What You’ll Learn
Working and Caring for Animals in Pet Shops
- The Animal Welfare Act
- The five freedoms
- Responsibility for serving customers and looking after the animals in a pet shop
- The retail environment
- Contact with the general public
- Animals and their care
- Health and Safety at Work Act
- Employer’s duties
- The Pet Animals Act
Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues
- Customer Service and Care
- Client Distress
- Personal Safety
- Health and Safety
- Prevention of Ill Health and Accidents
- Risk Assessment
- First Aid
- Legal Issues
- Environmental Issues
Advanced Canine and/or Feline Care
Advanced Care and Management
Section 1 looks at the physical aspects of kittens and puppies from conception to old age including their growth and development. It also discusses the expressive language used by dogs and cats, grooming needs and essential equipment.
Section 2 concentrates on their mental development, how socialisation and play affects them and also considers the dangers that lie within various environments. Boarding and veterinary insurance are also discussed.
Advanced Health Care
Section 1 looks at general health care, preventative medicine, the effects of spaying and neutering, poisons and the effects and alleviation of hereditary defects and diseases. It also examines the increasingly popular alternative medicines in the form of homeopathy, flower remedies, osteopathy and chiropractice.
Section 2 considers the common ailments of dogs and cats and their treatment as well as first aid and emergencies, including those which may occur during whelping and kittening.
Section 1 discusses food and the digestive system and how it works and investigates the constituents and merits of the various feeding regimes, labelling and packaging.
Section 2 investigates the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats from birth to old age. Also considered are feeding the pregnant and lactating bitch and queen, the special needs of the veteran dog or cat, feeding the sick or convalescent animal and special dietary regimes.
You will have opportunities to complete Special Studies on topics of your choice, relevant to the course subjects.