Our Animal Care online course will give you a broad overview of animal health and care fundamentals.Perfect for individuals who are interested in veterinary nursing, shelter work, or starting their own animal care business, such as dog grooming, we’ll help you to better understand and work with various species and breeds.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to interpret animal psychology and behaviors, communicate using animal body language, recognize health problems, create feeding schedules and diets, and safely handle dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents, reptiles, birds, fish, and exotics.
The pet industry is booming, and there’s never been a greater demand for experienced animal care professionals.
Pet owners are investing more time, money, and effort into providing their pets with a high quality of life, and they are increasingly relying on the services of professionals to help with pet training, grooming, boarding, therapy, and fitness. With new career paths opening up every day to keep up with consumer demands, animal care workers are defining their own niches and specialties within the field. Recent trends include pet spas, cat cafes, luxury pet hotels, and even pet physiotherapists! If you love working with animals, then you can easily turn that passion into a viable career, and earn a comfortable living doing what you love.
This course will give you insight into animal behaviors, psychology, natural instincts, and health and dietary needs, and teach you to safely interact with animals of all shapes and sizes; from the statuesque Great Dane to the humble goldfish - and everything in between!
- Aging- from early years to old age
- How dogs socialize
- Dog psychology
- Why they perform certain habits
- Recognizing body language
- Interpreting postures and stances
- Why dogs sniff and smell
- Territory marking
- The meaning of barks and howls
- What causes fear, anxiety and aggression
All about cats
- All stages of development
- Feeding schedules
- Sleep and biological rhythms
- Sexual behavior and natural instincts
- Reading body language
- Understanding meows
- Preventative health care
- House training
Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
- Breed information and characteristics
- Common problems and diseases
- Providing an adequate living environment
- Exercise requirements
- How to care for them
Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice & Rates
- Difference between breeds
- Understanding behaviors and natural instincts
- Common health problems and diseases
- Environmental and lifestyle requirements
- How to safely handle
- General tips on care
- Small birds - behaviors and characteristics
- Larger birds & birds of prey
- The parrot family
- Maintaining good health
- How to prevent diseases
- How to care for fish
- Tropical fish
- Cold water fish
- Marine fish
- Identifying health problems
- Keeping reptiles as pets
- Care, environment, and handling
- Turtles, terrapins and tortoises
- Snakes and lizards
- Recognizing signs of disease
Who is this course for?
This course is ideal for anyone who wants to work with animals, or for animal care professionals who want to upgrade their skills.
- Aspiring veterinarians*, veterinary nurses, or animal technicians
- Animal shelter volunteers
- Pet groomers
- Pet sitters and kennel workers
- Pet trainers
- Dog walkers
- Pet store employees
- Anyone who wants to start their own animal care business
*Please note that this course will not give you professional qualifications to practice veterinary medicine - but it’s a great place to start if you’re thinking of becoming a vet!
No experience or prior knowledge is necessary.
There are many careers in the animal care industry. Salaries range from approximately £11,000 a year for kennel and shelter workers, to £55,000 per year for licensed veterinarians.
For individuals who open their own business or work on a freelance basis, such as dog walkers, professional groomers, animal trainers, etc., the earning potential is limitless!
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A PDF certificate is included in your course at no additional fee. To be eligible to gain your certificate, you need to successfully pass each course module (55% mark or more). Also, your course progress has to be 100% (each course page has to be saved) to ensure that the course is fully completed. Certificates can only be requested via your Virtual Campus.This was helpful. Thank you for your feedback.
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