Pet Bereavement Support Certificate 

Pet Bereavement Support Certificate Level 2

Key Information

Key Information


CPD Points

Study Time

Start Date

Study Mode



15 hours



Assessment Method

Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge

Course Fees



Unit 1

The Pet-Owner Relationship & Bereavement Support

This unit examines the human and animal relationship and commonalities between human and pet bereavement. Learn how to deal with different types of grief including, death, the animal went missing or was stolen, the animal was given up for adoption to a rescue centre or another home.

This unit also studies euthanisa: The when, how and why. Explore how we dealing with different types of death including: natural death, accidental death, unintentional neglect, sudden unexpected death, the animal died while left in the care of another person, etc.

Unit 2

Pet Bereavement & Other Support Mechanisms

Gain an understanding of pet loss and the common grief reactions at different ages including, the attitudes of others, children & pet loss, pets the elderly and loss of the family pet. Learn how to ask questions and how to listen. Understand the process of loss and the stages of grief. Learn about pet bereavement and other animals, for example, assisting other animals who may pine. Gain an understanding of the practicalities; what to do with a pet's remains and belongings, rituals, goodbyes, ceremonies and mementoes.

Pet Bereavement Course


The Pet Bereavement Course is relevant to animal care professionals in a variety of roles, and to those who would like to assist when pet owners lose their animal through euthanasia, accident or natural death. Gain an understanding about pet bereavement and learn how to  offer the right support.


The attachment and bond developed with an animal can be a highly rewarding experience.  The pain felt through the loss of a pet is often experienced similarly to human loss and grief.


Pet Bereavement Counselling


Pet Bereavement Counsellors can be employed by animal welfare charities and veterinary surgeries, many are self employed people working in this specialised area of Pet Bereavement Counselling. Through this course, students will learn how to review and reflect upon the attitudes and reactions of people before and after the death of a companion animal.


Much of the learning is to do with a carefully-chosen opinion based upon reflection of approaches to death and how best to support someone who has lost a beloved animal. Therefore, there are several activities and questions to answer, some of which may not have a right or wrong answer. The overall assumption of the course is that anyone who approaches a pet bereavement counsellor (or their veterinary practice), has a particular attitude in terms of animal life. They are likely to have the attitude that an animal is sentient (self aware) and, that their relationship with the animal is was and still is significant. 

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