- Course Code: UKMGC16CAC
- Location: Online
- Duration: 50 hours
- Cost: £240.00
- Qualification: Complete Animal Care Diploma
- Course Access: Lifetime
- Exams Included: Yes
- Compatibility: All major devices / browsers
Includes the Following Courses
The Ultimate Animal Care Course
If you are one of the many people that has a natural love for animals and would like to learn more about how to care for them in a more effective manner, then this special 4 in 1 course will provide you with the skills and knowledge that you require. By covering different aspects of animal care from pet sitting, to dog grooming, dealing with nutrition and even getting to grips with pet psychology, it is the perfect package for any individual that is serious about providing animals with the best care possible within their means.
Each course has been carefully designed to include all of the key information that you will need to not only be able to provide better care for animals, but also go on and have a career within these fields. To better understand what you will receive, we shall look at each course in brief.
What you Will Learn.
This course contains a number of different aspects including the following:
- A pet sitting course
- A dog grooming course
- A pet nutrition course
- A pet psychology course
The Pet Sitting Course
The pet sitting course looks at not only how to care for the animals, but their health and safety and even how to approach them in the correct manner. You will also be guided through how to do things safely for the sake of your own health and also that of the animal. Of course, this also then leads to the legal side of things as well as how to look for certain diseases that could spell disaster for both the animals you are caring for and your business in general.
Furthermore, you will learn about pet sitting and what is involved, dog walking, how much time to allocate to the animals and even how to transport them in a safe and secure manner. If that was not enough, you will also be taken through how to run the business side of things, including the key forms that are required.
It should be noted that this course does include more than just dogs and cats.
The Dog Grooming Course
With our dog grooming course, you will learn about more than just how to groom them, but also why doing so is such an important thing for their health and general wellbeing. You will be guided through looking at their health, parasites, and their anatomy, so that you get a better understanding of the concept of grooming.
There will also be information on the business side, including how to set up your workstation to allow you to groom dogs in a professional manner. This will also include how to deal with a fearful dog as well as those that are difficult to handle. Finally, you will discover how to handle emergencies should any arise, providing you with a full understanding of the dog grooming industry.
The Pet Nutrition Course
The pet nutrition course will provide you with the relevant knowledge to allow you to run a professional business advising people on how to provide their pet with the best nutrition and help their health in the process. You will focus on different types of food and pet diets and what the various nutrients can do for their general health.
Furthermore, you will study their digestive system and the various feeding stages that they have to go through in their life according to their needs at the time. You will be taught about the ideal weights for various pets and the issues that they may face when they fail to be within that weight range.
Finally, you will be taken through the concept of what is good food for pets and what would be deemed to be bad food, including snacks and even the use of herbs to help them. Alternative therapies, such as essential oils, will also be mentioned to provide you with a full range of ideas that can then be used in an advisory capacity.
The Pet Psychology Course
Our pet psychology course allows you to understand the behaviour of your pet and how to handle any issues. You will learn the history of the study of animal psychology and why it is so important. You will compare the brains of cats and dogs while focusing on their emotions and how to interpret them correctly.
In addition, you will work through how to best communicate with them and how their behaviour can change as they get older and how to cope with those changes. There will also be lessons on dealing with negative behaviour, including aggression and understanding psychiatric issues that can be distressing for both animal and owner.
The Benefits of our Ultimate Animal Care Course
There are a number of major benefits associated with this special 4 in 1 animal care course in that it does provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to look after animals in a more specialised way.
Throughout the various courses there is a real focus on the key training needed, and also how to run a successful business and to make sure that you are doing the correct things from a legal perspective.
However, further benefits include:
- Study online and at home
- Study at your own pace
- Have full support online as you complete the course
- Take advantage of the comprehensive modules that are easy to follow
- Receive an industry recognised certification at the end
- There are no entry requirements
By taking our Ultimate Animal Care Course it means you will be perfectly placed to work in a number of areas connected to animals. It is perfect for any individual that has a natural love for them and wishes to provide better care in order to offer them a superior life to what they are having right now.
- What is animal psychology?
- A quick word on evolution
- Historical background of animal psychology
- A generalised reason for learning animal behaviour
- Six in-depth reasons to learn about animal behaviour
- You will discover the possibility of re-domesticating animals
- Is pet fashion really appropriate?
- Is all animal vision the same?
- Seeing colours
- Seeing by feeling
- Night vision
- The definition of concept formation
- Types of concept learning
- What analogical reasoning means
- How concept formation is important to pets and your interaction
- New research shows science has just begun to understand the animal brain
- New tests designed for the animal help reveal their intelligence
- Comparing the human brain to other animals
- The dog and cat brain
- The history of emotional studies
- Oatley and Jenkins functional theory
- Cognitive bias test
- Basic emotions exhibited
- Pavlov’s Research with Dogs
- The Principles of Classical Conditioning
- Skinner’s Animal Research
- The Principles of Operant Conditioning
- Examples of spatial abilities in animals
- How animals navigate
- Scientific cognitive nomenclature
- Honing spatial abilities in pets
- An overview of language and animals, with an experiment
- The types of communication
- The ability to speak
- Training the human language
- The start of animal training
- Animal Behaviour Enterprises (ABE) work based on Skinner's models
- military animal training
- history of dog training
- How dogs change with age
- Understanding puppy behaviour
- Feeding time
- Similarities & Differences Between Humans & Dogs
- The Humane Hierarchy Model Of Training & Learning
- Natural Reinforcement
- How Dogs Learn From Other Dogs
- How smell is one of the most important senses that your dog has
- Why sound is not only about the barking that your dog is doing
- The body language in your dog is extremely important to their communication
- How a dog communicates through taste and touch
- See why dogs chase their tails
- Why dogs roll
- Human to dog communication
- About tail movements
- Definition of fear and anxiety
- The causes of fear
- The onset of fears and phobias
- Ten most common fears
- About house training your dog
- Teaching commands
- Four words to live by
- How your dog reads body language
- The definition of biobehaviour
- What is monitoring?
- How it applies to dogs
- Why is biobehavioural monitoring in dogs so important?
- Why dogs mark in inappropriate places
- The reason dogs may urinate when excited or submissive
- Urination as a result of loud noises
- The why behind soiling your home
- How cats communicate with scents
- Cat talk and what it means
- Cat body language
- How a cat uses touch and taste to communicate
- Eating Rituals
- Early Lessons for Kittens
- How Older Cats Change
- About catnip and presents
- About belly up and Halloween cat
- About grooming
- About catnaps
- The ins and outs of litter trays
- Why cats soil other places
- How to deal with litter challenges
- About jumping up
- What separation anxiety is
- Why cats fear thunderstorms
- About outdoor phobias
- About eating disorders
- Building a relationship with your rabbit
- Common misconstrued behaviour
- Rabbit elimination
- The chew
- Types of hamsters and gerbils
- Comparison to other rodents
- About hamster talk
- About gerbil talk
- Introducing Global Nutrition Organisations
- Food Types
- Types of Diet
- Pet Food Labels
- Muscle Tone and Body Condition
- Skin and Hair Coat Health
- Digestion and Elimination
- Immunity and Prevention of Disease
- Dog Digestive System and Anatomy
- Puppies and Kittens
- Senior Cats and Dogs
- Pregnancy in Cats/Dogs
- Healthy Pet Weight
- Weight Problems
- Pets not Eating
- Pets over Eating
- Where to buy the pet food
- Cheap versus expensive
- Vet approved foods
- Changing pet food
- What treats to feed your pet
- When to provide treats
- How to provide treats
- Where to buy treats
- Medicinal Health
- Fleas and Skin Problems
- Cautions for Pets and Herbs
- List of Herbs for Pets
- Human Food
- Foods Toxic to Dogs
- Foods Toxic to Cats
- Foods Harmful to other Pets
- Essential oils that are known to be harmful to pets
- Research on essential oils
- Aromatherapy for pets
- Use of essential oils on pet fur and skin
- Animal nutrition
- Carbohydrates and Fibre
- Minerals and Vitamins
- Guinea Pigs
- 7 nutrients required
- Amounts necessary
- Keeping the area clean
- Fish Food Ingredients
- Basic Nutrients
- Types of Food
- Regulating the Tank
- Dietary Differences Among Birds
- Seed Eating Birds
- Non-seed Eating Birds
- Switching Diets
- Reptile husbandry and how it impacts eating
- What reptiles eat
- Feeding Reptiles
- Deciding how and what to feed your reptile
- The goal of food diaries
- Recording what, when and how much
- Health Issues
- Weight loss and gain
- Introduction to pet grooming and why it is necessary
- Why we need to be calm and assertive when dealing with dogs
- Who can become a pet groomer
- What equipment is required for pet grooming
- Man's historic relationship with dogs
- The emergence of dog grooming
- When dog grooming was first undertaken
- The emergence of grooming from the purely practical to a fashion trend
- The anatomy of dogs
- Basic health and how to maintain it
- Parasites - external and internal
- The importance of a pre-grooming health check
- Why it is vital that your client knows the results of the check
- How to handle a dog during the check
- Why a checklist is important
- How to identify skin disorders and what to do about them
- How to identify coat disorders and how to treat them
- What affects a dog's coat
- The tools you need for grooming
- Whether or not pet grooming is for you
- The avenues open to people wanting to start in pet grooming
- Starting your own pet grooming business
- A business plan
- Training animals to enjoy bath time - the basics
- Step-by-step approach to bath time
- Preparing for bathing a fearful dog
- The bathing sequence
- Setting up the ideal work area
- Lighting, air flow, and safety considerations
- Workstation requirements
- The tools required
- Why thorough pre-grooming checks are important
- If and when you should abandon a grooming session and refer the dog to a vet
- What to look for in tooth and ear inspections
- How to deal with the coats of different types of dogs
- Getting the dog into the bath
- Washing the dog
- Why the shake is so important
- Air drying
- Towel drying technique
- Detailed drying of paws and other concealed areas
- The ears and how to clean them
- Cleaning around the eyes
- Teeth and gum health and cleaning, and when to hand over to a vet
- Trimming claws and shaping paws
- Why appearances matter
- Designing with an eye to cleaning and hygiene, and flea traps
- Where to start cleaning
- How to clean
- Grooming emergencies
- Rescue dogs
- Grooming care dogs
- Untangling the worst knots
- The law and the workplace
- Safety in the workplace
- Basic minimum safety precautions
- First aid training
- What pet sitting involves
- Health, safety and animal welfare
- The importance of security
- The safest way to approach any animal
- When you need a written health and safety policy in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
- How to protect yourself when you're on the job
- The risks involved in pet sitting and dog walking
- How to protect yourself from some serious health concerns you can be affected by through animal contact
- The five Types of Zoonotic Diseases to be on the lookout for
- About the Animal Boarding Act and when you will need to have a licence
- Your legal obligation to protect client information
- About Health and Safety at Work
- Who your true target audience is for your dog walking service
- How to build your pack of dogs
- How to recognise the signs of dog aggression
- The different types of dog aggression
- The purpose of the pre service visit
- How to prepare your pet information sheet
- About creating the right impression
- The documentation required
- The five forms to include in your client information pack
- How to use a client information pack to increase your profits
- How to store client information in compliance with the Data Protection Act
- An example statement to include on your veterinary release form to minimise your vet expenses (may be compulsory for your business insurance policy)
- The time you need to allocate for each dog walk
- The length of time you should leave between appointments
- The order in which to take care of each of the pets you are responsible for
- Insurance vulnerabilities when you include additional services for clients when they are on holiday
- The importance of securing animals during transport
- The safest transportation methods for dogs and cats
- Proper usage of crates for smaller animals
- The danger of cold temperatures to reptiles and how to aid their survival when necessary
- Why tight grasps negatively affect animal behaviour
- When you should and shouldn't handle animals
- A 3-step approach to minimising stress in animals
- Animal handling precautions that gets the animal to come to you rather than you cornering the animal
- The different breeds of dogs and cats
- Nourishment guidelines for feeding dogs and cats
- Precautions with vitamin supplements
- The different types of exercise to stimulate each pet in your care
- The three groups of fish and examples of breeds within each group
- The temperatures to maintain for each type of fish
- The frequency to test water for nitrates
- The frequency of cleaning the water in fish tanks and aquariums
- The best type of habitat to house rodents safely
- How often their cages need to be cleaned
- The safest type of bedding to provide
- The different breeds and types of rodents
- The different breeds of rabbits and guinea pigs
- How to care for young and elderly rabbits and guinea pigs
- The nutrition requirements
- About their behavioural traits
- Why you need to know about reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles
- Dietary requirements and feeding guidelines
- The temperatures each type of reptile requires
- The behavioural traits of reptiles
- How to approach birds for your first time with them
- The different types of birds you could be caring for
- The best types of bird cages that allow birds to exercise
- What you need to do when letting birds out of their cage
- What viruses pets need to be vaccinated against
- How to care for diabetic pets
- The symptoms of common illnesses
- The age kittens and pups should get their primary course of vaccinations
- The essentials to have in your animal first aid kit
- How to stop bleeding from a minor cut
- The risks of choking and how to treat a choking animal
- What to do if a dog suffers from heat stroke
- The length of time it could take for your business to receive its first payment
- When you need to register your business for VAT
- How long you need to keep financial records for
- How to manage your time efficiently
- About tailoring your services to meet the needs of groups of customers
- How to identify what people are already spending on pet care
- The simplest route to starting your own business
- What will drive a prospect to make the hiring decision and become a paying client
- A variety of ways to market your business effectively
- How to use your brand identity to promote your service
- The social media profiles to help you create your online brand
- How to design your business cards in a way that encourages people to keep hold of your information
- What you need to account for when pricing your services
- Pricing for small animals
- Pricing for dog walks
- Incorporating your business costs into your prices
- The difference between your direct costs and indirect costs
- How to determine your start-up costs
- How to maximise your earnings
- How to determine your cost of customer acquisition
- What to do when your business hits a quiet spell
- About making contingency plans
- How to deal with and reduce cancellations
- About scenarios when you may be best to discontinue services with problematic clients
I have already and will continue to highly recommend New Skills Academy!
A very helpful and well-structured introduction to Complete Animal Care. I haven’t completed all the course content and modules, but I am finding it is clear and easy to understand and the topics are presented with enough detail to enable a good understanding, but not overwhelm you!
Very straightforward process to access content, good value for money and there is an extensive range of free downloadable resources relating to the course.
While learning at my own pace, the course is giving me all the information I need to start my dream career.
I have already and will continue to highly recommend New Skills Academy!
Jenna Griffin – Coventry
It’s absolutely brilliant
WOW, I really learned so much more than I thought I would, this is an amazing course with useful insights and guidance. It was really well laid out, user friendly and a joy to participate in, even if you don’t want to start a business.
Any animal lover or owner would benefit from taking this course, as it covers so many aspects, from simple ways to handle a variety of different types of pets, grooming feeding and first aid as well.
It’s absolutely brilliant, I feel that I am now ready and prepared to start on my new journey. Thank you!
Loraine Simpson – Kent
How online learning can benefit you..
Who can take the Complete Animal Care course?Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The Complete Animal Care Course consists of 4 courses:
Each course consists of between 15 and 25 individual modules.
Modules can take from 20 to 90 minutes to complete. You are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.
Do I have to study the courses in a certain order?No. You can study the courses in any order you choose. If you want to, you can do one module from a course and then move on to the next course.
Where / when can I study the course?You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers, tablet devices and smart phones so you can even study while on the move!
Is there a test at the end of the course?Yes. Once you have completed all of the modules for each course there will be a multiple choice test.
The questions will be on a range of topics found within the modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for each test is 70%.
What happens if I fail the test?If you don’t pass the test first time you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.
When will I receive my certificate?Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it. If you would prefer us to post you a certificate to a UK address, there will be an admin charge of £10 (certificates sent internationally may cost more).
How can I pay?You can either use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Solo cards or PayPal account to pay for the online course. Our site uses the latest SSL encryption to ensure your safety. All payments are handled securely by PayPal.
How long after payment can I begin the course?You can begin the course immediately after your payment has been received. You will create your login details during the checkout process.
We will also send you an email confirming your login details.
How long does it take to complete the Complete Animal Care course?We estimate that the course will take about 50 hours to complete in total.
How long is my certificate valid for?Once you have been awarded your certificate it is valid for life. The certificate does not expire or need renewing.
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