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Small Animal Care and Welfare Level 3 Award (RQF)

Overview

Key Points

  • Gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to look after small animals
  • Learn how to identify injury and illnesses
  • Develop awareness of animal behaviour 
  • Complete the qualification within months
  • RQF Accredited Qualification
  • Learn around current work and family commitments

Overview

The Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Welfare is designed to combine your interest in animals with an understanding of animal health and welfare.

You’ll learn how to care for a range of small, domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, hamsters and more. This will include the fundamentals of treating wounds and injuries, identifying stings and insect bites and other problems.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop key skills to help identify animal behaviours and assess their needs. You will also learn about animal welfare legislation and codes of practice to ensure you deliver the best care. 

The course allows you to understand the best practices for animal care, whether you want to start a career in animal care, or simply want to take better care of your pets

Once you have completed your qualification you’ll be able to apply for job roles within the animal care sector. 

Getting Started

At learndirect, you’re able to progress with your learning without impacting on your current schedule. Online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

You can plan your learning around your existing commitments, easing the stress of juggling work, home life and study.

What’s more, the course material is all online, so you can start studying from the moment you have enrolled. You can log in to the student portal at a time that suits you best. 

Throughout the course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the core elements of small animal care. As well as gain the expertise to seek out employment within the animal care sector.

Modules

The course consists of 2 compulsory units.

Unit 1: Animal First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the requirements of animal first aid, who can administer first aid and why first aid is important
  • Be able to dress and treat wounds
  • Know how to give the necessary treatment to an animal that is choking
  • Know how to treat an animal for stings and poisoning
  • Understand the signs of hyperthermia and actions to take

Unit 2: Small Animal Welfare

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand animal welfare concerning small animals
  • Understand legislation and codes of practice related to animal welfare
  • Know how to care for animals and deal with animal behaviour
  • Know ways to monitor animal health in small animals

Requirements

You’ll need a desire to learn and a passion for animal care and welfare. However, previous experience or qualifications aren’t necessary.

Although, you will need a stable internet connection and a laptop so you’re able to progress with your online course. 

Assessment

When studying your Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Welfare you’ll be assessed internally by our qualified experts. After each unit, you study there will be an assignment for you to complete.

The assignment will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the core elements within that unit.

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments you will receive your final grade and receive your certificate of completion alongside your qualification.

When are you assessed?

You’re in control of the pace and place of your learning. Therefore, you can decide when you’re ready to complete your assignment. 

Once you feel confident enough that you’ve grasped the concepts in the unit you’re able to upload your assignments. 

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Welfare (603/2920/8).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Developing your career

Once you’re qualified, you’ll be able to seek employment in a range of animal care careers. Whether you want to work in the pet care sector or animal charities. 

You’ll have an accredited qualification to combine with your love for animals. Should you choose to study further you’ll have developed a solid foundation in animal care to build on at university and beyond. 

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Key Points

  • Gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to look after small animals
  • Learn how to identify injury and illnesses
  • Develop awareness of animal behaviour 
  • Complete the qualification within months
  • RQF Accredited Qualification
  • Learn around current work and family commitments

Overview

The Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Welfare is designed to combine your interest in animals with an understanding of animal health and welfare.

You’ll learn how to care for a range of small, domesticated animals such as dogs, cats, hamsters and more. This will include the fundamentals of treating wounds and injuries, identifying stings and insect bites and other problems.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop key skills to help identify animal behaviours and assess their needs. You will also learn about animal welfare legislation and codes of practice to ensure you deliver the best care. 

The course allows you to understand the best practices for animal care, whether you want to start a career in animal care, or simply want to take better care of your pets

Once you have completed your qualification you’ll be able to apply for job roles within the animal care sector. 

Getting Started

At learndirect, you’re able to progress with your learning without impacting on your current schedule. Online courses give you the flexibility to engage with your studies whenever suits you best.

You can plan your learning around your existing commitments, easing the stress of juggling work, home life and study.

What’s more, the course material is all online, so you can start studying from the moment you have enrolled. You can log in to the student portal at a time that suits you best. 

Throughout the course, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the core elements of small animal care. As well as gain the expertise to seek out employment within the animal care sector.

The course consists of 2 compulsory units.

Unit 1: Animal First Aid

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the requirements of animal first aid, who can administer first aid and why first aid is important
  • Be able to dress and treat wounds
  • Know how to give the necessary treatment to an animal that is choking
  • Know how to treat an animal for stings and poisoning
  • Understand the signs of hyperthermia and actions to take

Unit 2: Small Animal Welfare

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand animal welfare concerning small animals
  • Understand legislation and codes of practice related to animal welfare
  • Know how to care for animals and deal with animal behaviour
  • Know ways to monitor animal health in small animals

You’ll need a desire to learn and a passion for animal care and welfare. However, previous experience or qualifications aren’t necessary.

Although, you will need a stable internet connection and a laptop so you’re able to progress with your online course. 

When studying your Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Welfare you’ll be assessed internally by our qualified experts. After each unit, you study there will be an assignment for you to complete.

The assignment will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the core elements within that unit.

Once you have successfully completed all your assessments you will receive your final grade and receive your certificate of completion alongside your qualification.

When are you assessed?

You’re in control of the pace and place of your learning. Therefore, you can decide when you’re ready to complete your assignment. 

Once you feel confident enough that you’ve grasped the concepts in the unit you’re able to upload your assignments. 

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Level 3 Award in Small Animal Care and Welfare (603/2920/8).

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

Once you’re qualified, you’ll be able to seek employment in a range of animal care careers. Whether you want to work in the pet care sector or animal charities. 

You’ll have an accredited qualification to combine with your love for animals. Should you choose to study further you’ll have developed a solid foundation in animal care to build on at university and beyond. 

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