Animal Care Course

 Animal Care Course

What you’ll learn

1. Welcome to small animal care

  • Introduction
  • Course outline
  • What you will learn
  • Why you need this course
  • Getting the most out of this course

2. History

  • Domestication
  • Use of animals as a source of power
  • Guardians, hunters and companions
  • Classification of animals
  • Types of common pets

3. Breeds and breeding – Part 1

  • Classifying dog breeds
  • Five of the most popular breeds of dogs
  • Common breeds of cats

4. Breeds and breeding – Part 2

  • Pocket pets
  • Things that creep and crawl
  • On the wing
  • Let’s talk about breeding
  • What is responsible breeding?
  • Registration

5. Animal behaviour

  • Instinctive versus learned behaviours
  • Communication
  • Importance of socialisation
  • Behavioural problems
  • Methods of corrective training

6. Anatomy and physiology

  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Muscle and skeleton
  • Growth, development and the endocrine system
  • Digestive and urinary systems
  • Circulatory and respiratory systems
  • Nervous system
  • Reproductive system
  • A vital balance
  • Additional considerations

7. Animal diseases and treatments

  • Common skin problems
  • Intestinal problems
  • Heart diseases
  • Common dentistry problems
  • Vaccination schedules

8. Health and hygiene – Part 1

  • Bathing
  • Grooming

9. Health and hygiene – Part 2

  • Preventative health
  • How to clean an animal’s bed/living areas
  • Dealing with pests and parasites

10. The importance of exercise for small animals

  • Benefits of exercise
  • Exercise deprivation
  • Animal obesity
  • Types of exercise
  • Establishing a workout regime
  • Exercise safety

11. Nutrition – Part 1

  • Choosing the right food
  • Determining food ingredients/feed labels
  • Determining the correct amount/feeding schedules

12. Nutrition – Part 2

  • Dietary supplements
  • Treats

13. Small animal first aid

  • How to recognise an animal emergency
  • Dealing with an injured animal
  • Administering medication
  • Building an animal first-aid kit
  • Treating non-life threatening injuries

14. Safety

  • Correct handling methods
  • Typical restraints
  • Vehicle safety
  • Micro-chips and other ID methods
  • Pet proofing
  • Emergency ID cards

15. Pets

  • How to choose the correct pet
  • Lifestyle questions
  • How to choose a child’s pet
  • Therapeutic value
  • Living with a new pet

16. Animal welfare

  • The Animal Rights Movement
  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Animal rescue organisations
  • Staying informed on changing welfare policies
  • Who needs to be licensed or registered?
  • What you can do

17. Animal care careers

  • Know yourself
  • Exploring careers
  • Veterinary care
  • Veterinary care jobs
  • Customer service
  • Creative expression
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Getting ready to work
  • Starting your own business
  • Applying for a job
  • Going for an interview
  • Starting work

18. Reception

  • Customer service is the name of the game
  • Dealing with a distraught/angry client
  • Where and how to market animal businesses
  • Efficiency handling files and paperwork
  • Staying professional under stress
  • How to dress