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Work in a Pet Shop – Canine
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Course Summary:

This pathway has been designed to give those working in pet shops (or looking to work in pet shops) the skills they need to provide members of the public and their pets with knowledgeable service and a high standard of care.

The content of this pathway has been curated to enable students to provide consistent high-quality care and service within the pet shop environment, by focusing on the following areas:

  • Working and Caring for Animals in Pet Shops
  • Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues
  • Advanced Canine/Feline Care

This career pathway combines 3 of our individual courses, providing students with a clear and comprehensive path towards a career in animal care. What’s more, when you take this pathway, you’ll save £190*, compared to taking each course on its own.

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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

Working and Caring for Animals in Pet Shops

Unit 1

  • The Animal Welfare Act
  • The five freedoms
  • Responsibility for serving customers and looking after the animals in a pet shop
  • The retail environment
  • Contact with the general public
  • Animals and their care
  • Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Employer’s duties
  • The Pet Animals Act

Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues

Unit 1

  • Customer Service and Care
  • Client Distress
  • Personal Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Prevention of Ill Health and Accidents
  • Risk Assessment
  • First Aid
  • Legal Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Insurance

Advanced Canine and/or Feline Care

Advanced Care and Management

Section 1 looks at the physical aspects of kittens and puppies from conception to old age including their growth and development. It also discusses the expressive language used by dogs and cats, grooming needs and essential equipment.

Section 2 concentrates on their mental development, how socialisation and play affects them and also considers the dangers that lie within various environments. Boarding and veterinary insurance are also discussed.

Advanced Health Care

Section 1 looks at general health care, preventative medicine, the effects of spaying and neutering, poisons and the effects and alleviation of hereditary defects and diseases. It also examines the increasingly popular alternative medicines in the form of homeopathy, flower remedies, osteopathy and chiropractice.

Section 2 considers the common ailments of dogs and cats and their treatment as well as first aid and emergencies, including those which may occur during whelping and kittening.

Advanced Nutrition

Section 1 discusses food and the digestive system and how it works and investigates the constituents and merits of the various feeding regimes, labelling and packaging.

Section 2 investigates the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats from birth to old age. Also considered are feeding the pregnant and lactating bitch and queen, the special needs of the veteran dog or cat, feeding the sick or convalescent animal and special dietary regimes.

* compared to taking each course on its own