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Framework for Job Descriptions and Qualifications for companion animal psychologists, behaviourists, trainers and advisors


The following framework has been devised in response to a request from the Companion Animal Welfare Council for job descriptions for companion animal psychologists, behaviourists, trainers and advisors and has devised and agreed by the member organisations of the Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council (PETbc)


It provides the foundation for developing recognised job descriptions for all those involved in the canine sector.


The educational ‘Levels’ referred to in the table are those currently recognised in the UK. Full descriptions of these Levels and the way in which they relate to nationally recognised educational awards can be found by Clicking Here (Opens in new window)

Companion Animal Psychology, Behaviour and Training Practitioners

Levels of Expertise

Levels

Dogs

Cats

Horses

Rabbits

Rodents

Exotics

7/6

Lecturer

6/5

Canine Psychologist/ Behaviourist

6/5

Teacher/lecturer

5/4

Specialist Canine Psychologist/Behaviour Practitioner/Trainer

4/3

Canine Behaviourist Practitioner/Trainer/Advisor

4/3

Specialist Dog Trainer/Instructor

3/2

Dog Training Instructor

3/2

Pet Socialisation and Training Advisor

Examples of practitioner knowledge and experience at each Level

7/6

Doctorate/Postgraduate/Lecturer with specialist knowledge and understanding of canine and owner psychology, behaviour modification and epidemiology and including practical experience as a practitioner.

6/5

Post graduate or veterinary surgeon with specialist knowledge and understanding of canine and owner psychology, behaviour modification and epidemiology and including practical experience as a practitioner.

5/4

Honours graduate or equivalent practical and theoretical experience, with specialist knowledge and understanding of canine and owner psychology, behaviour modification, some understanding of epidemiology and including practical experience as a practitioner.

4/3

HND/HNC/OCN/C&G (Level 3) or equivalent with practical and theoretical experience in training and behaviour modification, canine and owner psychology and some understanding of epidemiology.

3/2

Practical knowledge and experience of dog ownership, the socialisation of puppies and basic pet dog training.