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Calm, Confident, & In Control: Training for a Cooperative Veterinary Visit

Date: April 2-3, 2022
Cost: $45.00 USD ($58 CDN) for both days (cannot register for one day only)

Platform: Zoom (Access to recordings for two weeks after the event)          

Join Tabitha Kucera and Jessica Benoit for a two-day virtual event. Calm, Confident and In Control: Training for a Cooperative Veterinary Visit.

We will be running 3 presentations over this 2-day event.

Learn the basics of cooperative care and training consent behaviors, how to incorporate food and non-food distractions into cooperative care training and veterinary exams, then get an in-depth look at case studies, followed by a panel discussion and questions!

In addition to the above event, Jessica Benoit is also running a 4-week virtual class, Calm Confident and In Control. Learn to teach your pet to be comfortable with veterinary exam handling and equipment, medication administration for ears and eyes, and how to teach chin rest and stationing consent behaviours! Click here to learn more.

Day 1: April 2, 2022

Cooperative Care: Getting Consent at the Vet (90 min)

Time: 9AM (MST) / 11AM (EST)

Learning Objectives:

What is cooperative care?

  • Recognize body language cues and behaviors that inform you when the animal would like to stop
  • Learn how to teach consent using stationing and chin rest behaviors
  • Learn the importance and application of predictor cues

Description:  This presentation will give attendees the knowledge and confidence to help teach their patients to participate in their veterinary care. Learn what cooperative care means, how we can teach consent and the importance of choice. Consent behaviors discussed will include stationing and chin rest. We will also discuss the benefits of using predictor cues for cooperative veterinary care training, and how to transfer this type of training to veterinary procedures.


Day 2: April 3, 2022

Cooperative Care in Action: Techniques for Food and Non-Food Distraction (60 min)

Time: 9AM (MST) / 11AM (EST)

Learning Objectives:

What are food and non-food distractions?

  • How to recognize patients that can benefit from distraction techniques
  • How to utilize both food and non-food distraction

Description: Teaching patients to cooperate in their care doesn’t always mean training consent behaviors. Animals can learn to make positive associations with veterinary procedures and care using food and non-food distractions. In this presentation, attendees will learn the importance of observing patient body language and using their own body language in a manner that prevents and alleviates fear, anxiety, and stress, and how to practically apply distraction techniques.

Cooperative Care in Action: Case Studies and Panel Discussion with Tabitha and Jessica (60 min)

Time: 11AM (MST) / 1PM (EST)

Putting it all together! Join us for an in-depth look into six case studies featuring both canine and feline patients. Questions and discussions will follow with Tabitha and Jessica.

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