Level 3 Diploma Animal Welfare Officer

Ofqual Code 603/4252/3
Course level 3
GLH 278
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
DEFRA Logo Open College Network Green Logo ELCAS Approved Logo

Course fees £1,500

Payment Options
  • 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

PayPal Logo
Unit # 1

Companion Animal Transportation

This unit explores the responsibilities in transporting companion animals. Students will learn about appropriate handling, restraint and transport methods for animals in fear, pain and distress, ensuring correct animal handling and minimised stress.

Unit # 2

Advising the Public

This unit explores various of providing provide care pet advice for a range of animal species. Learn how to report a case of cruelty or neglect and the importance of recording keeping.

Unit # 3

Understanding Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence

This unit studies the relationship between companion animal cruelty and interpersonal violence. Learn about the key aspects of the reporting of non-accidental injury to animals. Learn about the reporting and sharing of information between community service providers.

Unit # 4

Equipment Storage and Record Keeping

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

Unit # 5

Understanding Animal Hoarding

This unit studies the types of animal hoarders and how to provide intervention. Learn about monitoring, reporting and combating hoarding and how agencies and organisations manage hoarding recurrence. Learn abot the relationship between intervention strategies and hoarder types.

Unit # 6

Animal Care

This unit explores the care and welfare of companion animals including equines and reptiles. The unit includes information about: The signs & causes of ill health & disease and how to prevent infection and disease transmission, the nutritional requirements for a variety of companion animals and the principles of correct storage for food and medication.

Unit # 7

Animal Behaviour and Environmental Enrichment

This unit studies companion animal behaviour and environmental enrichment. Learn how to improve the environment of animals in order to avoid behavioural issues caused by poor quality of life and boredom. Learn about stress indicators and body language expressed by companion animals.

Unit # 8

Inspecting Sites

This unit studies the inspection of premises where companion animals are being treated or accommodated and includes information about the standards required for various companion animals. Learn how to provide advice regarding animal welfare and accommodation improvements. Learn how to formulate and check written policies and procedures. This unit includes information about staff supervision of staff and training requirements.

Unit # 9

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 # 10

Practical Training Day

This qualification includes an intensive optional practical training day at Worcester Animal Shelter. Choice of dates available to suit students.

minimum student age: 16 years

Melanie Poulter (completed the  Level 3 Animal Welfare Officer Diploma)

“Although I have been an Animal Licensing Officer for a few years now, I was able to learn a few things that I was not previously aware of, and feel it has enhanced how I operate.  I really enjoyed the course, as it was well written and easy to follow.   The Tutor was always very quick to respond to any email, or when marking the modules I submitted for assessments.” Melanie Poulter

If you want to be an Animal Welfare Officer …..

This Ofqual regulated Animal Welfare Officer Course is ideal for anyone wanting to work as an Animal Welfare Officer or Animal Welfare Inspector following a career involving a practical approach to the prevention of animal cruelty and in the licensing of animal related premises.

New legislation means that this Animal Welfare Officer Course is an accepted Ofqual approved qualification for Local Authority Animal Welfare Inspectors who work for Councils inspecting and licensing Animal Activity businesses – this includes the licensing of any business involved in the sale and care of animals including Dog Boarding Kennels, Catteries, Day Care for Dogs, Home Boarding Dogs, Dog Breeding and Selling Animals as pets.

Working as an Animal Welfare Officer or Animal Welfare Inspector is a rewarding career choice. Imagine it as working as a social worker for animals. Identify animals at risk, assist local councils and animal charities with animal welfare problems, provide talks to schools and other organisations and generally have a proactive approach to the prevention of cruelty to animals.

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

Animal Welfare Officer Course

All Animal Welfare Inspectors must be suitably qualified; there are many Animal Care Courses available but this qualification is one of the few that is recognised and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). This Animal Welfare Officer qualification is also a suitable course for RSPCA Inspectors or those wanting to train as an RSPCA Inspector and need relevant qualifications on their CV. The qualification includes information about a variety of companion animals including dogs, cats, horses and reptiles.

Environmental Health Officers can potentially be involved in complex cases of animal hoarding and this Animal Welfare Officer course covers both this and other situations that the officer might encounter in their work. This comprehensive qualification enables students to gain valuable knowledge about the welfare, care and essential requirements for a variety of companion animals. Learn about current animal welfare issues and legislation, first aid, animal handling, transportation, health & hygiene, stress reduction, bite prevention, record & equipment keeping, stray animal management and advising the public about responsible pet ownership.

The Animal Welfare Officer course also contains information about understanding, recognising and responding to animal cruelty & interpersonal violence and animal hoarding.

This qualification includes an optional practical training day where students will gain from intensive hands-on training.


Enquire about this Course

Why study this Animal Welfare Officer Course

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have issued procedural guidance notes for local authorities who need to license activities involving animals and the relevant establishments. The guidance for suitably qualified inspectors states:

“All inspectors must be suitably qualified. This is defined as:

(a) Any person holding a Level 3 certificate or equivalent granted by a body, recognised and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation which oversees the training and assessment of persons in inspecting and licensing animal activities businesses, confirming the passing of an independent examination. A person is only considered to be qualified to inspect a particular type of activity if their certificate applies to that activity. Or;

(b) Any person holding a formal veterinary qualification, as recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (“RCVS”), together with a relevant RCVS . continuing professional development record;

(c) Until October 2021, any person that can show evidence of at least one year of experience in licensing and inspecting animal activities businesses.

This Animal Welfare Officer course meets the Animal Activity Licensing requirements for Local Authority employed Animal Welfare Inspectors.


Enquire about this Course