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Evidence-Based Practice for Animal Professions (Where’s the Evidence?): Part One. Presented by Dr. Morag Heirs

  • Tuesday, July 06, 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

How do you stay up to date with the latest research in your field? Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn? Or has that slipped away since you graduated, and no longer had to reference assignments.

The good news is there’s more research being published around animal behavior than ever before. The bad news is you might not know it exists or how to access it.

Evidence-based practice is a relatively new buzzword for the animal behavior and training world, but it’s been around a long time in human health care and research. When we’re trying to decide what strategy to take for a specific client, or justify a decision to the animal shelter, wouldn’t it be great to have some solid scientific back up? Even if it turns out that there’s not much evidence, that can help inform our decisions too.

Learning Objectives:

• Learn how to frame clinical questions – the starting point for all evidence-based practice.

• Discover the best places to search for reader friendly summaries of research.

• Seek out and retrieve relevant research papers.

About Your Presenter    

Dr. Morag K. Heirs PhD MSc MA(Hons)(SocSci) PGCAP CAB

Dr. Morag K. Heirs PhD MSc MA(Hons)(SocSci) PGCAP CAB is a practicing clinical animal behaviorist and an enthusiastic academic with particular interests in research, evidence-based practice, scent work and deaf/blind dogs. She divides her time between academic study and clinical practice.

She is currently a visiting lecturer for the University of Edinburgh (MSc in clinical animal behavior) and supervises MSc research students there. She is also course director for three entirely online MSc programs for practitioners of nutrition science, oriental medicine and complementary medicine, and teaches research skills for practitioners.

She is a director of Well Connected Canine Ltd, based in York, U.K., and manages a small team who provide canine behavior services to private clients, local government organizations, and national animal rescue organizations. She specializes in risk assessment, treating phobias and working with deaf and/or blind dogs. She also includes skills from her previous career as a myofascial release and remedial massage therapist in many consultations.

She also enjoys canicross ultra running with her two collies and a large German wire haired pointer.

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