Caring for Animals in Kennels and Catteries

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

This course is designed to equip current or aspiring pet care professionals with the expertise they need to deliver a high standard of care in kennels and/or catteries.

This extensive six-unit course covers everything from record keeping and law to health and basic nursing, ensuring students are prepared to handle any situation they might face in a kennel or cattery environment.

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 Level: Intermediate Subject: Boarding, Working With Animals Fees:

£295
or pay a deposit of just £70, followed by 5 instalments of £45

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.

Your practical competencies need to be assessed for this pathway through a minimum of 30 hours’ working within kennels/catteries – this can be in a voluntary capacity. We can advise you and help you secure relevant placements.

We suggest you complete our Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues short course before beginning this course.

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 

  • 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

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.

Certification

On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in Caring for Animals in Kennels & Catteries, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at Level 2 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/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.

Your practical competencies need to be assessed for this pathway through a minimum of 30 hours’ working within kennels/catteries – this can be in a voluntary capacity. We can advise you and help you secure relevant placements.

We suggest you complete our Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues short course before beginning this course.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £295 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course

or

Pay a deposit of just £70, followed by 5 instalments of £45