Companion Animal Bereavement Counselling

Course Summary
Course Details

This course – based on detailed research into pet bereavement – has been carefully designed to equip those working in places where pets must be euthanised, with the skills and knowledge needed to relieve the distress of owners.

Careers in animal care will inevitably bring you into close contact with those who’ve loved and lost a pet. They include veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, pet behaviourists, obedience trainers, boarding kennel owners and receptionists and pet shop staff.

Taking this course will enable you to help those people, and their pets, to cope with the effects of bereavement.

Category: All Level: Intermediate Subject: Psychology, Pet Care & Management

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

  • The human/animal relationship
  • Euthanasia
  • Natural death
  • Disposal and euphemisms

Unit 2

  • The effects of pet loss
  • The attitudes of others
  • The special problems associated with elderly owners and with children
  • Displacement
  • Grieving
  • The importance of ceremony and coping with other animals who may pine

Unit 3

  • Replacement animals
  • The need for mementos
  • The role of veterinary surgeons and other professionals
  • The role of counsellors

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 Certificate* in Companion Animal Bereavement Counselling, 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:

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

There are no prerequisites for this course. 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.

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


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