Level 3 Diploma in Kennel and Cattery Management

Ofqual Code 603/4611/5
Qualification Level 3
Guided Learning Hours 359
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
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Course fees £899

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Unit # 1

Canine Behaviour

This unit studies canine body language, common signs of stress and aggression and how stress can escalate into aggression. Gain an understanding of the body language signs and signals, unwanted behaviour that may arise and the signs of stress and aggression.

Unit # 2

Care of Canines in Kennels & Dog Day Care/Dog Boarding

This unit studies the causes of disease transmission & prevention and the appropriate welfare measures for kennels, dog day care and dog boarding environments. Learn about safe entry and exit management, essential PPE and the importance of environmental stimulation in kennels, dog day care and dog boarding environments. Learners will understand basic health and welfare issues for kennels, dog day care and dog boarding establishments and how to ensure all canine needs are met.

Unit # 3

Care of Felines in Catteries

This unit explores how to promote and maintain the welfare of cats in catteries. It includes information on health checking, methods of disease prevention & control and effective ways to provide environmental enrichment and mental stimulation. This unit also covers administering preventative and prescriptive medications.

Unit # 4

Feline Behaviour & Psychology

When working with cats, it’s useful to have an understanding of feline behaviour and psychology. This unit includes force free behaviour improvement, the human-feline relationship as well as signalling and communication behaviour of cats.

Unit # 5


What style of management should you have? What is the difference between management and leadership?

This unit looks at different styles that may be used in running a kennel and cattery establishment.

Unit # 6

Animal Welfare Legislation

Owners of boarding kennels and catteries are required to have an understanding of relevant legislation.

Unit # 7

Feline Handling and Transportation

Learn about the safe, force free handling and transportation of cats including the correct use of equipment and record keeping.

Unit # 8

Canine Handling and Transportation

This unit studies force free handling and transportation. The unit also includes information about equipment and record keeping necessary when working with stray and kennelled dogs.

minimum student age: 18 years

Kennel and Cattery Management

This Ofqual regulated qualification meets Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing requirements.

Broadly speaking, kennels and catteries can be divided into those that deal with boarding dogs and or cats and those dealing with re-homing unwanted or neglected animals. The role of a Kennel or Cattery Manager varies greatly and depends on the size and type of organisation or company.

Working for an animal charity dealing with the Kennel or Cattery Management side of things is very different to the work of a private boarding business. There are additional roles when working for an animal charity and these include; re-homing, behavioural assessments, health checks, ensuring enrichment for animals in long term care and more.

Jobs working hands-on with dogs and cats can be grubby and may involve touch physical outdoor based work. It is crucial that you don’t mind working outdoors in all types of weather as many catteries are based outside and dogs need to be exercised in all weathers.

Duties of a Kennel and Cattery Manager

The Kennel or Cattery Manager may be responsible for recruitment, staff training, daily routines, general management and maintaining high standards of care and hygiene throughout the kennels as well as dealing with marketing the business and customer care.

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