Vancouver Island Animal Training Association’s Annual General Meeting and Educational Event

When: Sunday June 23rd from 1pm to 5pm
Where: Pearmine Room at Cowichan Exhibition Grounds, 7380 Trans-Canada Highway, Duncan, BC.

Featuring a free educational event for members:
“Is That A Behaviour Problem? Behaviour Cases That Have Medical and Behavioural Differentials”
By Karen Van Haaften DVM DAVCB

Behaviour problems are often a first sign of underlying disease, and dog training professions are sometimes the first ones to notice these signs. This presentation will cover common behavioural changes in cats and dogs that could indicate underlying medical problems. Behavioural cases with differential diagnoses in the clinical areas of dermatology, gastroenterology, neurology, and endocrine disorders will be explored. Ultimately, a team approach with veterinary and dog training professionals is needed to resolve many of these cases, so we will end with a discussion on how to build positive relationships with local veterinarians.


Pre-Registration is required for this event!

The educational event is FREE for members who attend the AGM.
The cost for attending the educational event only is $50
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Dr. Karen van Haaften received her DVM from Ontario Veterinary College in 2009 and spent 5 years practicing small animal medicine in Ontario, Canada. She discovered a passion for animal behaviour, and decided to return to school to complete a 3-year clinical behaviour residency at UC Davis (completed in 2017). In her role as Senior Manager of Behaviour & Welfare at the BC SPCA she aims to expand & enhance behaviour and welfare programs offered to shelter animals and the public. She has particular interests in animal welfare, humane training, and research.

Event Refund Policy; If you cancel your registration, you need to notify us via e-mail to
Cancellations received no later than FOURTEEN days before the event will receive a full refund less $5 processing fee.
Cancellations SEVEN to THIRTEEN days before the event will receive a 50% refund, less $5 processing fee.
Cancellations SIX DAYS OR LESS before the event are not eligible for refunds.