Reward sensitivity in dogs – risk factor for addictive behaviour and key to trainability
I graduated in veterinary science at the Veterinary University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). During my studies, as well as after the graduation, I worked at the biggest animal shelter in Slovenia. I continued my career as a vet at a small animal clinic in Germany. I was mostly interested in soft tissue surgery and ethology, especially in the recovery process and wellbeing of hospitalized patients and effects of stress on illness development. To deepen my knowledge I took a postgraduate course “General practitioner in small animal behaviour medicine” organized by Improve International as a partner organisation of the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS). After passing the exam and gaining the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert(AnBeh)) I continued with my MSc in “Clinical Animal Behaviour” at the University of Lincoln (UK). My dissertation focused on assessing impulsivity in shelter dogs using DIAS questionnaire.
In September 2018 I started my PhD project at Vetsuisse Fakultät with focus on reward sensitivity in dogs.