MAE

Master in Applied Ethology

€7,706.00

The top online, self-study program for you, who wish to be an excellent professional with an advanced theoretical knowledge and a vast experience in training different animals. Earn your prestigious diploma as MAE (Master in Applied Ethology) and proudly display your MAE badge—30 online courses and eight video Proficiency Verifications. Full tutor support for the practical work.

Evolution Course

Evolution Course

Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations; evolutionary biology is the study of how evolution occurs. Behavior is a tool in the struggle for survival and reproduction.
"Evolution," the textbook for this course, is written by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.

Animal Welfare Course

Animal Welfare Course

Animal welfare is a science, with objective research approaches to understanding the needs of animals.
"Animal Welfare" is written by Dr. Anabela Pinto-Poulton, a fellow of the Wolfson College, Cambridge University, and a leading authority on animal welfare.

Animals EFR Certified

EFR for Animals Course

EFR, Emergency First Response (or first aid), is the immediate care given to an animal that has been injured, or is suddenly taken ill. The course covers the most important principles of EFR and taking it can be a lifesaver, should you one day need to help an injured animal.
"EFR, Emergency First Response" is written by M. J. Cunha, DVM.

Anatomy Course

Anatomy and Physiology Course

Anatomy and Physiology study the body plan and physical functions of animals.
"Anatomy and Physiology" is written by biologist Alessandra Bourquin (BSc and Master Trainer EIC).

Animal Learning Course

Animal Learning Course

Animal Learning studies how animals acquire the various behaviors they display, essential for you to understand how to train and change a behavior.
"Animal Learning" is written by Roger Abrantes (Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology).

Canine Behavior

Canine Behavior Course

Canine Behavior is the study of dog behavior in the natural as well as in the human environment. It reviews dog language from A to Z.
The best-seller "Dog Language" by Roger Abrantes is the textbook for this course.

Dogs Home Alone

Dogs Home Alone Course

Dogs Home Alone deals with the canine problem no. 1—the dog cannot be left home alone without showing clear signs of distress behavior.
Roger Abrantes wrote the best-seller, "Dogs Home Alone" for all dog owners who want to prevent or treat this serious canine problem.

Dog snarling

Canine Problem Behavior Course

Canine Problem Behavior reviews the most common cases of canine problem behavior.
The textbook is "Dog Language," the best-seller written by Roger Abrantes.

Pedagogy Course

Pedagogy Course

Pedagogy is the study of the principles and methods of instruction, teaching and education.
Textbook comprises ten articles by various authors.

Canine Basic PV

Canine Basic Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good dog trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can teach a dog some basic skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Animal Learning" before being able to complete this course.

Canine Problems PV

Canine Problems Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good dog trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can resolve a canine behavior problem and instruct the dog owner.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Canine Problem Behavior" before being able to complete this course.

Ethology Course

Ethology Course

Ethology is the study of animal behavior in the natural environment. Create a gratifying relationship with any animal by improving your knowledge of animal behavior. Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology. wrote "Ethology," the textbook for this course.

SMAF product

SMAF course

SMAF is a tool to help us in applying learning theory to practical behavior modification.  It is a language to describe learning with all its components.
"Mission SMAF—Bringing Scientific Precision Into Animal Training," the textbook for this course, is written by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.

Canine Scent Detection

Canine Scent Detection Course

Scent detection stimulates your dog, teaches you and your dog what serious teamwork is, and is great fun for both of you. A course for civilians as well as professionals. Take the theory on-line and begin practicing right away. Earn your certificate in Canine Scent Detection Theory.
"Canine Scent Detection—The Practical Manual" is written By Roger Abrantes.

Canine Advanced PV

Canine Advanced Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good dog trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can teach a dog some advanced skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Canine Basic Proficiency Verification" before being able to complete this course.

Equine Behavior Course

Equine Behavior Course

Equine Behavior studies the behavior of horses and particularly its social behavior.
The textbook (not included) for this course is "The Nature of Horses" by S. Budiansky.

Feline Behavior Course

Feline Behavior Course

Feline Behavior and Misbehavior studies the behavior of cats as well as the most common causes of problem behavior and how to solve them.
The textbook (not included) for this course is Linda Case's "The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition, and Health."

Equine Basic PV

Equine Basic Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good horse trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can teach a horse some basic skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Animal Learning" before being able to complete this course.

Guinea Pig agility.

X Basic Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good animal trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can teach an animal, other than a dog or a horse, some basic skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Animal Learning" before being able to complete this course.

Think

Critical Reasoning Course

Sound and logical reasoning—you learn to analyze arguments rationally, to distinguish valid from invalid, and sound from unsound, to conduct rational discussions, to become a clearer and more compelling debater.
Textbook: "Think Out of the Box—A Guide to an Open and Critical Mind" by Roger Abrantes (Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology and BA in Philosophy).

Zoology

Zoology Course

Zoology is the branch of biology that studies the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct.
The textbook (not included) for this course is Springer, J. and Holley D.,"An Introduction to Zoology."
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Evolution" before being able to complete this course.

Evolution And Ethology

Evolution and Ethology Course

Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations; Ethology is the study of animal behavior in the natural environment. This is a comprehensive and advanced course in evolution and ethology.
The textbook (not included) for this course is David McFarland's "Animal Behaviour."
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Ethology" before being able to complete this course.

Learning And Behavior Course

Animal Learning Theory Course

Animal learning is the science that studies how animals learn the various behaviors they display. This is an advanced course.
The textbook (not included) for this course is Paul Chance's "Learning and Behavior."
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Animal Learning" before being able to complete this course.

Measuring Behavior

Measuring Behavior Course

Measuring Behavior—Stop "guessing" and start "knowing." Discover how to predict behavior accurately. Learn how to sample behavior, create and use ethograms, evaluate your results, and present your findings. Study how to measure changes in behavior such as frequency, intensity, duration, number of errors, speed, latency, and fluency.
The textbook for this course is Roger Abrantes' "Measuring Behavior."
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Evolution and Ethology" before being able to complete this course.

Canine Final PV

Canine Final Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good dog trainer. This is your final canine proficiency verification before earning your CAAE diploma. You will show you can teach a dog some advanced skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed Canine Advanced Proficiency Verification before being able to complete this course.

Equine Final PV

Equine Final Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good dog trainer. This is your final equine proficiency verification before earning your CAAE diploma. You will show you can teach a horse some advanced skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed Equine Basic Proficiency Verification before being able to complete this course.

X Final PV

X Final Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good animal trainer. This is your X final proficiency verification before earning your CAAE diploma. You will show you can teach an animal some advanced skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed X Basic Proficiency Verification before being able to complete this course.

Summer Camp Course

Summer Camp

Sailing and diving in Paradise—Three first days ashore with theoretical classes and swimming pool diving training. Then, four days and three nights cruising the islands of the South Andaman Sea, diving, snorkeling, and hiking on the islands.

Team Building Course

Team Building

This course teaches you to work in a team and to achieve results, to design a plan of action, stay focused, make executive decisions, manage your resources (including human resources) and control your emotions. This is an on-campus course that you take at our annual Summer Camp.

Problem Behavior Advanced Course

Problem Behavior Advanced

Problem Behavior Advanced studies the problem behavior of our companion animals—and how to create successful behavior modification programs. This is an on-campus course that you take at the annual Summer Camp.

Internship

Internship

This is a tutor assisted internship, a gathering of practical experience. Your tutor will assist you and will be responsible for the approval of the animal behavior consultant you  choose.

Pilot Project

Pilot Project

pilot project is a small scale preliminary study that you conduct in order to evaluate the feasibility, time, cost and statistical variability in an attempt to improve upon the study design prior to performance of your full-scale final research project.

Final Project

Final Project

The Graduate Trainer Final Project is a study that you conduct in order to evaluate some hypothesis. You will defend your final project in your final exam for the Graduate Trainer diploma.

Master Course 1

Master Course 1

Master Course is any course of your choice provided it is at MSc level.

Master Course 2

Master Course 2

A Master Course is any course of your choice provided it is at MSc level.

Master Course 3

Master Course 3

A <b>Master Course</b> is any course of your choice provided it is at MSc level.

Master Major Course

Master Major Course

Master Major Course is any course of your choice provided it is at MSc level and related to related to biology, ethology, animal learning, evolution, ecology or psychology.

Master Thesis Icon

Master in Applied Ethology Thesis

The Master in Applied Ethology Thesis is a study that you conduct in order to evaluate some hypothesis. You will defend your final project in your final exam for the Master in Applied Ethology diploma.

Logbook

Logbook Verification MAE

Logbook verification and approval. The verification and approval of your logbook are free. DO NOT send your logbbok for approval before you have completed a program.

Product Description

The top online, self-study program for you, who wish to be an excellent professional with an advanced theoretical knowledge and a vast experience in training different animals. Earn your prestigious diploma as MAE (Master in Applied Ethology) and proudly display your MAE badge—30 online courses and eight video Proficiency Verifications. Full tutor support for the practical work.

Follow your passion, learn and have fun.

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These are the courses you have to complete to earn your MAE diploma. In principle, you can take them in the order you want, but we recommend a particular natural order so that you build up your knowledge and skills on the acquired knowledge and skills from previous courses. This route will make it easier for you to understand the subject matters of the subsequent courses. Courses become increasingly more difficult as you progress.

  1. Evolution is an introduction to the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. This course gives you the fundamental principles of evolutionary biology that you need in order to understand behavior, its evolution and development. It’s a basic, little course that gives you a good idea of our courses and tests. This should be the first course you take.
  2. Animal Welfare is an introduction to this topic focusing on definitions of the key concepts, principles, methods and goal. The special chapters on the welfare of companion animals, i.e. dogs, horses and cats, makes it extra relevant for all trainers of these animals. It is a relatively short course at beginner level warming you well up for the most difficult ones to come.
  3. EFR for Animals deals with emergency first response and first aid to an injured animal. Everyone should take this course—it’s a life saver. Easy to complete and once done, you will have acquired (or refreshed) some necessary skills.
  4. Anatomy and Physiology give an introduction to these subject-matters focusing on aspects related to behavior. It’s not a difficult course. It is only an introduction to these otherwise huge subjects, and yet it contains a wealth of information that will be essential for you, particularly when trying to understand problem behavior.
  5. Animal Learning explains the principles of training and modification of behavior. Now, you reached what might have been your main reason to have embarked on this study route. You want to be a good trainer, to be able to modify the behavior of animals. This course gives you the principles. Be meticulous and give yourself the time it takes to understand even the difficult topics. Enjoy the learning process. The introductory courses you have taken have prepared you to appreciate the nuances of the learning processes fully.
  6. Canine Behavior reviews all aspects of canine behavior. If you like dogs, which we feel assured you do, or you wouldn’t have started your studies with us, this will be an easy and enjoyable course for you. A breeze of fresh air after the previous heavier courses.
  7. Canine Home Alone Problems Prevention is better than cure for this canine number one problem. The course teaches you the technique to both prevention and cure.
  8. Canine Problem Behavior deals with the common problem behavior in dogs. It’s not a difficult course, particularly after you have taken Animal Learning, Ethology and SMAF. It will help you to diagnose problems more accurately and to design more efficient treatment programs.
  9. Pedagogy deals with the principles of teaching. All instructors should take this course. It’s a beginner’s course, yet containing many good tips that we are sure will help you become a better teacher/coach/instructor.
  10. Canine Basic Proficiency Verification is the time when you put it all together and show an instructor that you can handle a dog and communicate efficiently with it. It’s an easy verification if you have some basic experience with dogs and have completed all previous courses.
  11. Canine Problems Proficiency deals with solving canine behavior problems. Since this course follows the basic Canine Problem course, it only requires that you can solve the most basic canine problems that you’ll encounter while training dog owners and their dogs. We’ll deal with complicated problems in a later course. This is your last proficiency verification for the CPDT certificate . Once your instructor has ticked the ‘verified’ box in your student profile, you can print your certificate , and you have earned your CPDT badge.

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  1. Ethology explains behavior, its functions, development and evolution. This is not an easy course either, but one that will give you the essential foundations to understand animal behavior. To understand the behavior of your favorite species fully, you need to see it into a broader perspective. The knowledge you acquire during this course will be significant for the rest of your studies, no matter what specialization you choose. You will discover that there is a huge discrepancy between popular knowledge, myths, anecdotal evidence, old wives tales and reality, i.e., what proper scientific studies tell us.
  2. Applied Animal Learning gives you the morphology and syntax of SMAF, an artificial language enabling you to design training plans of action accurately. If you like logic and computer programming, you will love SMAF. If you don’t, just hang on, remember the principles and best practices and don’t worry about the SMAF itself. This course teaches you to be precise and goal oriented and it is a good quick review of the most important principles of learning theory.
  3. Canine Scent detection stimulates your dog without turning it hyperactive, teaches you and your dog what serious team work is, and is great fun for both of you. Take the theory on-line and begin practicing right away. Canine scent detection is one of the best examples of the cooperation between two species, of their separate skills working in conjunction and toward a common, practical goal.
  4. Canine Advanced Proficiency Verification is for the experienced dog trainer. It’s not difficult either but requires higher precision, a better knowledge of the learning principles and first of all more practice. If you are an experienced dog trainer, you will have no problems taking it. Upon completing this verification, you can print your certificate as CACE and you have earned your CACE badge.

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  1. Equine Behavior reviews all aspects of equine behavior. This s the first course we recommend if you are thinking about completing the CPAT level. It will give you insight into a new species—and one very different from dogs. It will definitely make you a better trainer—and a better dog trainer as well— because you will need to use techniques that we rarely need with dogs, but are crucial when we have to solve difficult problems.
  2. Feline Behavior reviews all aspects of feline behavior. You continue broadening your horizon, and becoming a good all-round trainer. You learn, now, about feline behavior—yet a third very different species from the two you have worked with hitherto.
  3. Equine Basic Basic Proficiency Test is the time for yo to show that you also can work and communicate with a horse in practice. It’s not a difficult verification, but you’ll need to have acquired some ‘equine manners.’
  4. X Practice Basic Proficiency Verification is your opportunity to try yet another species besides dogs and horses. Most students chose cats and guinea pigs. Even though the basic training principles are the same for all animals, working with a third species will indeed make you an advanced trainer. You should be able to do it without too much hassle now that you are this advanced. Upon completing this verification, you can print your certificate as CAPE and you have earned your CAPE badge.

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  1. Critical Reasoning gives you the principles for sound and logical reasoning. This is one of the big courses in your study route, undoubtedly a more difficult course that will make your brain ‘cook’ at times. We want all our students to take this course because our goal is to prepare you to be able to form your own sound opinions and develop your own style. To do that, you need to be able to analyze arguments rationally, to distinguish between valid/invalid, sound/unsound conclusions and to conduct discussions rationally with your peers. After critical reasoning, you’ll get much more out of your next two courses (evolution and ethology, and animal learning) thanks to your newly acquired objective mindset and your healthy and rational critical sense. Hang on, complete this course, and you’ll feel great about yourself, once you have printed your certificate.
  2. Evolution and Ethology is an advanced course. Now, we’re getting more serious. This and the following courses are at undergraduate level (BSc). You have to read more detailed texts and write an assignment. Assignments help you organize your ideas, formulate good arguments (particularly after you have taken “Critical Reasoning”). Once done with this course, you’ll know what you need to know about behavior to be a highly competent animal trainer and instructor.
  3. Animal Learning Theory is the second advanced course on your way to become an ACPAT (and maybe more). It gives you all the details you need to know about animal learning theory to be able to design efficient and advanced behavior modification programs. You will write a high quality assignment to complete this course.
  4. Measuring Behavior and Statistics give a survey of the principles in measuring behavior and the statistical treatment of data needed for all students to complete their pilot and final projects (if you want to take the Graduate Trainer certificate). This course will broaden your capacities—in addition to train animals, you’ll be able to conduct research projects and evaluate projects conducted by others. It’s not an easy course, but then again, to be a scientist is not something you achieve overnight.
  5. Zoology  provides an introduction to zoology focusing on the taxonomy of companion animals and marine mammals. This is a basic course with the goal of giving you an introduction into the zoological diversity and, hopefully, encourage you to further studies.
  6. Canine Final Practice Proficiency Verification is the time for you to put it all together and show that you can be a respectable and reputable professional handling dogs and dog problems. Of course, it’s not an easy verification, but it shouldn’t either. Then again, we are sure that you’ll make it, now that you have come so far, having acquired so much knowledge and gathered so much experience.
  7. Equine Final Practice Proficiency Verification corresponds to the earlier canine verification, only with horses.
  8. X-Practice Final Practice Proficiency Verification is your last proficiency verification. You show your acquired knowledge and skills with a third species. After this verification, you’ll be able to train any animal of your choice provided you study its particular behavior in advance. Upon completing this verification, you can print your certificate as CAAE and you have earned your CAAE badge.

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  1. Summer Camp is the annual event dealing with various topics, e.g. companion animal behavior, marine biology and diving.  You travel and live on-campus  with your peers and tutors for 21 days. Summer Camps cover four aspects: the academic, the social, the cultural, and the challenging.
  2. The Team-building course takes place during Summer Camp. Learning to work in a group, to manage your resources (also human), to control your emotions, to improvise when necessary, to make executive decisions, and to reach your goal—these are the challenges of this little, but important course. You’ll enjoy it, and you’ll learn much about yourself.
  3. Problem Behavior Advanced is the advanced course on problem behavior preparing you for your future life as a professional (10 days during Summer Camp). You work with real cases under the supervision of your instructor. Next time you’ll see a case, you’ll have graduated, and you’ll be on your own. This course builds up your self confidence.
  4. Internship gives you the necessary experience and routine after seeing a number of cases. You can take your internship wherever you like provided we approve your choice. We want to make sure that whoever will give you the internship is competent to do it.
  5. Pilot Project is the preparation project for the Graduate Final Project and must include all elements of the Final Project, though summarized.
  6. Graduate Final Project is your BSc equivalent thesis, which we submit to two external censors and you must defend it in a public session held once a year. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. You travel to Cambridge and defend your thesis. After being approved, you’ll receive your diploma as a Graduate in Applied Ethology as well as your much deserved Graduate badge.

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  1. Master Course 1 is for you who wishes to continue to the top. You choose course and take it wherever you like (after your tutor’s approval). This course is at the graduate level.
  2. Master Course 2 is the same as master course 1, just on another subject matter of your choice.
  3. Master Course 3, again the same as the two previous courses.
  4. Master Major Course is your specialization. You choose subject-matter, but it has to be within the fields of biology, ethology, animal learning, evolution, ecology or psychology.
  5. Master Trainer Final Project is your MSc equivalent thesis, which we submit to two external censors and you defend it in a public session held once a year. The same rules apply as to the Graduate Trainer Final Project, except that the project must fill 60 pages (+- 10%) and the project must contain some originality. After being approved, you’ll receive your diploma as a Master in Applied Ethology as well as your Master badge of which you can be truly proud.

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It’s a long route, but one that will bring you many pleasant moments as well as knowledge and skills that will help you build up the professional career you wish—and maybe also help you at a more personal level. We design our courses and programs with the very clear goal of turning you into a good professional, but most importantly, we hope they will also help you to become the person you want to be.

Let’s get started!

Practical experience

You have to log at least 50 dogs, 20 horses and 40 other animals you have trained, plus 20 ITs (Individual Training). For logging purposes, you must have worked with one animal for a minimum of two hours and have achieved a significant and observable behavior modification to count it as “trained.” An IT is a case you treat individually where you diagnose and plan a program to resolve a problem behavior (e.g. a dog that cannot be home alone, a horse that does not go into the trailer, or a cat that does not use the litter box). To go to your logbook click My Logbook.

If you train a dog class of, say, eight dogs, you may log eight dogs provided the class has extended over a period of at least eight sessions of two hours each.

If you work at a vet clinic, shelter, equine center or any place where you handle many animals every day as part of your job, you may not log them as trained animals unless your work with any particular animal demonstrates a significant and observable behavior change.

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We design our courses and programs with the very clear goal of turning you into a good professional, but most importantly, we hope they will also help you to become the person you want to be.

Enroll now for EUR 7706 (USD 8,165.74). (Currency converter)