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Content / Overview
If you are looking for a career within the animal care industry, then this qualification is aimed at you.
Working with animals is extremely rewarding, but it can require long hours, with dedication and enthusiasm for the role. This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old or over.
You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a pet sitter. Pet sitting can involve looking after a wide range of animals to include cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs, through to exotics, pet pigs, chickens, sheep or goats, for example.
This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to work as a pet sitter.
Mandatory content covers:
• Roles and responsibilities of a professional pet sitter
• Current legislation and codes of practice
• Potential problems and emergencies.
Why Study Here
Merrist Wood is highly regarded in the animal industry as the leading animal education establishment in Surrey. Well-equipped animal management resources including collections of domestic, companion and exotic animals as well as a grooming parlour and supporting facilities for canine care. The College has wide links with industry and tuition is by highly qualified and experienced tutors who will ensure you gain the best possible grounding in your chosen career.
Anyone wishing to work in the Animal industry, specifically as a Pet Sitter.
Application followed by individual interview
You will need to already have achieved the Dog Walking Level 2 Certificate or another Level 2 qualification in an animal subject. You will also need to be 16 years or over.
This programme is delivered through practical and theoretical sessions.
The assessment for this qualification will be a practical assessment with oral questioning.
Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you could go on to study the Pet Sitting Level 2 Certificate or other Level 3 Animal Management qualifications over one year or two years.
This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to work as a Pet Sitter.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').