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Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 60 hours CPD
Pets: What is a companion animal?
Module 1 of the Pet Shop Course examines the subject of Animal Ethics; gain an understanding of historic and current attitudes towards animals.
Animal Nutrition and Grooming
Learn about common nutritional disorders and how foods must meet the needs of companion animals.
Learn about companion animal grooming needs including; bathing, brushing and caring for teeth, nails, face, rear and eyes.
Health & Hygiene
The prevention of illness, infections and disease is very important in any animal environment and this module explores how to achieve this in a pet shop environment.
Learn how to carry out routine health checks that will enable you to recognise and respond to the signs of disease and illness.
Learn about companion animal diseases (virus, bacteria, fungal, parasites, hereditary, as well as those caused by environmental factors).
Gain an understanding of the natural habitat, instincts and behaviours of companion animals.
Learn how to enhance emotional and physical health by ensuring daily enrichment, exercise and suitable animal accommodation.
Animal Welfare Legislation
Learn about animal welfare laws relevant to companion animals.
This module includes information on the minimum legal requirements for keeping animals.
Pet shops frequently give advice to their customers. This module contains information about how to choose a pet, microchipping, neutering, dealing with parasites, when to vaccinate, grooming services, food, bedding and exercise.
£230 followed by 3 x monthly payments of £90
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)
As there are too many animals and not enough good homes, many people disagree with pet shops selling companion animals; even if a pet shop is able to responsibly re-home animals, the additional numbers of animals simply add to the ever growing problem of there not being enough homes and ultimately this means more animals end up in animal charities or being destroyed for lack of a home. However, many pet shops don't sell animals and instead they stock animal supplies such as bedding, food, bowls, leads, collars, toys, grooming products, animal accommodation, flea and worm treatments, etc. Working in a pet shop can be a great opportunity to educate people about what animals really need and what to consider before obtaining a pet. Having detailed knowledge about animal care requirements and products is important for working in a pet shop.