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.
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
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Unit 5 (optional)
On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in Care and Management of Small Companion Animals, 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.
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.
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.
Your first unit will be sent to you when you enrol, you can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.
Your course materials are broken down into manageable units and will include helpful guidance and advice as well as additional reading lists and tools to signpost where you can source further information. We would encourage you to carry out wider reading and research on topics covered in the course materials.
Your learning materials have been developed by experts so studying is easy and enjoyable. At the end of each unit, there will be an assessment to complete and submit to your tutor.
Studying with the Animal Care College is a great place to start your learning journey and will give you a solid grounding in animal care subjects.
The Animal Care College’s courses promote the best care of pets at all stages of their development. We believe working and engaging with animals is a deeply rich and rewarding experience. Although the theory learning is important, being able to put your skills into practice beyond the theory is even more so. We are here to help you every step of the way as you build meaningful bonds with animals and gain in-depth knowledge that can only be obtained by working directly with animals. We can help advise on potential placements and work experience where necessary.
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.
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 £45Enrol Now
Or to enrol with additional retail unit
To enrol with this option, click here and add ‘Care and Management of Small Companion Animals (additional Retail unit) (Level 2)’ to your basket.
Pay the total course plus additional retail unit fee of £325 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course
Pay a deposit of just £75 (including additional unit fee) followed by 5 instalments of £50