Animal Care is the skill of understanding animal behaviour, needs and characteristics which you will learn which our animal care courses. The animal care industry can include opportunities such as working in a Boarding Kennel, managing an Animal Welfare Centre and so much more.
Animals are becoming increasingly popular to work with or to keep as pets, the variety of jobs available is constantly increasing. From dog walker or dog groomer to working within a vets or zoo.
With the majority of these jobs there is also great flexibility allowing you to work part time or on a self-employed basis becoming your own boss.
Our most popular subjects include our dog grooming courses, and animal care courses online.
Sometimes it is hard to know where to start when you want to pursue your dream career but our animal care courses can provide you with a starting point and help you along the way. Please visit the National Careers Service for information on job roles.
It really depends on the career path you choose. Here are some career examples of where our courses would be valuable to you.
If you are a pet sitter, you may be employed or have your own business. Your duties will involve:
Whilst these tasks seem simple, there are certain things you should understand before being responsible for the pet’s needs such as:
In this case, you may want to investigate either our Animal Care Level 2 or Domestic Animal Care Level 3 courses. These two courses will provide you with a good foundation of knowledge to be successful in this field.
Ever wanted to work for the Zoo? These jobs do not come up often and if you are applying for the role, you want to be in the best position possible to be offered the job.
Our Zoology Level 3 will not only provide you with the knowledge required in order interview well, but it is also a popular course due to the fascinating content you will learn.
Once you have your foot in the door, you could progress onto Zookeeper, or team leader. With experience and a degree, you could become a curator!
Training to become a veterinary support assistant can lead onto all kinds of job roles and most people who take this course apply to work within a local veterinary practice.
This course will provide you with the basics you need to know when working within a veterinary practice including anatomy of dogs and cats, health and safety, infection control and veterinary pharmacy.
With every course sold, we can offer you:
Article Written by Hayley
Whilst most people can train a dog to sit or lie down, it is very complex understanding the behaviour of a dog and why they do certain things.
More people are introducing dogs to their families and there has never been a greater need for a dog behaviourist. One breed that has become extremely popular over the last five years is the Cockapoo and I have one of these dogs myself.
The Cockapoo is a mixed breed between a Poodle and a Cocker Spaniel. Cockapoos are very intelligent dogs in fact one of the most intelligent breeds out there, however they are also very nervous and this can be their downfall if not managed correctly.
An anxious dog can lead onto issues such as:
This can make jobs for the owner hard such as taking your dog to the vets, going for a relaxing walk, grooming your pet or leaving them at home by themselves.
When walking a cockapoo, sometimes they are not keen on other dogs when they are approached by one. If you tell your dog off, does it ever help the situation? Not in my experience!
This is a common occurrence with many dogs who have not been socialised from a young age.
There are other ways to deal with dog anxiety and first you must understand how the dog’s mind works. They could be aggressive because they are not confident in the dog approaching them. Therefore, telling them off is only installing more fear into them. In this case, you must work on the dog’s confidence.
In other cases, the pet could be showing dominance aggression, and this would require a completely different approach to fear aggression.
These are issues most people do not understand when acquiring a pet for the first time and has therefore caused a great demand in dog behaviourists.
Our animal behaviour course is great for anyone wanting to work within this field or if you just want to understand pet behaviour in more detail.