Do you own a cantankerous cat, a disruptive dog or another troublesome animal companion? The University of Lincoln wants to help. It has launched an MSc in clinical animal behaviour to develop skills to diagnose and manage the root causes of bad behaviour in household pets. Applicants should be graduates in life sciences, veterinary scientists or qualified veterinary nurses, and will be offered both full-time and part-time courses from September 2009. "The programme will open the door for students to pursue careers as professional clinical animal behaviourists," said Daniel Mills, professor of biological sciences at Lincoln and head of the course.