Learn Care for Pets?

A sound introduction to caring for a wide variety of different of different pets. Covers dogs, cats, fish, birds, rabbits, rodents, reptiles and amphibians. The course was developed and is tutored by highly qualified and experienced professionals including Veterinary Surgeon,s a former wildlife park manager, and university lecturers.This course is a great introduction to the care of a wide variety of different pets. 


Extend your knowledge and capacity to care for all types of pets; with lessons covering:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Fish
  • Birds
  • Rabbits
  • Rodents
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians.
This course provides an outstanding opportunity to extend your knowledge, perspective and capacity to care for all types of pets. This course was developed by highly qualified and experienced professionals including veterinary surgeons..



This course contains 8 lessons:
1. Introduction to Animal Care
  • Laws and licenses
  • Animal Charities and Societies (e.g. RSPCA, WSPA, Blue Cross)
  • Pet Care Needs (feeding, Watering, Shelter, Containment, Fencing, Caging, Protection)
  • Maintaining Health
  • Hygiene
2. Cats
  • Breeds (Lang Haired, Semi Long Haired, Short Haired, Oriental etc)
  • Selection
  • Allergies
  • Containment
  • Sexing
  • Desexing
  • Breeding
  • Newborn Kittens
  • Exercise
  • Behaviour
  • Hygiene
  • Feed and nutrition
  • Amount of food, Watering
  • Grooming
  • Traveling
  • Care for a sick cat (Signs of illness, Temperature, Common ailments, Skin disorders, Ticks)
  • Cats and wildlife
3. Dogs
  • Selection
  • Breeds (Pure and mixed)
  • Varying size and temperament
  • Grooming
  • Skin care
  • Inherited traits (aggression, deafness)
  • Containment
  • Breeding
  • Desexing
  • Exercise
  • Behaviour
  • Feeding
  • Canine Nutrition
  • Bones
  • Watering
  • Training
  • Traveling
  • Identifying sickness
4. Birds
  • Selection, Breeds (e.g. Canaries, Finches, Budgerigars, Small Parrots etc)
  • Sexing
  • Desexing
  • Containment (Aviaries, selection, design, size, management)
  • Feed
  • Feeding
  • Watering
  • Grooming (Wing trim, Beak Trim, Nail Trim)
  • Hygiene
  • Catching and Restraining
  • Traveling
  • Caring for the Sick Bird
  • Signs of illness
  • Temperature
  • Supportive therapy
  • Common Ailments (e.g. Abscesses, Alopecia, Apoplexy, Aspergillosis, Breathlessness, Constipation, Parasites)
  • Safety in the Home
5. Fish
  • Selection
  • Inside or Outside
  • Warm or Cold water
  • Number of fish
  • Types of fish (Tropical, Marine, Cold Water)
  • Costs, Size, Equipment
  • Tanks, Ponds, Pumps, Aquariums, Night lights
  • Water quality
  • Changing Water
  • Feed (Pelleted, live feed –Daphnia, Brine Shrimp)
  • Illnesses (Fungal, Bacterial, Parasites, Environmental)
6. Rabbits
  • Breeds (Large, Small and Dwarf)
  • Selection
  • Legality (Illegal in some areas)
  • Containment (Hutch or Cage)
  • Environment (temperature etc)
  • Feeding and Nutrition
  • Watering
  • Feed quantities and routine
  • Grooming and Handling
  • Moulting
  • Transporting
  • Sexing
  • Breeding
  • Identifying illness
  • Care of sick rabbits
7. Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Types (e.g. Salamander, Frogs, Venomous snakes, Non-venomous snakes, Shingle-backed lizard, Tortoises, Terrapins, Axolotls, etc)
  • Selection
  • Legal Issues
  • Housing
  • Environmental requirements (Moisture, Humidity, Warmth, etc)
  • Terrariums
  • Problems (e.g. Dehydration, Stress, External and internal parasites, Blisters, Scale Rot, Mouth Rot or Canker, Colds/pneumonia, Constipation and diarrhea, Cannibalism,Incomplete sloughing of the skin -shedding of the skin)
  • Feed and feeding
  • General Care
8. Rodents, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice
  • Varieties
  • Selection
  • Containment
  • Sexing
  • Breeding
  • Grooming
  • Feeding
  • Watering
  • Illness (e.g. Skin Problems, Abscesses, Mites, Ringworm, Fleas, Respiratory Infection, Vitamin C Deficiency, Otitis, Salmonella, Stripping etc)


Duration: 100 hours


  • Discuss the general principles of pet care, as they relate to a wide range of different types of pets.

  • Describe routine care for cats.

  • Compare the characteristics of different cat breeds.

  • Describe routine care for birds as pets.
  • Describe routine care for fish, reptiles, rabbits and  rodents 



No matter what type of pets you are looking after there are some general needs that must be fulfilled. These include:


All animals will require sufficient food, of the right type/s, and at the right intervals. This will obviously vary considerably from animal to animal, for example dogs usually have diets with a high meat component, some birds will have diets high in seeds, some birds may require such things as insects or meal worms, rabbits and guinea pigs may be fed on grasses and vegetable scraps, while reptiles may be fed with live food (e.g. mice, frogs).

Understanding what types of food your animals require is very important, it is also important that you understand differing food requirements at different stages of their life (e.g. young versus mature animals, when pregnant or feeding young). To ensure the best health of your animals, only use good quality food that has been properly stored (e.g. not perished, or mouldy, or infested with pests). Discuss with your vet to ensure your animals are receiving adequate nutrition from their diet, and to determine ways in which you might need to modify it to improve their all round nutrient intake.

Although it can seem nice to treat pets to human foods and sweets, or to leave food constantly available to your pet, it can be very detrimental to their health. Certain foods that are fit for human consumption can in fact be toxic to pets. Allowing your pet to eat constantly, or providing them with a poorly balanced diet can lead to obesity. This is an increasing problem and has serious complications for animals, they are unable to move as freely and become sedentary, and they can develop joint problems such as arthritis, as well as injuries related to the stress on their spines from the additional weight. Heart disease is also more likely along with complications such as obesity related diabetes.


Nearly all animals will require regular watering, some having high water requirements. Water should be of high quality, and plenty provided. The types of water containers provided should be suitable to the types of animals you are watering, for example deep, steep-sided containers may pose a drowning risk to small animals, including birds, while containers or troughs used by multiple numbers of a particular pet should provide sufficient room (access) so that there is not any great degree of competition between the animals for the water - this is particularly important on days of high water need (i.e. very hot days), or with more aggressive animals.

Water containers/sources should also be placed in suitable position where they are stable (not easily dislodged or knocked over), where they will not be contaminated by debris or animal droppings falling into them, and easily accessed by both your pets to drink, and you to fill them. For some animals the containers may need to be placed in a position that provides some degree of shelter and/or protection from other animals. Placing water in a position sheltered from the sun will also reduce evaporation rates. Ideally at least two, and depending on the space available and animals you are watering, possibly more separate containers should be available, in case one becomes fouled, or is knocked over. Animals can quickly suffer or die if sufficient water is not available on a hot day. Containers should be regularly inspected for damage, and regularly and thoroughly cleaned to minimise pest and diseases problems. Any automatic watering systems should be regularly maintained, and regularly checked to ensure they are operating properly.


Caging and fencing can serve a number of functions. This includes:

  • Containment - ensuring you pet/s don't escape.
  • Shelter - providing protection against the elements.
  • Protection - both against other animals (predators), and to protect other animals and people from your animal/s (e.g. snakes, aggressive dogs). Any caging or fenced area should have the following features:
  • Size - sufficient to cater for the animal’s needs
  • Strength – sufficient to contain the animal, to keep other animals out and to withstand the local weather conditions
  • Safe - no sharp edges, or protruding parts, ensure materials aren’t toxic to the animal (treated timbers, rusted metals, asbestos sheeting etc).
  • Position – providing shelter for the animal and being securely fixed into place
  • Access - for cleaning, providing food and water. Access should be secured to prevent escape. It is crucial that any containment area is regularly checked over and maintained properly.



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