Pet Care Career Kickstarter

Guided Learning Hours 20
Units 5
Study mode Online Theory
Course content online, mix of videos, information, quizzes.
Start Date Anytime
Enrolment will be valid for 1 year
Entry Criteria Open to anyone over age of 14
Assessment Method Short Multiple choice Questions at the end of each unit
Award type Certificate

Course fees £49

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Would you like a career working in the Pet Care Sector but don’t know where to start?

If you are unsure of the career path you want to take, but know you want to work in the Pet Care Sector, this short course will help to introduce you to the different options available.

Free Careers Advice with this course!

Once you have completed the course, our specialist Careers Advisor and Student Support team will get in touch to offer you the opportunity of a one to one call at a time that suits you to discuss Careers with Dogs and answer any questions you may have.

Course Description

This Kickstarter course on Working in the Pet Care Sector will give learners an introduction into various career options such as, dog walking, pet sitting, home boarding and working in a pet shop.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to learn about environmental enrichment, first aid, body language, handling techniques, grooming and feeding.

The course also looks at employability skills and the benefits of volunteering to gain experience.

Once you have completed the course you will have the basic understanding needed to look for entry job opportunities in the pet care sector and consider further training and qualifications.

Unit # 1

Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Home Boarding

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Lean about the equipment needed
  • Understand the techniques of fear free training
  • Learn about health checks
  • Understand how to safely manage animals in the home environment
  • Study animal identification and record keeping

Unit # 2

Working in a Pet Shop, Environments Enrichment and First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Learn about the care of small animals
  • Understand how to advise customers
  • Study environmental enrichment
  • Gain first aid knowledge

Unit # 3

Body Language, Handling Techniques, Grooming and Feeding

  • Study the body language of dogs, cats and small animals
  • Learn about handling techniques for dogs, cats and small animals
  • Understand the grooming requirements of different animals
  • Understand the feeding requirements of different animals

Unit # 4

Careers and Courses within the Pet Care Sector

  • Examine various pet care career options
  • Become familiar with the pet care courses available
  • Look at the benefits of gaining an education

Unit # 5

Volunteering Opportunities and Employability Skills

  • Exploring volunteering opportunities in the pet care sector
  • Examining employability skills
  • Learn how to write a CV and apply for jobs

Careers within the Pet Care Sector

There are approximately 4,000 pet shops and 600 aquatic centres in the UK, employing over 20,000 people between them. Careers in this line of work involve the option of working for an established pet shop, or of setting up your own business.

Working with animals and running your own pet care business can be the ideal career for many people. Increasingly people are using Dog Walking, Pet Sitting and Dog Home Boarding to ensure their pets are well cared for whilst they are away or working during the day.

Running your own pet care business can be an extremely rewarding way to combine a love of animals with earning an income. Different businesses working with pets include dog walking, dog and cat grooming, dog home boarding, animal behaviourist, pet shop manager, pet taxis and more. For those who provide good quality care for animals, there are always returning customers.

Developing your Career within Pet Care Sector

We provide courses for pet professionals and pet caregivers focusing on ethical training and treatment for pets and animals in their care.

Our Ofqual approved qualifications meet the new Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) requirements.

These qualifications provide knowledge about a range of subjects including, running a pet care business, dog grooming, dog walking and pet sitting, animal care, behaviour and welfare, kennel and cattery management, and pet care in retail. All can be studied at your own pace and successful completion results in an Ofqual regulated qualification.

We have many students who have gone on to successful careers working in the pet care sector.


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