Work in a Rescue Centre – Canine

Pathway Summary
Pathway Details
Fees & How to Enrol

Do you want a career working in rescue centres, caring for dogs? This pathway is designed to help students negotiate the potential challenges they might face in this rewarding sector of canine care, and provide a high standard of care to dogs and their potential owners.

Over the course of your studies, you’ll focus on the following areas:

  • Working and Caring for Animals in Rescue Centres
  • Caring for Animals in Kennels and Catteries
  • Rehoming
  • Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues – FREE with this pathway

Category: Canine Subject: Petshops & Practices, Care & Management Fees:

£495
or pay a deposit of just £95, followed by 10 instalments of £40

Entry Requirements

Your practical competencies need to be assessed for this pathway through a minimum of 30 hours’ working within kennels – this can be in a voluntary capacity. We can suggest and help you identify possible placements.

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What You’ll Learn

Working and Caring for Animals in Rescue Centres

Unit 1

  • An animal care assistant’s responsibilities
  • The Animal Welfare Act
  • The five freedoms
  • The general role of assistants in rescue centres
  • Contact with the general public
  • Personal presentation
  • Animals and their care
  • Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Employer’s duties
  • The Pet Animals Act
  • Working in rescue centres
  • Information on the prospective new owner
  • The home check

Caring for Animals in Kennels and Catteries

Unit 1 

  • Record keeping
  • Law relating to small animals
  • Customer service
  • Hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • First aid

Unit 2 

  • Anatomy of the dog and cat
  • Skeleton, musculature, growth, skin, coat, senses, blood, lymphatic, nervous, urino-genital and digestive systems

Unit 3 

  • Nutrition
  • Diets
  • Feeding for pregnancy, at weaning and for geriatrics
  • Stock control

Unit 4 

  • Health
  • Basic animal nursing and first aid
  • Use of drugs
  • Diseases
  • Infections
  • Vaccination
  • Parasites
  • Veterinary attention
  • Care of older animals

Unit 5 

  • Kennel routines
  • Grooming
  • Special needs and requirements of: quarantine, rescue, welfare, showing, breeding, veterinary, hunting and other specialist centres

Unit 6

  • Animal welfare issues
  • Human support dog work and organisations
  • Job applications and conditions of employment: first aid (human)

A Student Training Programme will be sent with your first two units. This will contain your course outline, and is designed to ensure that practical elements are assessed and completed to the required standards. Workplace managers, supervisors or proprietors can assess occupational competencies in the workplace.

A Special Study and an Evolution Study must be completed during this course

Re-homing

Section 1

  • Attitude of the rehoming service
  • Essential skills and assessment
  • Care in the confined environment
  • Centre policies

Section 2 

  • Assessment – temperament and risk
  • Ensuring adaptability and adjustment
  • Documentation
  • Association of dogs and cats homes – code of practice

Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues

Unit 1

  • Customer Service and Care
  • Client Distress
  • Personal Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Prevention of Ill Health and Accidents
  • Risk Assessment
  • First Aid
  • Legal Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Insurance

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this pathway. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Distance learning is designed to be flexible, but as a guide, students who can spend 4-6 hours a week studying tend to complete a single unit within a month.

Certification

On successful completion of this pathway you’ll receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in our ‘Work in a Rescue Centre – Canine’ programme, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at Level 3 from ABC Awards and Certa Awards when you complete this course**.

This confirms that you have completed a validated training course at a recognised level of study.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise.

* The Animal Care College Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.

**ABC registration fees included.

What's Next

This pathway can help you progress in your career in the animal care sector.

Once it’s completed, you may wish to further your study. If that’s the case, we’d suggest:

If you’d like to turn what you’ve learned into a career, or you’re wondering how best to apply it to your existing role, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Entry Requirements

Your practical competencies need to be assessed for this pathway through a minimum of 30 hours’ working within kennels – this can be in a voluntary capacity. We can suggest and help you identify possible placements.

Course fee & how to enrol

This career pathway combines 4 of our individual courses, providing students with a clear and comprehensive path towards a career in animal care. What’s more, when you take this pathway, you’ll save £140, compared to taking each course on its own. Plus, you’ll get a free unit worth £145.

There are two ways you can enrol 

Pay the total course fee of £495 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course

or

Pay a deposit of just £95, followed by 10 instalments of £40