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Pet Care 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Pet Care
Lesson Structure: Pet Care AAG100
There are 8 lessons:
- Introduction to Animal Care
- Laws and licenses
- Animal Charities and Societies (eg. RSPCA, WSPA, Blue Cross)
- Pet Care Needs (Feeding, Watering, Shelter, Containment, Fencing, Caging, Protection)
- Maintaining Health
- Breeds (Long Haired, Semi Long Haired, Short Haired, Oriental etc)
- Newborn Kittens
- Feed and nutrition
- Amount of food, Watering
- Care for a sick cat (Signs of illness, Temperature, Common ailments, Skin disorders, Ticks)
- Cats and wildlife
- Breeds (Pure and mixed)
- Varying size and temperament
- Skin care
- Inherited traits (aggression, deafness)
- Canine Nutrition
- Identifying sickness
- Selection, Breeds (eg. Canaries, Finches, Budgerigars, Small Parrots etc)
- Containment (Aviaries, selection, design, size, management)
- Grooming (Wing trim, Beak Trim, Nail Trim)
- Catching and Restraining
- Caring for the Sick Bird
- Signs of illness
- Supportive therapy
- Common Ailments (eg. Abscesses, Alopecia, Apoplexy, Aspergillosis, Breathlessness, Constipation, Parasites)
- Safety in the Home
- 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)
- Breeds (Large, Small and Dwarf)
- Legality (Illegal in some areas)
- Containment (Hutch or Cage)
- Environment (temperature etc)
- Feeding and Nutrition
- Feed quantities and routine
- Grooming and Handling
- Identifying illness
- Care of sick rabbits
- Reptiles and Amphibians
- Types (eg. Salamander, Frogs, Venomous snakes, Non-venomous snakes, Shingle-backed lizard, Tortoises, Terrapins, Axolotls, etc)
- Legal Issues
- Environmental requirements (Moisture, Humidity, Warmth, etc)
- Problems (eg. 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
- Rodents, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Mice
- Illness (eg. Skin Problems, Abscesses, Mites, Ringworm, Fleas, Respiratory Infection, Vitamin C Deficiency, Otitis, Salmonella, Stripping etc)
Learning Goals: Pet Care AAG100
- 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 dogs.
- Compare the characteristics of different dog breeds.
- Describe routine care for birds as pets.
- Describe routine care for fish
- Describe routine care for rabbits as pets.
- Describe routine care for reptiles and amphibians.
- Describe routine care for rodent pets.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Develop timetables for husbandry tasks to be undertaken over a typical week, caring for a specific breeds of animals (several, but your choice).
- Recognize things that indicate a dog is sick
- Develop a checklist of things which should be done regularly to ensure the good health for pets
- Determine things a person should consider when trying to decide what type of pet to acquire.
- Compare the requirements & restrictions for keeping different types of animals as pets in your locality.
- Discuss the advantages/disadvantages of keeping different types of cats.
- Understand why is it particularly important to have cats desexed; and when should desexing be carried out?
- Discuss the nutritional requirements of a cat, and identify the cause of N.S.H., and its early signs.
- Describe problems associated with long haired dogs.
- Discuss a dogs sleeping requirements if it lives in a temperate climate.
- Explain problems can arise through over feeding a dog.
- Identify ideal diet for a dog.
- Explain why puppies under 6 months should be allowed to exercise themselves.
- Determine common signs of a general disease condition in a dog.
- Explain why birds moult.
- Discuss the characteristics of large, open aviaries, and all their requirements.
- Discuss how should a small bird be caught in its cage.
- Explain what breathlessness indicates in a bird.
- Discuss factors are common in the care of all fish.
- Explain why it is important to maintain the correct level of oxygen in water for fish.
- Discuss the differences in requirements for caring for salt water fish compared with freshwater fish.
- Explain the handling, caging, feeding and other aspects of rabbit care.
- Discuss different colours & breeds of rabbits.
- Discuss the environmental/caging needs of all reptiles.
- Discuss the feeding requirements of reptiles.
- Explain the handling of reptiles.
- Discuss the care of both sick & healthy amphibians and reptiles.
- Explain how you determine the sex of a guinea pig, and at what age do they reach sexual maturity.
- Explain the temperature guinea pigs should be kept at, and what happens if the temperature drops.
- Explain the feed & nutritional needs of rodents.
- Discuss what can happen if a female hamster with a litter is disturbed.
- Explain how many litters a year could a female mouse produce if not prevented from doing so.
- Explain health & disease problems associated with mice.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
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- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
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- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
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- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
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Q: Exam Pass Marks?
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Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
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