To celebrate the foundation of the University of Bern’s new Companion Animal Behaviour Group, we have invited international experts in the field of companion animal behaviour science, including veterinarians, biologists and psychologists.


To bring together specialists from these various backgrounds in an interdisciplinary workshop on companion animal behaviour and clinical animal behaviour.

* Places are limited to 40 attendees, therefore please register early *

Dates & Time

Start: Thursday 5 April at 2pm         End: Friday 6 April at 3.30 pm

Speakers (alphabetic order)
(Please click on the speakers‘ names for their CVs and on ‚abstract‘ to see the abstract where applicable)

Dr. Christine Arhant, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna  (AUT) –  „Supervision of child-dog interactions – implications for dog-bite prevention“ Abstract

Dr Enikő Kubinyi, Eötvös Loránd University (HU) – „Aging in pet dogs“ Abstract

Dr. Lindsay Mehrkam, Monmouth University (USA) – „Applied Behaviour Analysis in dog behaviour modification“ ***half-day workshop*** Abstract

Prof. Daniel Mills, University of Lincoln (UK) – „Health issues affecting dogs with behaviour problems“ Abstract

Dr. Rowena Packer, Royal Veterinary College, University of London (UK) – “’Exploring the behavioural, cognitive and welfare impacts of canine epilepsy”

Dr Patrizia Piotti, Eötvös Loránd University (HU) – „Canine clinical behaviour and human psychopathology: a Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory approach“ Abstract

Dr. Karolina Westlund, ILLIS ABC Animal Behaviour Consulting (SWE) – „Reducing fear in pets at the vets“ Abstract 

Programme Link

The workshop will take place at the

Vetsuisse campus
Länggassstrasse 120
3012 Bern, Switzerland
in the lecture hall on the first floor.

Click here for travel information and a campus map


Link to registration form

There is a non-refundable registration fee of CHF 40,- (students: CHF 20,-). Invoices will be emailed after the registration deadline.

* Deadline for registration is Friday 23 March 2018 *


This workshop is funded by the Fund for the Promotion of Young Researchers, University of Bern, and financially supported by the Animal Welfare Division, University of Bern.


For any questions, please contact Dr. Stefanie Riemer
0041 79 2936846