Level 3 Diploma Animal Welfare Officer

Ofqual Code 603/4252/3
Qualification Level 3
Guided Learning Hours 278
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
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Course fees £1,500

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  • Total Fees: £1,600: Pay £160 now followed by 9 monthly instalment
    • Total Fees: £1,600: Pay £160 now followed by 9 monthly instalment £160.00

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Animal Welfare Officer Diploma Level 3

Are you interested in making a practical and positive difference in the lives of animals?

This Ofqual regulated Animal Welfare Officer qualification is perfect for anybody who wishes to work as an Animal Welfare Officer or Animal Welfare Inspector. This is a fulfilling career path to take as it follows a practical approach to animal cruelty prevention and in the licensing of animal-related premises.

To become an Animal Welfare Officer, you must meet the suitable qualification requirements. This Ofqual regulated qualification is one of the few animal welfare courses that is professionally recognised and gives you all the theory you need for the role. This Animal Welfare Officer qualification is also relevant for any RSPCA Inspectors, or anyone who wishes to become an RSPCA Inspector.

Additionally, it is of use to anyone who is working closely in animal welfare and who needs relevant qualifications on their CV. The qualification covers information about a variety of animals including specifics on dogs, cats, horses and reptiles.

Alongside the theory covered in this course, you also have an option for a one-day practical training placement at Worcester Animal Shelter.

This course is comprised of nine comprehensive units.

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Unit 1

Companion Animal Transportation

This unit covers animal welfare responsibilities in transporting companion animals. You learn about appropriate handling, restraint and transport methods for animals in fear, pain and distress, ensuring correct animal handling and minimised stress.

Unit 2

Animal Care

Unit 2 describes the care and welfare of companion animals including equines and reptiles. Information covered in this unit includes signs and causes of ill health and disease, how to prevent infection, disease transmission, nutritional requirements for different animals and finally the principles of correct storage for food and medication.

Unit 3

Animal Behaviour and Environmental Enrichment

In this unit, you study companion animal behaviour and environmental enrichment. You will understand how to improve the environment of animals. Improving animal environments is important in order to avoid behavioural issues, caused by poor quality of life and boredom. You also study the stress indicators and body language expressed by companion animals.

Unit 4

Understanding Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence

In Unit 4, you study the most important aspects of the reporting system regarding non-accidental injury to animals. Learn about the reporting and sharing of information between community service providers.

Unit 5

Equipment Storage and Record Keeping

Animal Welfare Inspectors are responsible for a wide range of equipment; learn about the correct use and management of equipment and how to maintain accurate records.

Unit 6

Understanding Animal Hoarding

In this unit, you develop an understanding of the types of animal hoarders and how to provide intervention. Discover the process of monitoring, reporting and combating hoarding. You also gain an understanding of how agencies and organisations manage hoarding recurrence, whilst studying the relationship between intervention strategies and hoarder types.

Unit 7

Advising the Public

This important unit explores the various ways to promote pet care advice for a range of animal species. Learn how to report a case of cruelty or neglect and the importance of record keeping.

Unit 8

Animal Welfare Legislation

Learn about the legal requirements relevant to the sector and the correct welfare of animals in line with legislation. Having a thorough understanding of legislation will hugely benefit the welfare of animals.

Unit 9

Inspecting Sites

In this unit, you learn about the inspection of premises where companion animals are being treated or accommodated. It includes information about the required standards for a range of companion animals. Learn how to provide advice regarding animal welfare and improving accommodation. Learn how to formulate written policies and procedures. In this final unit of our animal welfare officer qualification, you cover information about supervision of staff and training requirements.

One-Day Practical Training Placement

This Animal Welfare Officer course also includes the option for a one-day intensive practical training placement, available at Worcester Animal Shelter. There is a choice of dates available for students to choose from. For additional information on this placement, please contact one of our team through the chat box.

A Career as an Animal Welfare Officer

A career in animal welfare or as an Animal Welfare Officer is a rewarding one. The role entails a proactive approach to the prevention of cruelty to animals. Day-to-day roles will include identifying animals at risk, assisting local councils and animal charities with animal welfare and also providing talks to schools and other organisations.

Our Animal Welfare Officer Course is an Ofqual approved qualification, in line with new legislation. It covers local authority Animal Welfare Inspectors who work for councils, whose role requires inspecting and licensing animal activity businesses. This includes the licensing of any business involved in the welfare, sale and care of animals including dog boarding kennels, catteries, daycare for dogs, home boarding dogs, dog breeding and selling.

There is increasing demand from animal welfare charities, local authorities and other organisations to employ Animal Welfare Officers. Your role is to help and assist animals in need, be pro-active in the prevention of animal cruelty, to comply with current legislation, and to provide practical animal care advice and assistance to the general public about responsible pet ownership.


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Additional Course Information

This animal welfare qualification allows you to gain valuable knowledge about the welfare, care and other essential requirements, covering information on a range of companion animals. Discover the world of current animal welfare issues and legislation, first aid, animal handling, transportation, health and hygiene, stress reduction, bite prevention, record and equipment keeping, stray animal management and advising the public about responsible pet ownership. The course also includes information about understanding, recognising and responding to animal cruelty, interpersonal violence and animal hoarding.

Why wait? Enrol now to start your career as an Animal Welfare Officer.

For any further career advice or queries, please click the chat box where one of our animal professionals can advise you. If you are interested in our other animal welfare courses, you can view our full course list here.

Alternatively, you may like to view our Working and Volunteering with Animals E-Book, which includes all the information to inspire and assist you in finding the right animal career for you.


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