Pet Education and Training Courses

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Specialised up-to-date and accurate canine and feline related programmes of study. Suitable for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career with animals, pet professionals or owners who want to know more.

This course is not replacement for veterinary attention!

The aim of this course is

  • To provide you with an appreciation of the welfare issues that impact on the dog through ill health.
  • To provide you with the skills to carry out a safe and accurate canine health check/ examination.
  • To enable you to recognise a range of different canine ailments and conditions.
  • To help you understand how to control and prevent the spread of infection.
  • To provide you with the skills to carry out basic treatments and medication that has been prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.
  • To accompany this course I have included a recording taken from one of my hosted presentations and so gives you the opportunity to take part in a “virtual lecture”.

The recording has been edited so that each topic area accompanies the corresponding lesson.

Do remember that you can direct questions to me personally through the online student facility at any time and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: An Introduction To Canine Welfare
Virtual Lecture – Aims & Objectives 00:00:00
The Animal Welfare Act 00:00:00
Understanding How Illness and Pain Impacts on Welfare 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – How Illness Affects Welfare 00:00:00
Performing a Health Check Examination with Video Demonstration 00:00:00
Checking Vital Signs: Temperature, Pulse and Respiration 00:00:00
Assessing the Mucous Membranes 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Health Check 00:00:00
Suggested Tasks: Module 1 00:00:00
Module 1: Self Assessment Unlimited
Module 2: Module Two: Understanding Disease and Infections
Contagious and Non-Contagious Diseases 00:00:00
Disease Transmission 00:00:00
Factors that make a dog susceptible to disease 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Respiratory Infections 00:00:00
Controlling and Treating Disease 00:00:00
Zoonotic Diseases 00:00:00
Common Signs of Disease: Vomiting and Diarrhoea 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Vomiting & Diarrhoea 00:00:00
Suggested Tasks: Module 2 00:00:00
Module 2: Self Assessment Unlimited
Module 3: Common Ailments and Administering Medication
Eyes: Injuries and Conditions 00:00:00
General Care of the Eye 00:00:00
Ears: Injuries and Conditions 00:00:00
Ears: Treatment and Prevention 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Eyes & Ears 00:00:00
Caring for the Mouth and Teeth 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Dental Disease 00:00:00
Administering Medication 00:00:00
Suggested Tasks: Module 3 00:00:00
Module 3: Self Assessment Unlimited
Module 4: Conditions Affecting the Skin
Causes and Symptoms of Skin Conditions 00:00:00
Ectoparasites: Fleas 00:00:00
Other Common Ectoparasites and Skin Treatments 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Skin Conditions & Ectoparasites 00:00:00
Abnormal Growths and Lumps 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Lumps & Bumps 00:00:00
Anal sac glands (Scent glands) 00:00:00
Suggested Tasks: Module 4 00:00:00
Module 4: Self Assessment Unlimited
Module 5: Endoparasites and How They Affect the Dog
Categories of Endoparasites 00:00:00
Roundworm: Toxocara Canis 00:00:00
Roundworm: Lungworm 00:00:00
Tapeworm: Dipylidium Caninum 00:00:00
Tapeworm: Echinococcus Granulosus 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Endoparasites 00:00:00
Suggested Tasks: Module 5 00:00:00
Module 5: Self Assessment Unlimited
Module 6: The Geriatric Dog
Changes Associated with Ageing 00:00:00
Osteoarthritis 00:00:00
Virtual Lecture – Care of the Elderly Dog 00:00:00
Cognitive Dysfunction (Mental Decline) 00:00:00
Suggested Tasks: Module 6 00:00:00
Module 6: Self Assessment Unlimited

Course Reviews


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  1. Interesting and engaging topics covered


    I found the course covers a nice range of topics, with lots of information without being too wordy so it doesn’t get dull. I liked that it was broken up by videos and plenty of self assessments. Useful links to other websites as well, I learnt some new things which would be beneficial for my own dog!

Registered Veterinary Nurse, Cert.Ed. Full Member of The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. ABTC Registered Clinical Animal Behaviour Counsellor.




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