Sample Exam Questions


Exam 1 Multiple Choice Questions- theory

  1. The social organisation of feral cats varies depending mainly on:
    1. The number of individuals.
    2. The hierarchy
    3. The degree of socialisation with other cats
    4. The gender ratio
    5. Food availability


  1. Which of the following statements about sensitive periods of development is TRUE?
    1. They are the same as socialisation periods.
    2. They are periods in the life of an animal when fear is more intense.
    3. They are not periods of transition in neurological and behavioural development.
    4. They are periods when animals are more protected from physiological damage.
    5. They are periods when the environment has an effect on later behaviour, which may be particularly pronounced and long-lasting.


  1. Which of the following statements about communication is TRUE?
    1. The habitat limits the range of signals that can be used effectively.
    2. Scent is very flexible, energetically expensive to produce, and can last for a very long time.
    3. Brilliant body colours may be disadvantageous for deterring predators.
    4. Ritualized signals may be less ambiguous and increase the amount of information about the actor.
    5. There are two types of recruitment communication in ants, tactile and visual.


  1. Which of the following statements about food aversion is FALSE?
    1. Taste aversion learning is a specific type of classical conditioning.
    2. Taste aversion learning is a specific type of operant conditioning.
    3. Dogs are more likely to show conditioned taste aversion than cats.
    4. Taste aversion depends on the animal’s previous experience with food.
    5. Taste aversion learning is the only type of classical conditioning where the unconditioned stimulus does not need to be presented immediately before or after the other stimulus.


Exam 2 Multiple Choice Questions- Species behaviour

  • A dog with severe separation anxiety is referred to you. Following the recommendation of the primary care veterinarian, its owner has started a drug treatment two weeks before consulting with you. The owner reports that, during the two weeks of treatment, the dog has been drinking more than usual. The owner also reports that the dog has developed an “obsession” for ice cubes. At presentation, you find the dog in good physical condition. CBC, serum chemistry and UA are unremarkable. Which of the following drug has been administered to the dog? Please choose the BEST option:
    1. Buspirone
    2. Alprazolam
    3. Trazodone
    4. Clomipramine
    5. Selegiline


  • Which of these consequences can be linked to owners that are using painful training methods for their dogs?
    1. A better performance
    2. Aggressive response in the dog
    3. Improvement of the dog owner relationship
    4. A correct hierarchy between the owner and his dog.


  • Which of the following answers is FALSE?

A cat owner contacts you complaining of her cat waking her at 5am every morning.

What are causes of early morning activity by cats?

  1. Normal time of activity for cats
  2. Lack of exercise and environmental enrichment for the cat
  3. Normal activity of young cat
  4. Separation anxiety


  • Which of the following statements is FALSE? When housing Gerbils it is important to provide
    1. Companions for social behaviour
    2. Hiding places
    3. Hay for roughage
    4. Minimal substrate to prevent digging


Exam 3 Cases

Alfie is a 17 years-old, male neutered, cat that is owned by an elderly couple. For the past 5 years he has vocalised at random times during both day time and night time. He wakes the female owner with his crying at night and she offers food or water. Alfie stops crying and may or may not eat or drink. During the day, if he cries and the owner pats him, he stops crying.

Question 1.1

Please identify the points in the history that allow you to establish a diagnosis and explain why these are important. (3 points)

Question 1.2

What further information do you need to make a diagnosis?

Why? (6 points)

Question 1.3

What are your differential diagnoses? (3 points)

Question 1.4

Outline a treatment and management plan for each of your behavioural differentials for Alfie. (8 points)

Exam 4 Critique of a paper

A paper published in the last 5 years from a journal on the list is provided to the candidates to read. The exam consists of five questions that ask the candidate to assess the hypothesis of the paper, the data collection methods for any flaws, the statistics used and the results and conclusions drawn from the data by the authors.