Unit # 1
The stress of movement
Gain an understanding of how to recognise and reduce stress during transportation.
Learn how to effectively and humanely handle & restrain companion animals.
Unit # 2
Vehicle and equipment suitability and safety
Understand the regulations, responsibilities and legal requirements of transporting companion animals.
Principles of Animal Transportation
This animal transport course has been designed to assist all those involved in the transportation of companion animals; including animal ambulance drivers, pet taxi drivers, animal wardens, animal charity staff, animal welfare officers, groomers, veterinary staff, pet shop staff, re-homers and behaviourists.
This comprehensive course will assist you to gain an understanding of the legal requirements and responsibilities of safely transporting companion animals.
Human beings have been transporting animals for centuries and in the beginning before the industrial revolution and the advent of mechanical travel, it was animals that were used to transport other animals. Herding methods such as the European Transhumance with horseback riders moving herds of horses and cattle across the Pyrenees transported most animals. But also via droving – moving herds of sheep from the highlands to the lowlands of Scotland or the herds of Reindeer transported across the Steppes by Mongolian ponies.
Horses and ponies, donkeys and mules have always been the most commonly used animal for transportation. In ancient times carts or carriages would transport caged animals, to market, circuses, in travelling zoos etc. In these modern times transportation of animals has become commonplace and usually sophisticated and there are many different methods and vehicles or equipment used these days.
Whatever your reason for transporting a living creature, the welfare and safety of the animals in your care are of paramount importance. For this reasons there are many legal obligations and guidelines to help. Stress in animals has many causes; reducing stress if possible is vital in the safe and humane transportation of animals. The needs of different species of animals are very varied and what applies to one is not necessarily effective or suitable for others. This course explores how to safely transport companion animals ensuring minimum stress to the animal.