Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council

Article: Ross McCarthy Receives PETbc Award

Ross McCarthy PETbc Award
Centre: Ross McCarthy Right: David Cavill

Ross McCarthy MA FCFBA MGODT has been awarded the Pet Education & Training Behaviour Council Award for outstanding teaching and development of canine curriculum’s and professional practice courses. PETbc Chairman David Cavill presented Ross with the award at Crufts 2019.

This PETbc award includes; fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning; participating in effective and empathetic guidance and advice for students of canine behaviour; assisting students from equity achieve success in their courses; encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching; inspiring and motivating students through effective canine related communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; enabling others to enhance their approaches to canine learning and teaching; and developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning.

Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field

This includes the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training course development and presenting coherent and imaginative resources for student learning; implementing research-led approaches to learning and teaching; demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of the hands on practical course the CIDBT being the leader in the field practice for the United Kingdom of study in the design of the curriculum and the creation of resources for learning; communicating clear objectives and expectations for student learning; providing support to those involved in the development of curricula and resources; and contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources. Ross achieved all these and went on to teach the new Canine Tutors for his organisation the CIDBT.

Canine Education Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in learning and teaching for the dog training and behaviour industry.

Evaluation comprises making judgements about the quality of programs and activities that are part of the academic, and social experience of higher education. This may include showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective canine practice; using a variety of evaluation dog problem solving strategies to bring about change; adapting evaluation methods to different client centred contexts and student needs and learning styles; contributing professional expertise to the field of evaluation in order to improve program design and delivery; and the dissemination and embedding of good client centred dog training and dog behaviour practice identified.

Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience

This includes participating in and contributing to canine professional activities related to learning and teaching; innovations in service and support for students; coordination, management and leadership of specific practical courses and student learning; conducting and publishing research related to teaching; demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the canine profession; providing innovative multi facet training techniques /learning and teaching for different client ownership contexts, including dog training equipment. Enhanced learning environments, for large and small class sizes and/or to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort; and influencing the overall academic, experience of higher canine an people skill education.

The PETbc assessment considered how the applicant’s contribution has:

  • Influenced canine student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
  • Gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
  • Been sustained for a period of no less than 10 years, not including time taken for development or trial of any activity
  • Claims for excellence which are supported by formal and informal evaluation
  • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
  • Information contained in student data, student surveys, and references submitted by the nominee

A broad range of evidence in support of the claims against these criteria was provided. Ross met all the above and received the aforementioned award.