Companion Animal Bereavement Counselling

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

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.

You will also complete a Special Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.

We send your first unit upon enrolment, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Level: QLS Level 2 Fees:

£295 £206.50
Pay 6 monthly payments of £52.50 £37.75

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.

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

You will also complete a Special Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.


On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 2 from Quality Licence Scheme when you complete this course**.

Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You will also receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in Companion Animal Bereavement Counselling, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

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

** QLS registration fees included.

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.

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 are looking to set up your own business then you should consider obtaining insurance cover. Further information is available on request.

You can get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £295 £206.50 in one sum and receive a £50 voucher towards the cost of your next course


Pay 6 monthly payments of £52.50 £37.75 (£20 administration fee included)