCert(AnBeh) is designed to teach veterinary surgeons to deal competently and safely with canine and feline behavioural problems within the context of veterinary practice. Please note that future regulation may restrict the use of term "animal behaviourist" to those who have undergone further training, but should not restrict the ability of the successful candidate for the GPCert(AnBeh) to use his/her knowledge within the scope of their practice.


To achieve the GPCert(AnBeh) candidates must complete and pass the following:

Candidates will also be required to complete the following additional study: ESVPS will send regular email reminders of submission dates and details of the final examination.

Candidates must inform ESVPS of any change of contact details during the course period.

On successful attainment of the GPCert(AnBeh) candidates will be awarded with a personalised certificate and their name will be included in the ESVPS register of General Practitioner Certificate holders.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?
Candidates can achieve the GPCert(AnBeh) qualification within one year, but have up to three years in which to complete the training programme and examination.

The total amount of time spent will vary from candidate to candidates. An average candidate will spend between 5-10 hours per month on the private study, reflective learning and the completion of the case report and case studies.

What if I am not successful in passing one of the components of the examination?
Candidates are required to pass all components of the examination to gain the GPCert(AnBeh) qualification.  Candidates who fail their case report will be given clear indications where they were unsuccessful and guidelines on how to complete their case report to the required standard. Candidates who are unsuccessful in the final examination will be given a breakdown of the areas they were weakest in and additional study recommended. There is a nominal fee to re-sit the final examination.

Is tutor support available?
Once registered, support is available in the form of a Case Report tutorial video and candidates have the opportunity of submitting an abstract of 100 words if their selected case does not appear on the list of suggested case types and procedures. Please note we do not accept drafts.

How do I get started?
Please contact us via email and we will send you a link to register.

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Examination and Submission Dates

2018 Examination Candidates:

Case report submission date:
31st January 2018

Case studies submission date:
28th February 2018

Final examination:
9th May 2018

2019 Examination Candidates:

Case studies submission date:
31st January 2019

Case report submission date:
28th February 2019

Final Examination:
8th May 2019

Note: The GPCert(AnBeh) examination will be invigilated by representatives of ESVPS.


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