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									                   P.O. Box 196                              Fax: 012 - 654 7659
                  Raslouw                                    Tel: 012 - 654 3448
E-mail:, Website: www.ethology

Dear Horse Advanced Students,

I hope you are all well and busy with Assignment 3!

This letter contains information on the Pretoria seminar, a few hints on the
presentation you all will be doing at the seminar (Assignment 4) and the
requirements for the final exam case study that you have to submit to pass the
course. Please read this letter and keep in a save place for future reference. (I
will also post it on the, click on ‘events’)

Date; Thursday 23 July, Friday 24 July and Saturday 25 July
Time: 8h30 for 9h00 – 16h00, Thursday and Friday
       9h00 for 9h30 – 14h00 on Saturday
Venues: Thursday en Friday: 17 Boabab Street, Eldoriagne Ext 11, Centurion
         Saturday: The Stables at Medunsa (directions will be provided at the
       seminar and we will assist students to get to this venue if necessary)

A final program will be available on the first day. Be ready to do your
presentation on Friday, 24 July.

What to expect at a seminar: The Advanced seminars are outcome based
orientated. Besides giving the presentation of your individual case study
(Assignment 4), you will be expected to participate in group work and
discussions that at times could turn into rather heated arguments! You will also
do some practical handling of horses under the supervision and guidance of
Altha Viljoen. The dress code for the first two day is smart casual and casual
(preferably jeans and long sleeved shirt that can offer a bit of protection) on the
last day when the practical work will be done.

What to bring along: Your notes, a pen/pencil and an open mindset! Catering
(‘normal’ and vegetarian) is included, but a little cash or a cheque book can
come in handy: The books ( all on Dogs and Cats unfortunately!) by Prof
Odendaal will be available at special seminar prices. Sorry – no credit cards. .

Travel and accommodations expenditures and arrangements are your own

I am including a short list of guest houses close to my home, 17/1 Boabab
Street, where the seminar will take place. I am willing to assist students
travelling to Pretoria by public transport and who will be staying in a guesthouse

in this area with transport to and from the airport/terminus provided that they
arrive on the Wednesday afternoon and leave late on Saturday afternoon or
Sunday. Please let me know in good time should you need my assistance and
make sure to provide me with your time of arrival, flight number, etc well in
advance. Keep in mind that you will perhaps have to wait a while at the airport
as I will not be able to do more than one run to the airport per day. I will also
assist these students with transport from the guest houses in this

Directions to 17/1 Baobab Street, Eldoraigne, Centurion

From Johannesburg:Travel towards Pretoria on the N1.

Just after passing the Shell Ultra City, take the ‘Old Johannesburg Rd’(R101).
At the T-intersection, turn right towards Pretoria. Travel for about 3 kilometres,
pass through 4 robots and then at the next robot turn left in to Hendrik
Verwoerd Drive. Move to the right side of the Rd, and at the first robot, turn
right in to Willem Botha Drive. Continue for about 800m, at the four way
stop, and turn right in to Piet Hugo. Follow Piet Hugo for two blocks, pass the
Dutch Reformed church, and then turn right in to Koedoe Street. After about
100 m the road makes a sharp turn to the left (the name then changes tot
Baobab Street). Immediately to your right will be a white Cape Dutch house,
17-1 Baobab. You have reached your destination! Ring the bell and we will
open the gate!

From Pretoria:

Take the N1 (also marked N14 or Ben Schoeman) to Johannesburg. After
about 10km, take the Jean Ave off ramp, at the robot, turn right towards Club
View (Lyttelton Rd). Follow this road in a south-westerly direction for about 2
km, then cross ‘The Old Johannesburg Rd’. After crossing the Old Jhb Rd the
name will change to Saxby Rd. Follow Saxby for about I km up to a robot. The
road sign will indicate Diepkloof/Pretoria (R114) Take the slipstream left
towards Diepkloof. After about 1 km turn left in to Piet Hugo Street. Pass
Springbok street. The next street is Koedoe. Turn left into Koedoe. After
about 100m Koedoe makes a sharp turn to the left and the name becomes
Baobab. In front of you will be white Cape Dutch house no 17-1 Baobab
Street. You have reached your destination!

From The East Rand (R21).Close to Pretoria, take the N1 South – direction
Jhb. Then take the John Vorster Off ramp and turn left towards Centurion.
Follow JV up to Hendrik Verwoerd Dr, turn Left in to HV. Drive for approx 2
km’s, cross the Old Jo-burg rd (R101) and move to the right lane. At the first
robot ( Willem Botha) turn right. Follow WB up to the 4 way stop (about 800m)
then turn Right in to Piet Hugo. Pass the NG Church. The next street is
Koedoe, turn right into Koedoe. After about 200m Koedoe makes a sharp turn
to the left and the name changes to Baobab. 17/1 Baoabab is immediately in
the turn to your right. ( A White Cape Dutch House).

Should you get lost – our telephone numbers are 012 654 3448 & 072 575

Guesthouses close to the seminar venue: Please visit the websites, make your decision and
arrange directly with the guesthouses.
Heideland:      Tel: 012 660 0241
                Website:,             E-mail:
Mahanya:        Tel: 012 654 9935
                Website:,             E-mail:

Ngena:          Tel: 012 653 0673
                Website:,                 E-mail:

Innjoy:         Tel 012 654 9998
                Website:       E-mail:          &

Hints on Assignment 4 – the presentation.

These are just guidelines not fixed rules.
1. You can do your presentation in Afrikaans or English.
2. Start with short back ground of the case you are dealing with. You are
welcome to improvise should there be missing information – like the name of the
dog etc.
3. A brief summary of the breed and perhaps a picture as well – especially if it is
an unfamiliar breed – is a good idea.
4. Please follow the format of the written report and be sure to put information
under the correct heading. Do not forget the prognosis and follow-up!
5. You are welcome to use power point, hand-outs, pictures etc to enhance your
presentation. There will be a laptop – so just bring your presentation on a disk.
However if you are using ‘Vista’ it is perhaps advisable to bring you own laptop
as it is not always compatible with the older version on my laptop.
6. Avoid generic resolutions and be specific in your recommendations. For
instance: if you want the owner to exercise the horse more, explain how often
you want it done.

Time limit: 20 min for the presentation and 5 min for discussion and
feedback by Altha Viljoen.

Advanced Exam Case study:

Every student should get involved with a real problem behaviour case and
submit a complete report on the problem as a case study. The report should be
according to the guidelines in the note.

Please do not use your own horse or that of a close family member.

The typed report should be about 10 A4 pages, 12-font, one-and-half spacing,
2,5cm margins around the page and justify the text. Provide a cover page with
your full name and address in the same way as for the assignments. Submit the
report to Altha Viljoen
Altha should receive the report not later than 15 November 2009. Please use
registered mail for the case study, make sure to make a note of the track
number and mail to:
Ms Altha Viljoen: P.O Box 38757, Faerie Glen, 0043
Altha takes the following into account when marking the exam case studies:
     Initial contact with the owner of the problem animal: Date and how the
        contact was established (referral through the vet, etc)
     Interview dialogue; on video, tape or transcription on paper
     Behaviour report: Correct format and use of appropriate approaches
     Follow up visit/telephone calls, dates are important
     Final outcome: or did the case need more consultations
     Type of case: The challenge the case posed (aggression, destructive
        behaviour, fear of loud noises, etc) and the effort involved.
     Videos or photos: relevancy to the case is of utmost importance
     Timely submission: Best Practice will only be awarded for students who
        submit their case studies before 30 November 2009.

NB: Students get used to receiving high marks for assignments and are often
disappointed if they do not get ‘Best Practice’ for the exam. Please keep in mind
that the exam is much more complicated than the case studies that you have all
done during the course. You are now dealing with an actual client and a real
animal. The mark you get for this case study is the final mark for the


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