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Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 60 hours CPD
The animal shelter management course is a follow on course for those who have completed the Level 4 Animal Shelter Management course and for those who already have shelter management experience.
This course has an emphasis on effective rehoming, dog enrichment and training needs, small animal care and behaviour, cat behaviour and welfare as well animal hoarding and how this impacts on animal shelters.
The behaviour and welfare of cats in and from rescue shelters.
This module allows the learner to gain an understanding of the national and international welfare concerns of felines in rescue shelters, and the key processes in the rehabilitation of rescued cats. The module examines poor welfare concerns, which may go on to cause them psychological damage, affecting their future behaviour and how to improve upon welfare in shelters settings.
Cat hoarding: Human psychological illness causing a feline welfare crisis
Module 2 of the course explores the psychological reasons behind the hoarding of cats and other animals, which is an important factor in Shelter Management. Learners will look at the psychological damage that is done to cats and the impact that hoarding has on their welfare and behaviour, as well as management strategies to rescue and prevent hoarding.
Enrichment for shelter dogs
Module 3 moves onto dogs in shelters, and allows the learner to identify the emotional needs of canines, as well as their physical needs. The psychological needs of animals in shelters is of paramount important, and the module looks into how to provide different forms of enrichment for dogs conducive to positive mental health and stress prevention and reduction.
This module looks into the training needs of rescue dogs, and recognition and assessment of canine body language. Module 4 allows the learner to understand the factors that will help a dog to be adopted, and how to action these training points and needs throughout the stay of the dog in a kennel or shelter environment.
Module 5 examines the identification and assessment of potential new homes, both for the welfare of the animal and the needs of the human owner. Dogs are influenced by nature and nurture. Breed traits can sometimes be helpful in understanding various behaviours but it is not always indicative of future behaviour. The module will look at how breed type and owner personality can be matched to suit both parties.
Small Animal Care and Behaviour
The final module of the course will allow the learner to identify and explain the welfare and behaviour needs of small companion animals. The phrase 'small companion animals' covers the whole spectrum of species which might otherwise be considered as 'pets'. They have an important role to play in our society. It is their welfare that is our primary concern, and they should be considered in terms of care and behaviour when they are found in animal shelters as well as cats and dogs.
£230 followed by 3 x monthly payments of £90
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)