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Canine and Feline Educational Workshops

At Companion Veterinary Clinic, our mission is to inspire, educate and empower people with the tools to build healthy relationships and safe environments for the animals in their care. Whether you’re looking to teach young children about safe interactions with animals, an organization that works with animals and seeking a greater understanding of Canine and Feline behaviour, or a Veterinary Clinic looking to reduce fear, anxiety and stress in your patients, we’re happy to present on these or any topics that will promote compassionate care and handling.

Animal Behaviour Basics for Animal Trainers, Animal Rescues, and Veterinary Professionals


Canine Behaviour Basics: How to Better Understand Your Dog’s Behaviour and Meet their Needs (1.5 hrs)

  • Canine body language,
  • What motivates dogs?
  • Myths about Dominance Theory,
  • Environmental Enrichment,
  • Learning Theory,
  • Positive reinforcement training techniques,
  • Prevention and management for common behaviour concerns.

Next webinar: Thursday, April 2nd from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
For more information or to register: click here

To help support Canadian Seniors, all proceeds from this event will be donated to Drive Happiness.



Feline Behaviour Basics: How to Better Understand Your Cat’s Behaviour and Meet their Needs (1.5 hrs)

  • Feline body language,
  • Environmental enrichment,
  • Learning theory,
  • Positive reinforcement training techniques,
  • Prevention and management for common behaviour concerns.

Next webinar: Thursday, April 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
For more information or to register: click here.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Paws In Need Animal Rescue




Animal Behaviour and Safety Education For Children


Doggone Safe: Dog Bite Prevention Seminar for Children

Doggone Safe promotes education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased child safety around dogs. This seminar is ideal for preschool and elementary aged children. (30-45 mins)

Canine and Feline Body Language: Bite Prevention in Canines and Felines

Recognize Canine and Feline body language in your pets and how to stay safe around cats and dogs. This seminar is appropriate for Elementary and Junior High aged students. (1 hour)

Fear Free and Animal Behaviour Education for Veterinary Practices and Veterinary Schools


Animal Behaviour in Veterinary Practice (1-2 hours): Incorporating Fear Free techniques and animal behaviour into your veterinary practice. This presentation is geared toward Veterinary Technology students or Registered Veterinary Technologists.

Compassionate Veterinary Care: The Fear Free Approach (1.5 hrs):

  • What is Fear Free?
  • Recognizing fear, anxiety and stress,
  • Canine and Feline body language,
  • Setting patients up for success.

Start Off on the Right Paw: Behavioural Prevention for our Canine and Feline Patients  (1.5-2 hrs):

  • Puppy and Kitten Development,
  • Identifying “Red Flag” puppies and kittens,
  • Learning Theory,
  • Prevention and management for common Kitten and Puppy behaviour concerns,
  • Setting our Puppy and Kitten patients up for success.

Calm, Confident and Compassionate Handling and Restraint: Distraction and Towel Wrap Techniques (3 hrs):

  • Canine and Feline body language,
  • Considerate approach and gentle control,
  • Distraction techniques,
  • Towel wrap techniques.

The towel wrap portion of this presentation is done as a hands-on lab.

Jessica Benoit, RVT, CPDT-KA

Jessica Benoit is a Fear Free™ Certified Veterinary Professional, Trainer and Approved Speaker, who provides continuing education opportunities for veterinary professionals, animal-related organizations and clients. Jessica has delivered presentations and workshops for the University of Alberta, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, as well as the Vetoquinol Continuing Education Event.

If you are interested in booking a speaking engagement please contact for more details. Fear Free™ presentations can be booked privately with Jessica, or you can visit Fear Free Pets to book a speaker in your area.


“We recently had Jessica Benoit speak to veterinary professionals on behaviour prevention for canine and feline patients.  From the very beginning, Jessica was wonderful to collaborate with, accommodating, hardworking and her seminar went beyond our expectations.  Her passion for the wellbeing of animals is very evident and inspiring!  The content she presented was relevant, relatable and practical for the audience. Jessica kept the audience engaged throughout the session and was able to deliver a lot of information in a positive and motivating manner.  The anonymous feedback from seminar attendees was overwhelmingly positive with phrases such as “Amazing speaker”, “Entertaining and very knowledgeable”, “Topic very relevant”.  We would use Jessica again for a speaking engagement if the opportunity arose and would certainly recommend her.”

Alana Gomez, RVT
Territory Manager, Companion Animals – Alberta

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