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Nurses Certificate in Animal Behaviour



Enrolment for the NCert(AnBeh) examination is a one off payment of £250.

***Please note, validation for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies (Veterinary Practice Sciences) provided by the partnership between Improve International, ESVPS and Harper Adams University lapses in 2018. Candidates wishing to upgrade to the Graduate Certificate must contact ESVPS, and submit the necessary application form, by 30/06/2018.***

The Improve International NCert(AnBeh) modular training programme 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 provided by Improve International on registration.

The NCert(AnBeh) is designed to teach nurses 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 NCert(AnBeh) to use his/her knowledge within the scope of their practice.


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

Candidates will also be required to complete the following additional study:

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take?
Candidates can achieve the NCert(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, and reflective learning.

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 NCert(AnBeh) qualification.  Candidates who fail their written assessment 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.

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Examination and Submission Dates

2018 Examination Candidates

'Stress Audit' submission:

1st October 2018

NCert(AnBeh) examination:

14th November 2018


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