Animal Shelter Management

Course level 3
CPD 190
Estimated Study Time 190 hours
Study mode Online/opt. practical
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

What is a companion animal?

The first unit of this animal charity course investigates the issues surrounding the animal welfare crisis.

Learn all about animal charities: Who are they, what work do they do?

Unit # 2

Animal Ethics: The moral status of companion animals

This unit serves as an introduction to the subject of Animal Ethics and Welfare.

Unit # 3

Handling & restraint

Learn techniques that will ensure minimum stress for various animals: this unit includes information about humane handling of animals for examinations and techniques that will ensure minimum stress for a variety of animals.

Unit # 4

Caring for Dogs

Learn about the general health & welfare of dogs including routine health checks & common health disorders, common diseases & parasites, handling & restraint, transport, essential grooming and nutrition, environmental enrichment and exercise. The unit includes information about the 5 Freedoms, UK animal welfare legislation, and how this relates to canines

Unit # 5

Caring for Cats

Learn about the general health & welfare of cats including, routine health checks & common health disorders, common diseases & parasites, handling & restraint, transport, essential grooming and nutrition, environmental enrichment and exercise. The unit includes information about the 5 Freedoms, UK animal welfare legislation, and how this relates to felines.

Unit # 6

Caring for Small Mammals

Learn about the general health & welfare of small mammals including their natural habitat, dietary needs and environmental enrichment and exercise.

Unit # 7

Caring for Reptiles

Learn about the general health & welfare of reptiles including routine health checks & common health disorders, common diseases & parasites, handling & restraint, transport, essential grooming and nutrition, environmental enrichment and exercise. The unit includes information about the 5 Freedoms, UK animal welfare legislation, and how this relates to reptiles.

Unit # 8

Caring for Rabbits

Learn about the general health & welfare of rabbits, including routine health checks & common health disorders, common diseases & parasites, handling & restraint, transport, essential grooming and nutrition, environmental enrichment and exercise. The unit includes information about the 5 Freedoms, UK animal welfare legislation, and how this relates to rabbits

Unit # 9

Health & hygiene

Unit 9 of this animal charity course is all about the importance of maintaining health and hygiene in an animal rescue home. Disease and illness prevention is an essential aspect of running an animal shelter. This unit explores how to identify and prevent disease and infections from spreading.

Unit # 10

First Aid

Learn the principles of first aid for companion animals and how to deal with various emergencies.

Unit # 11

Environmental Enrichment

Many animals in animal rescue homes experience high levels of stress due to being given up or abandoned and finding themselves in a new environment. This unit explores how to reduce stress for animals and how to empower staff and volunteers to prevent, recognise and respond to animal aggression in order to minimise bite risks.

Unit # 12

Advising clients

Providing sound advice to visitors and adopters is part of everyone’s job at an animal charity. This unit contains comprehensive information about adopting an animal, microchips, the importance of neutering, controlling parasites, vaccinations, nutrition, exercise, grooming, enrichment, lost and found animals and necessary information about animal medication.

Animal Shelter Management Course

The animal charity course has been developed for those working in various roles in the animal care and welfare sector and is relevant for small and large animal shelter workers and volunteers.

For this type of work, it is essential to have a good understanding of the needs and care requirements for a variety of species. For this reason, this course contains individual units with comprehensive information about the care of dogs, cats, small mammals, rabbits and reptiles.

Animal Shelter Management Course

This is an extensive 12 unit course as it is crucial to have a thorough understanding of a variety of other subjects essential for the smooth running of an animal charity. This course includes a 1 or 2 week optional practical at at the Cheltenham Animal Shelter in Gloucestershire.


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