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Thursday, May 26 • 09:00 - 10:00
The neurophysiology of fears and anxiety. Why anxious dogs can’t learn!

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Fears Phobias and Anxiety are closely linked. Veterinarians require an understanding of these responses to be able to help their patients. Fear is a neurological, physiological, emotional, hormonal and behavioural response to a threat and a comprehensive description of the fear response is developed in this presentation. How short term memory and long term memory are developed and laid down is described, along with how memory is recalled. The impact of the fear response and cortisol on these processes is looked in detail. All of this is brought together to develop an understanding of the relationship between fears phobias and anxieties. This allows the participants to understand what fearful and anxious animals are likely to learn and why they cannot learn simple tasks


Andrew O'Shea

Camden Valley Animal Hospitals
Andrew has practised veterinary science in the Macarthur region of NSW since graduating in 1987. Since gaining membership of the Veterinary Behaviour chapter of the Australian and New Zealand college of Veterinary Scientists in 2008 he has provided a comprehensive veterinary behaviour... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 09:00 - 10:00 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre