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Care and Management of Small Companion Animals (Level 2)
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Course Summary:

This course is designed for those looking after small mammals at home, in temporary boarding, or in pet shops prior to sale. It combines essential techniques in housing, feeding and cleaning small animals, with key knowledge about small animal behaviours and characteristics.

The course consists of four compulsory units, with an optional fifth unit for those looking after larger numbers of small animals within the retail environment.

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 will Learn

Unit 1 

  • Introduction – Why we keep pets
  • Choosing a new pet
  • Suitability of the pet for the environment
  • Compatibility between pet and lifestyle
  • Commitment required
  • Life expectancy
  • Descriptions of each variety

Unit 2 

  • Housing and Handling
  • Suitable enclosures
  • Bedding
  • Safe handling
  • Temperature
  • Indoors v outdoors
  • House training rabbits

Unit 3 

  • Diet and Exercise
  • Correct feeding
  • Foods to avoid
  • Poisonous foods
  • Need for exercise
  • Suitable toys

Unit 4 

  • General Health
  • Individual requirements for each variety
  • Care of teeth
  • Claws
  • Bathing
  • Signs of stress and symptoms of ill health.

Unit 5 (optional)

  • Customer care and the management of small mammals within the retail environment