We are so excited to announce a brand new Diploma in equine training!

This course gives you a unique opportunity to gain a Diploma as an Equine Training Instructor, the first of its kind to meet ABTC standards. You will learn how to successfully apply behavioural science and learning theory to the practice of training horses, ponies and other equids by using a variety of techniques and you will learn how to teach owners and handlers how to apply these techniques too.

The Equine Training Instructor Diploma is formally recognised by the ABTC as meeting their Animal Training Instructor standard and is a pathway for those looking to become a registered ATI for equines with the ABTC.

To celebrate the launch of this fantastic new course, we are offering a 5% discount to anyone who reserves their place during the early bird period (ending 1st September!).

NEW BACH FLOWER COURSE IS RELEASED

We are excited to announce a new and updated Bach Flower Remedies: Animal Practitioner course. This course is for existing Bach Flower Remedy practitioners and, in conjunction with your Bach remedy knowledge, puts you on a direct path to becoming a Bach Centre Animal Practitioner.

The course is approved by the Bach Foundation. On completion of the course, your certification will allow you to join the Bach Foundation Animal Practitioner Register.

As an BFRAP it is crucial that you are able to identify the normal behavioural ethogram for a species so you can separate out the abnormal or negative emotional states which need treating.  By the time you complete the course of study, you will have covered the ethograms for all the species you will commonly encounter in practice & empowered you to derive the ethograms for any other species with a little more research.   It is a truly comprehensive programme founded in pure behavioural science & your remedy knowledge.  Because it has been so carefully refined to meet your needs as a BFRAP, we have been able to keep it simple & as a result, enjoyable.

We provide you with a grounding in animal behavioural science which, when combined with your Bach Flower Remedies qualification, allows you to treat animals as a Bach Centre Animal Practitioner.

The NAC Team

More Exciting News!

Launching TODAY, you will be able to purchase the Equiculture Horse Rider's Mechanic Course on our new custom-built NAC LMS Platform.

View the courses available here.

We recognise that riding is a part of many horse owners' lives and therefore we feel it is vital that easy-to-apply, effective and ethical information such as this course is easily accessible to owners. Position and balance when riding are of vital importance, not just so that you look pretty, but to make yourself as easy to carry for your horse as possible.

This course fits with the NAC's ethics as it provides you with the knowledge to help you ride your horse in a way that allows them to move freely and improve their way of going.

For now, thank you all for your patience in waiting for our new suite of courses to be released and thank you to Jane and Stuart at Equiculture for trusting us with their fantastic courses.

Exciting Update!

Launching TODAY, you will be able to purchase the Equiculture Sustainable Horsekeeping Course on our new custom-built NAC LMS Platform.

View the courses available here:

The course is for anyone who owns one or more horses/ponies. If you are just starting out or if you have been into horses for many years this course is essential. This course challenges traditional outdated methods and offers innovative solutions for the forward thinking horse owner.

We also have another course from Equiculture launching on Friday the 3rd: The Horse Rider's Mechanic. This course focuses on providing horse owners with the understanding of the fundamental biomechanics required to gain a better ride with their horse.

For now, thank you all for your patience in waiting for our new suite of courses to be released and thank you to Jane and Stuart at Equiculture for trusting us with their fantastic courses.

The NAC Team

We are pleased to announce that the Natural Animal Centre is now an approved provider by UK Rural Skills. This is another step forward, allowing us to demonstrate that the NAC works at the highest standard as an education provider.

UK Rural Skills (UKRS) raise rural training standards by offering quality assured, accredited courses through their training provider membership scheme.

As part of it's restructuring and development, the Natural Animal Centre will continue to become accredited with further relevant organisations. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming courses and announcements.

The NAC Team.

What really makes a behaviourist?

There are so many professions in the equine industry; just as farriers, dentists and vets are all trained and highly knowledgeable in specific areas of animal care and welfare, so are behaviourists.

Behaviourists are the professionals out there that you should call on to work with you through your equine, feline or canine (etc) behavioural issue.

Why?

Because animal behaviour can be affected by health, physiology, environment, individual history, genetics and more - all things that qualified Animal Behaviourists have studied and attained in-depth knowledge about.

Therefore animal behaviour issues are considered clinical matters, which the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 states only vets may treat, or grant permission for associated professionals to treat in animals. This means if an unqualified individual helps you through your animal’s behavioural problems there could be legal consequences if the advice they gave you is found to be unfit or accurate.

Properly qualified Animal Behaviourists work alongside your vet and animal health care team to create behaviour modification/structured treatment plans to address all areas of your animal’s life to resolve the presenting issue.

The College of Animal Welfare states, to become a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, “You will need to be educated to degree level or higher in areas specific to clinical animal behaviour including ethology, learning theory, human psychology, animal welfare, ethics and clinical case studies” in order to be working at Clinical Animal Behaviourist level, and the Animal Behaviour Training Council states that to become a clinical behaviourist you should "[...] know how to effectively modify the behaviour of animals that are demonstrating all types of undesirable, inappropriate, problematic or dangerous behaviour, including those with a potential link to pathologies that require diagnosis in collaboration with a veterinary surgeon".

Here at the NAC we know that behavioural practice is much more in-depth than simply adjusting a training problem.

How do I know if I need a behaviourist?

At any sign of abnormal, difficult or troubling behaviour, you should contact your vet. When it is deemed that there is no direct medical cause for the behaviour (e.g. lameness, abscess, kissing spines, nutritional deficiencies, etc.), a behaviourist is the go to - just like you would get a farrier or trimmer to sort your horse’s hooves, a behaviourist should be the only professional to help you with your horse’s behaviour.

If you’re looking to train your horse to do something new then a trainer who uses your horse’s preferred methods would be your go-to, but if you’re looking to stop your horses from performing an undesired, abnormal or dangerous behaviour, then a Clinical Animal Behaviourist is the one you need.

(All statements are applicable to animals of any species)

You can find out more about how to become a qualified behaviourist by signing up to our email list for the latest news on our upcoming provision of recognised courses:

https://naturalanimalcentre.org

If you’re looking for a behaviourist then you can find a list of esteemed qualified individuals at on the ABTC website:

https://abtc.org.uk

We are thrilled to announce that the Natural Animal Centre is now a supporting member of the Animal Behaviour & Training Council.

The ABTC is the regulatory body for Animal Behaviourists and Trainers and we are delighted to be supporting them. This step forwards comes as one of many that we are taking to bring the NAC in-line with the legislative changes within the industry.

We are looking forward to working with the ABTC going forward to ensure that happens.

You can view our listing as a supporting member at https://abtc.org.uk/advisory-and-supporting-members/

All the best,

The NAC Team

As of November 2021, The NAC is under new ownership. Ross is retiring and has chosen Alex Le Grand as his successor.

Alex Le Grand is the new Director and Owner of the Natural Animal Centre with immediate effect. Joining Alex is an expert team consisting of Debbie Busby and Aliyah Woodland.

You can learn more about our new team by visiting the 'Meet The Team' page.

The Future of the NAC

As we move forward into 2022, the Natural Animal Centre’s Animal Behaviour Courses will be undergoing some significant changes in terms of the management, courses, delivery, content, etc.  The Bach Flower Remedies Animal Counsellor course is not affected at all by these changes.

Ross has spent nearly a lifetime alongside Heather writing and delivering animal behaviour courses and qualifications to many, bringing new behaviourists into the world in order to fulfil the mission statement “Positively influencing the wellbeing of animals worldwide”.

To develop the NAC into the future of the animal behaviour industry, Ross has chosen a successor.  Alex Le Grand is the new Director & owner of the NAC with immediate effect.  He is joined by an expert team consisting of Debbie Busby and Aliyah Woodland.

To find out more about the team please visit 'Meet The Team'

Moving Forward

The behaviour course content that has been shared and taught over the years has provided people with the knowledge and understanding to analyse and help modify problematic behaviours in equines, felines and canines and also to train these animals in a positive, ethical and practical way.

The Natural Animal Centre will continue to follow the path of delivering modern, scientific and ethical content in the form of courses, qualifications and branching out to provide our learners with workshops, webinars, guided learning, etc.

We are undergoing a restructure of the Animal Behaviour learning materials to ensure that as the world moves forward to an era where behaviour practitioners and trainers will start to become regulated through the Animal Behaviour and Training Council, the NAC keeps in-line and up to date with these changes.

The Bach Counsellor course has already been adapted to an online format.  Ross keeps the ownership of this course & will continue to manage all current & new students.  If you are a Bach Counsellor student this announcement does not affect you.

What will this look like?

  1. Course Delivery

First and foremost, Behaviour Courses will now be delivered through a new online learning platform that will allow students to carry out the learning in the same way as before, at a distance. However, moving online will also enable us to provide new facilities for assignment submissions, social learning through study groups and communities, self-guided and taught courses, access to tutors, online webinars and conferences and much more.

  1. Course Content

We are changing the structure and content of the existing Behaviour Qualifications so that we can provide the same high-standard of education whilst moving with the times and future-proofing our content so that we are producing animal behaviour practitioners that can work into the future, alongside the forthcoming legislative changes. The sale of behaviour qualification courses will be closed until Summer 2022 to allow us to make all the necessary changes to move forward, however; we will be adding more courses to our portfolio over the coming months that will be accessible to all in the same way as before.

More information regarding the changes to the courses will be provided over the coming months (Sign up to our newsletter to be notified when the new courses are released).

  1. Support for Existing NAC Students & Graduates

There will be no change for all existing NAC students who will continue to submit the course work as they do at present via nac.distancelearning@gmail.com.  Ross will continue to support you & upon graduation, the NAC will provide your certificate as it has done in the past.

Warmest wishes from Alex, Debbie & Aliyah.

To all our Natural Animal Centre Students ...

I am so pleased to have found such a highly qualified & enthusiastic team to take on the responsibility for the NAC’s future in the Animal Behaviour Market.  I know Heather would have agreed, as this will take her legacy & invigorate it for the future.

I wish everyone who is linked to the NAC the very best of fortune & hope your positive influence over animals’ welfare continues to grow over the decades to come.  I look forward to seeing all of our existing Animal Behaviour students through to graduation & to continuing to offer the Bach Counsellor course without interruption.

Warmest regards Ross.

Ross Simpson

… positively influencing the wellbeing of animals worldwide ...

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