Intermediate Animal Care Studies Diploma

QEL Code 809
Course level 3
CPD 60
Estimated Study Time 60 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Course fees £499£699

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Unit # 1

The Animal Body & Nutrition

Unit 1 of this Animal Welfare Course is all about understanding body systems. The subject of nutrition is also explored as a part of how foods are important for various functions in different companion animals.

Unit # 2

Animal Disease & Hygiene

Ensuring high standards of hygiene when caring for animals is essential to avoid the spread of disease. This unit explores how best to prevent disease and illness transmission.

Unit # 3

Care of Small Animals (Mammals & Birds)

The care of small mammals and birds is the subject of this unit. Learn about the care and welfare (including grooming, environmental enrichment, etc.) of rabbits, degus, mice, jerds, chincillas, gerbils, small birds and guinea pigs.

Unit # 4

Companion Animals & Accommodation

Learn about the importance of providing more than adequate accommodation for a variety of companion animals. Animal accommodation is a vital aspect of animal care and, this module explores how to ensure that this is provided in the best interests of the animals living in the accommodation.

Unit # 5

Care of the Cat & the Dog

Learn about the care and welfare of canines and felines. This module includes health checks, nutrition, environmental enrichment, exercise and, how to care for and understand older dogs and cats.

Unit # 6

Care of the Reptile & Invertebrate

Reptiles are now common companion animals. They require very specific care and, this unit explores the care and welfare requirements of reptiles and invertebrates.

Animal Care Studies

The Animal Welfare course is highly suitable for those who want to follow a career working with companion animals in the animal charity sector.

The Animal Welfare course is relevant for anyone wanting to learn more about how to provide the highest standards of care for a variety of animals kept as pets. The course is highly suitable for working or volunteering in a variety of animal care and welfare roles including animal shelter, veterinary and pet businesses.

Animal Care and Welfare Management

The course deals with the most popular companion animals including canines, felines, birds, reptiles, small animals and invertebrate.

Gain a thorough understanding of animal care and welfare, nutrition and the most effective ways of providing environmental enrichment in order to ensure proper expression of behaviour.


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Animal Care and Welfare Practical Placement

Cheltenham Animal Shelter is a long-established Charity which endeavours to rescue & re-home unwanted and abandoned domestic animals. Helping animals since the 1920s, CAS helps to deal with the ongoing issue of abandoned animals, taking in stray dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs as well as rodents and providing them with all necessary care until a forever loving home can be found for them.

Students who attend a highly sought-after placement at CAS as a part of this course have a fantastic hands-on opportunity supporting the Animal Care team whose rewarding job is to take care of these animals. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain highly sought after hands-on experience.

This placement includes gaining skills and knowledge in:

  • Kennel, cattery & small animal enclosure cleaning
  • Socialising and exercising a variety of companion animals
  • Providing enrichment activities for the animals
  • Home visit assessments
  • Shadowing the on-site Canine Behaviourist
  • Assist with the on-site Veterinary practice
  • Assisting in the Grooming parlour
  • Additionally, there are opportunities to be involved in fundraising/education activities which may be happening on site

Please note that students can enrol on this course without the Practical Placement. Students must be at least 16 years old to take part this placement. Students must be willing to work outdoors whatever the weather and be able to provide suitable clothing for the placement (comfortable clothing, outdoor and wet-weather resistant jackets when necessary, sturdy rubber-soled footwear and wellington boots for cleaning activities).
Placement days run from 8.30am-4pm.


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