Pet Courses

We offer a selection of Accredited Pet Courses designed to improve prospects working with animals in a variety of roles.

There are a great many different career options working with animals.

Many jobs involve working in animal care and welfare for animal charities and there are also frequently vacancies working for animal related companies. 

A career with animals involves either working directly in a hands-on way with animals in roles such as Veterinary Nurse, Dog Warden, Animal Care Assistant, Animal Welfare Officer, Kennel Assistant, Animal Behaviourist, and many more; or working in an office based position such as Campaigning, Fundraising, Management, Administration, etc.

Increasingly, those wanting to work with animals are deciding to set up their own pet care businesses such as dog walking, pet sitting, dog grooming, running boarding kennels & catteries, pet taxi service, dog behaviourist and more.

The Start Your Own Pet Care Agency Diploma course provides information about every aspect of setting up and running a successful Pet Care Business.

Pet Business Courses:


Here are some of the Pet Business Courses that we offer:

Dog Grooming Diploma Course

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business Diploma Course

Dog Walking Course

Cat Grooming Diploma Course

Pet Shop Manager Diploma Course

Pet Bereavement Counsellor Course

Companion Animal Transportation Course

Companion Animal Behaviour Course

These are all Accredited Level 3 Diploma courses, studied at your own pace and with full tutor support. 

Please contact us for more information about Pet Courses

Some of the Pet Courses We Offer:

Dog Grooming Diploma Course

In the Dog Grooming Diploma Course offered by Animal Jobs Direct provides a comprehensive 6-part theory module course that will educate you on all aspects of dog grooming and ensuring a canine’s health, happiness, and comfort. By taking this course, along with an optional practical session that allows you to obtain hands-on experience in professional dog grooming for a period of two weeks, you will learn:

  • Basic Canine Anatomy and Identifying Health Problems in Canines
  • First Aid Measures for Dogs
  • The Origins of Aggression, Canine Stress Reduction Techniques, and Avoiding Bites
  • Grooming Techniques Based on Coat Type
  • Basic Forms of Canine Grooming (Teeth, Brushing, and More)
  • Operating a Dog Grooming Business Successfully (Either Mobile or Fixed)

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business Diploma Course

The Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Business Diploma Course offered by Animal Jobs Direct provides a comprehensive outline that includes 6 different modules, 2 eBooks “Volunteering with Animals” and “Working with Animals”, as well as an optional hands-on training day in Buckinghamshire. If you have a passion for dogs and enjoy spending time with these amazing creatures, this course will teach you all that you need to know to get started in walking and pet sitting services. You will learn:

  • How to Assist Animals in an Emergency Situation
  • Proper Care Techniques for Both Dogs and Cats
  • Care Strategies for Caring and Ensuring the Welfare of Small Animals
  • Home Security and Legal Procedures Governing Private Property
  • Comprehensive Dog Walking Measures and Legalities
  • Owning and Operating a Business in Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Services

Dog Walking Course

The Dog Walking Course offered by Animal Jobs Direct is a wonderful means of developing a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the dog walking business. Not only will this prepare you for such a business, it will also enhance a business that you may already have in operation. You will learn:

  • Simple Measures for Owning and Operating a Dog Walking Business
  • Canine Health
  • Common Health Issues That May Affect a Dog’s Health
  • Basic First Aid for Dogs

Cat Grooming Diploma Course

The Cat Grooming Diploma Course offered through Animal Jobs Direct is designed to help you obtain the career that you seek. Examples include veterinary facilities, boarding houses, and rescue homes. This course includes a 6-part module series and two free digital books, “Volunteering with Animals” and “Working with Animals”. In this comprehensive class, you will learn the following:

  • The Health and Welfare of Felines
  • How to Identify Common Health Issues in Cats
  • How to Properly Groom, Clip, and Bathe Cats
  • Cat Care Procedures for Safe Grooming
  • The Stress of Movement Theory
  • How to Identify Stress in a Feline
  • How to Combat Cat Stress
  • How to Properly Handle Cats
  • How to Properly Restrain a Feline

Pet Shop Manager Diploma Course

If you own, operate, manage, or serve as support staff personnel in a pet shop setting, you are sure to reap many rewards from the Pet Shop Manager Diploma Course offered by Animal Jobs Direct. Pet shop operation involves knowing how to care for those animals, learning to identify problems with the animals, advising customers, and knowing what products you sell. In this course, you will learn all of this, plus:

  • Basic Animal Ethics
  • Understanding Attitudes and Behaviors Towards Animals
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Grooming
  • Health of Animals
  • Proper Animal Hygiene
  • Understanding the Natural and Instinctual Nature of Animals
  • Legislation Regarding Animal Welfare
  • How to Provide Advice to Customers in a Pet Shop Setting

Pet Bereavement Counsellor Course

The Pet Bereavement Counsellor Course through Animal Jobs Direct is a comprehensive learning experience that will aid in helping you help others through the death of their pets. People consistently become attached and develop bonds with their pets. When a pet passes on, it may prove to be a difficult and challenging situation for the people left behind. In this detailed course, you will learn:

  • The Relationship Between Owners and Their Pet
  • Various Types of Loss That May Result in Grief
  • Coping with Death
  • The Various Types of Pet Death
  • Grief Reactions
  • How to Inquire and Listen
  • The Stages of Grief
  • Ceremonies and Traditions for Closure

Companion Animal Transportation Course

The Companion Animal Transportation Course at Animal Jobs Direct is designed to educate those that are in a profession where the transport of an animal is required. Examples of these professions include animal welfare officers, pet ambulance drivers, groomers, and veterinary staff. In this course, you will learn:

  • The Legal Aspects Associated with Transporting Animals
  • Vehicle Set Up
  • Vehicle Equipment
  • Identifying Stress in an Animal
  • Coping with a Stressed Animal
  • Helping the Animal Move from One Location to Another without Distress

Companion Animal Behaviour Course

The Companion Animal Behaviour Course offered through Animal Jobs Direct provides participants with detailed information on the behaviour and basic psychology of certain animals, such as cats, dogs, and rabbits. If you are a pet owner or desire to become a pet owner, this course is for you! You will learn:

  • Principles of Dog Psychology
  • Principles of Cat Psychology
  • Principles of Rabbit Psychology
  • How to Volunteer with Animals
  • How to Properly Work with Animals

Please contact us for more information about the many different pet courses that we offer

If you think you may be eligible for funding towards your studies, please visit the Course Funding section of our website for more information. 


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