Animal Care College Diploma of Kennel and Cattery Management

Course Summary
Course Details

This course has been designed to prepare aspiring kennel/cattery owners and managers, through study of best practice animal boarding management techniques.

Over six units, this diploma will cover essential business techniques involved in managing an animal boarding institution, as well as factors such as hygiene and welfare.

You’ll receive your first unit as soon as you enrol, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Category: Canine & Feline Level: Advanced Subject: Boarding

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

Unit 1

  • Profit and loss – the financial implications involved in running a kennel

Unit 2

  • Planning and design
  • Systems buildings versus permanent structures
  • Planning permissions
  • The Animal Welfare Act

Unit 3

  • Health and welfare
  • Environmental issues
  • Model Licence Conditions
  • Working practices

Unit 4

  • Employing
  • Managing and training staff
  • Running accounts and book keeping

Unit 5 

  • Working routines and procedures
  • Health and safety
  • COSHH regulations
  • Health and hygiene

Unit 6 

  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Associated profitable enterprises

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. 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.


On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Animal Care College Diploma* in Kennel and Cattery Management, 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 course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career in the animal care sector, or better understand your own pet.

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

Advanced Canine and/or Feline Care

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

We classify our courses by level to guide students towards the best course based on their experience. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you’re open to challenging yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Before you begin this course, you may find it helpful to complete our Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues course.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £395 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course


Pay a deposit of just £75, followed by 8 instalments of £40