Pet Sitter Diploma

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This course has been produced for those wishing to work in the pet sitting business. It is designed to
be the most comprehensive and relevant course of its kind having been written by animal
professionals who have employed a range of sitters for many years for a wide range of animals.
House security and the animals’ wellbeing is a huge responsibility and should be taken seriously.
Part one of this course is mandatory, a selection of a minimum of two modules must be taken from
part two to complete the qualification. Species studied will be listed on the Compass certificate.

 

Course Modules:

  • Introduction to animal law
  • Sources of information
  • Standard Scale of Fines and Penalties
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Some of the Legislation that is repealed by the Animal Welfare Act
  • The Key Elements of the Animal Welfare Act
  • Animals to which the Animal Welfare Act applies
  • Protected Animals
  • Responsibility for Animals
  • Preventing harm
  • Duty of Care
  • The Criminal Damages Act 1971
  • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
  • Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
  • Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003
  • Road Traffic Act 1988
  • Control of Dogs Order 1992
  • Transportation of Animals and associated Acts
  • The Veterinary Surgeon’s Act 1966

  • Accident prevention
  • Objectives of First Aid
  • Rules of First Aid
  • Putting together a first aid kit
  • Muzzles
  • Vital Signs: Temperature, Pulse and Respiration
  • Examples of First Aid Situations
  • RTA : First aid Action
  • How to carry a dog
  • Wounds: Open
  • Wounds: Closed
  • First Aid action of wounds
  • Fractures: Simple, Compound and Complicated
  • First Aid action of fractures
  • Haemorrhaging
  • Arteries
  • Veins
  • Capillaries
  • The different types of haemorrhage
  • Signs of haemorrhage
  • First aid action of haemorrhage
  • The three main pressure points
  • Tourniquets
  • Dislocations
  • Signs of dislocations
  • First aid action of dislocations
  • Shock
  • Signs of shock
  • First aid action of shock
  • Artificial respiration
  • Heat Stroke
  • Signs of heat stroke
  • First aid action of heat stroke
  • Cut paws
  • Burns and scalds
  • First aid action of burns ad scalds
  • Drowning
  • First aid action of drowning
  • Foreign bodies in eyes, throat or mouth
  • Insect stings
  • Poisoning
  • First aid action of poisoning
  • Convulsions and Fits
  • Cause of convulsions and fits
  • First aid action of convulsions and fits

  • How to carry out health checks on the dog
  • Canine eye disorders
  • Canine urinary disorders
  • Disorders of the skin and coat
  • Disorders of the bones, muscles and joints
  • Canine nutrition
  • Nutritional disorders
  • External parasites
  • Internal parasites
  • Keeping the dog clean and tidy
  • The elderly dog
  • Animal Care

  • How to handle a cat
  • General cat equipment
  • Cat identity
  • Toys and exercise
  • Vaccinations
  • Feline infectious diseases
  • Feline nutrition
  • Keeping the cat clean and tidy
  • Feline health checks
  • Feline eye disorders
  • Feline urinary disorders
  • Disorders of the skin and coat
  • Disorders of the bones, muscles and joints
  • Common nutritional disorders
  • Parasites and worming programmes
  • Keeping the cat flea free
  • Lice, mites and ticks
  • The elderly cat
  • How to administer medication to the cat

  • Rabbit History
  • Rabbits in the wild
  • Physical Appearance of rabbits
  • Rabbit senses
  • Natural Diet of the rabbit
  • Life Cycle of the rabbit
  • Breeds of rabbits
  • Rabbit Selection
  • Housing the rabbit
  • Exercise and feeding the rabbit
  • General Care of the rabbit
  • Common Problems of the rabbit
  • Guinea Pig History
  • Guinea pigs in the wild
  • Physical appearance of the guinea pig
  • Guinea pig senses
  • Natural diet of the guinea pig
  • Life cycle of the guinea pig
  • Guinea pig as pets
  • Breeds of guinea pigs
  • Guinea pig selection
  • Housing of the guinea pig
  • Exercise of the guinea pig
  • Companionship of the guinea pig
  • Feeding the guinea pig
  • General care of the guinea pig
  • Common problems of guinea pigs

  • History of Rats and Mice
  • Rats and mice in the wild
  • Physical appearance
  • Rodent senses
  • Natural diet of rats and mice
  • Rodent Life cycle
  • Rats and mice as pets
  • Breeds of rats and mice
  • Selection
  • Housing and exercise of rats and mice
  • Companionship
  • Feeding and General care
  • Handling
  • Grooming and nail clipping
  • Teeth trimming
  • Common problems
  • Respiratory infections
  • Diarrhoea
  • External parasites
  • Tumours
  • Spots and sores

• History of Hamsters
• Physical appearance
• Life cycle
• Hamsters as pets
• Signs of a healthy hamster
• Housing
• Exercise
• Feeding
• General car
• Handling
• Grooming and nail clipping
• Teeth trimming
• Common health problems
• Hair loss
• Colds
• Diarrhoea
• Wet Tail
• History of Gerbils and Jirds
• Physical appearance
• Natural Diet
• Life cycle
• Gerbils and jirds as pets
• Signs of a healthy gerbil
• Gerbil Housing
• Exercise
• Companionship
• Feeding
• General care
• Handling
• Grooming
• Nail clipping
• Teeth trimming
• Common problems
• Diarrhoea
• Colds
• Red Nose

• Chinchillas
• Chinchillas in the wild
• Chinchillas as pets
• Caring for your chinchilla
• Housing and exercise
• Feeding
• Common problems
• Ferrets
• Ferrets in the wild
• Ferrets as pets
• Caring for your ferret
• Housing and exercise
• Feeding
• Common problems
• Chipmunks
• Chipmunks in the wild
• Chipmunks as pets
• Housing and exercise
• Feeding
• Common problems

• Currently under development

• Amphibians
• Life cycle of amphibians
• Frogs and Toads
• Salamanders and newts
• Caecilians
• Reptiles
• Snakes
• Tortoises and turtles
• Life cycle of reptiles
• Health care of exotics
• Nutrition of exotics
• Diseases affecting exotic pets
• Zoonosis
• Other health problems
• Handling reptiles
• Invertebrates
• Arthropods: Spiders
• Scorpions
• Giant Millipedes
• Insects
• Stick Insects
• The Preying Mantis
• Molluscs : Snails

 

Course Details:

Study Level 2
The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.

6 Module Course
This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.

Fees: Excluding VAT

Full Course Fee – R10 100.00 (includes registration and 6 modules)

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Pay as you learn option – R1750 registration (once off) and R1380 per module

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