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    About the course

    Love animals and looking for your ideal job? Combine the two by finding a top career working with animals. You’ll look within yourself to find your strengths. Then match your skills and ambition with your ideal job with animals. Research how to start a pet business and plenty of top animal jobs in our online course.

    Where to find work with animals

    The first step is brainstorming. Find out your strengths so you know the type of work to look for. Then we'll show you where to find these jobs.

    Taking this step means you’ll have a clear idea of the right animal career or business for you. No walking into the wrong job. More chance of nailing your dream job with animals.

    How to get the relevant work experience

    You’re not the only one who’d love to work with animals. Competition is fierce, particularly for work where you get to handle cute animals all day.

    That’s why you need to stand out. Prove yourself. Our course shows you how to get the relevant work experience that'll grab the attention of would-be employers or clients. We'll even show how you can get an exciting voluntary job abroad.

    Writing a killer CV when applying for jobs

    Now you’ve got experience working with animals, you need to nail your ideal animal job by writing a resume that shrieks ‘Pick Me’.

    Our course guides you through creating an inspirational portfolio, writing a knockout CV and what to write to make your application letter awesome.

    Careers with animals to consider

    Your ideal job with animals could be one you’ve never heard of - until now. Our A-Z animal job directory is crammed with ideas.

    There's around 60 career choices such as animal behaviorist, veterinarian, pet adoption counsellor, horse identifier or wildlife rehabilitator.

    There's also business ideas for animal lovers such as becoming a dog walker, pet sitter, animal photographer or pet writer

    Understanding animal behavior

    Now you’ve picked your vocation, our accredited course takes you into the wonderful world of animals. You’ll understand a dog’s body language, what a cat is saying and get to know other creatures such as rabbits, reptiles, rodents, birds and fish.

    Once you know more about them, you’ll feel confident handling and working with all types of animals.

    Become a professional dog walker

    Owners are willing to pay top dollar for a responsible pet walker. If you love walking and dogs, then a dog walking business is for you.

    Find out about the role and your responsibilities. Our course is also packed with advice on how to launch your dog walking business and find clients.

    You’ll even learn essential dog training tips so your four-legged clients are safe, obedient and a joy to work with.

    How to become a pet sitter

    A pet sitting business could be your passport to traveling the world.

    Many owners love the idea of keeping their pets at home when they’re away rather than putting them in kennels or doggy day care.

    We'll help you launch your pet sitting business to make you stand out from the crowd and be an amazing success.

    Top pet business ideas

    Opportunities are endless for people who are passionate about being their own boss and working around animals.

    We’ll help you take your great idea and turn it into a successful pet business.

    Our certificate course shows you how to get your clients, create campaigns to get your business noticed, setting out your business plan and launching your successful venture.

    Start studying our course online now so that you can turn your dream of working with animals into a reality.

    What you will learn

    In this online course packed with 48 different modules, you’ll learn about different pet businesses and careers.

    • Get the edge over the competition by thoroughly understanding how to run a business before you start
    • Find your niche in the exciting world of pet businesses - there are dozens of different types of jobs so find the one with your name on it!
    • Gain knowledge of how to start a pet business so you can take the first step to being your own boss after studying our accredited course
    • Learn techniques to successfully research and apply for a satisfying career with animals which is perfect for you
    • Learn all about animal behavior and handling animals so your clients will be confident their pets are in capable hands
    • With 100s of jobs in the animal kingdom, you may find your ideal career is in a field you’ve never heard of. Until now!
    • Learn more about animals, their needs, how to care for them in sickness and in health plus a useful insight into what their body language tells you
    • Get a new perspective on animal-related careers, expectations and knowledge of animals from an accredited course compiled by professionals


    Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Brainstorming And Research
    • 1.1 Why Work with Animals?
    • 1.2 Pros and Cons
    • 1.3 Decide on Your Strengths
    • 1.4 Reality Check
    • 1.5 Where to Find Jobs
    • 1.6 Researching the Job
    • 1.7 Comparative Salaries
    Module 2: Gaining Experience
    • 2.1 Personal Experience
    • 2.2 Unpaid Experience
    • 2.3 Broadening Your Education
    • 2.4 Volunteering Abroad
    • 2.5 Internships
    Module 3: Portfolios, Cv, And Application
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 An Inspirational Portfolio
    • 3.3 Writing a Killer CV
    • 3.4 Creating an Awesome Application Letter
    Module 4: Applying To Vet School
    • 4.1 The Path to Vet School
    • 4.2 Planning your Finance
    • 4.3 Interviews and Experience
    • 4.4 Veterinary Careers and Specializations
    Module 5: Health-related Careers
    • 5.1 Animal-assisted Therapist
    • 5.2 Animal Behaviorist
    • 5.3 Animal Chiropractor
    • 5.4 Animal Geneticist
    • 5.5 Animal Health Inspector
    • 5.6 Artificial Insemination Officer
    • 5.7 Nutritionist
    • 5.8 Physiotherapist
    • 5.9 Practice manager
    • 5.10 Receptionist
    • 5.11 Vet Tech (US) Vet Nurse (UK)
    • 5.12 Vet Tech specializations
    • 5.13 VSA
    Module 6: Pet-related Careers
    • 6.1 Animal Control Officer
    • 6.2 Animal Cruelty Officer (ASPCA, RSPCA)
    • 6.3 Animal Photographer
    • 6.4 Detection Dog Handler
    • 6.5 Dog Breeder
    • 6.6 Dog Trainer
    • 6.7 Doggy Daycare Owner
    • 6.8 Dog Walker
    • 6.9 Drug Company Rep
    • 6.10 Groomer
    • 6.11 Kennel Attendant/Manager
    • 6.12 Pet Adoption Counsellor
    • 6.13 Pet Food Salesperson
    • 6.14 Pet Sitter
    • 6.15 Pet Writer
    • 6.16 Police Dog Handler
    • 6.17 Service Dog Trainer
    Module 7: Animal-related Careers
    • 7.1 Animal Behaviorist
    • 7.2 Aqua Culturist
    • 7.3 Dairy Herdsmen
    • 7.4 Ecologist
    • 7.5 Equine Dentist
    • 7.6 Exercise Rider
    • 7.7 Farrier
    • 7.8 Foaling Attendant
    • 7.9 Fish and Game Warden
    • 7.10 Groom
    • 7.11 Herpetologist
    • 7.12 Horse Identifier
    • 7.13 Horse Pedigree Analyst
    • 7.14 Jockey
    • 7.15 Marine Biologist
    • 7.16 Marine Mammal Trainer
    • 7.17 Mounted Police Officer
    • 7.18 Primatologist
    • 7.19 Racing Steward, Starter, Outrider, Licensing Clerk
    • 7.20 Ranch Manager
    • 7.21 Reptile Breeder
      • Wildlife Biologist or Zoologist
      • Wildlife Rehabilitator
      • Zoo Keeper, Habitat Designer, Educator
    Module 1: What Is Normal Behavior For A Dog?
    • 1.1 Socialization
    • 1.2 Dogs and learning
    • 1.3 Juniors and seniors
    • 1.4 Habits – digging, chewing, and more!
    Module 2: If Dogs Could Talk
    • 2.1 Body language
    • 2.2 Stances
    • 2.3 Body language reference table
    • 2.4 Smells and sniffing
    • 2.5 Urine and feces
    • 2.6 Vocal language
    Module 3: A Dog's Eye View
    • 3.1 Fear
    • 3.2 Anxiety
    • 3.3 Aggression
    • 3.4 Scent marking
    • 3.5 Elimination
    • 3.6 Issues at feeding time
    Module 4: Normal Cat Behavior
    • 4.1 How cats’ behaviour develops as they grow
    • 4.2 Feeding time rules
    • 4.3 Sleeping and biological rhythms
    • 4.4 Sexual behaviour
    • 4.5 Maternal instincts
    • 4.6 Aggression
    Module 5: When Cat Behavior Is Abnormal
    • 5.1 Peculiarities of certain breeds
    • 5.2 When play is not play
    • 5.3 Moody & sensitive times
    • 5.4 Differentiating instinct from conditioning
    • 5.5 Differentiating between behavioural and health issues
    Module 6: Cats Heightened Senses And Communication
    • 6.1 Reading body language
    • 6.2 Sense of smell
    • 6.3 Sense of hearing
    • 6.4 Distinctive cat sounds
    • 6.5 What’s she trying to tell me?
    Module 7: Cat Care And Health
    • 7.1 Understanding aggression and how to deal with it
    • 7.2 Scratching
    • 7.3 House training
    • 7.4 Excessive vocalisation
    • 7.5 Discipline
    • 7.6 Preventative health care
    • 7.7 Responsible ownership
    • 7.8 Effects of ageing
    Module 8: Specific Information On Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
    • 8.1 Different breeds
    • 8.2 Common problems and diseases
    • 8.3 Providing an adequate living environment
    • 8.4 Exercise
    • 8.5 Usual care needed
    Module 9: Specific Information On Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice & Exotic Rats
    • 9.1 Different breeds
    • 9.2 Understanding behaviour
    • 9.3 Common problems and diseases
    • 9.4 Providing an adequate living environment
    • 9.5 Usual care needed
    Module 10: Specific Information On Birds
    • 10.1 General tips on caring for birds
    • 10.2 Small birds
    • 10.3 Larger birds & birds of prey
    • 10.4 Poultry
    • 10.5 The parrot family
    • 10.6 Recognising common diseases and preventing spread
    Module 11: Specific Information On Fish
    • 11.1 How to care for fish
    • 11.2 Tropical fish
    • 11.3 Cold water fish
    • 11.4 Marine fish
    • 11.5 Recognising disease and what to do
    Module 12: Specific Information On Reptiles
    • 12.1 Challenges of keeping reptiles as pets
    • 12.2 How to care for reptiles
    • 12.3 Turtles, terrapins & tortoises
    • 12.4 Snakes & lizards
    • 12.5 Recognising disease and what to do
    Module 1: Training Puppies
    • 1.1 Training with treats so puppy falls in love with you
    • 1.2 Provide a safe den for your pup through crate training
    • 1.3 Have a safe, obedient dog which responds to basic commands
    • 1.4 Trim nails, clean ears and handle paws without nips
    • 1.5 The 3 stages of house training to stop ‘accidents’
    • 1.6 Teach your pup how to greet other animals and humans
    • 1.7 Nipping problem behaviors before they escalate
    • 1.8 Fun and games for everyone with tricks and treats
    Module 2: Training Of Adult Dogs
    • 2.1 Breaking bad habits by knowing what to ignore and what to reward
    • 2.2 Teaching good behavior with kindness (and doggie treats!)
    • 2.3 Learn your dog’s habits to prioritize what work needs to be done
    • 2.4 Be consistent with commands to avoid confusing your pet
    • 2.5 Stop anti-social behavior so your dog is fun to be around
    • 2.6 Confidence-building tips for a happy dog
    • 2.7 Teaching an old dog, new tricks
    Module 3: Cat Training
    • 3.1 Teach your cat to respond to the sound of a clicker
    • 3.2 Getting cats to use their litter box
    • 3.3 Stop scratching or clawing and save on repair bills
    • 3.4 Distraction techniques to stop cats jumping on furniture
    • 3.5 Purr-fect methods to having a sociable cat and not a sour-puss
    Module 4: Bird Training
    • 4.1 Show birds how to respond to clicker training
    • 4.2 Golden rules in teaching birds to speak
    • 4.3 Learning to socialize without ruffling feathers
    • 4.4 Safe handling so you don’t frighten your bird (or get pecked)
    Module 5: Fundamentals Of Dog Walking And Pet Sitting
    • 5.1 Keeping you and all pets safe
    • 5.2 How to handle an attacking dog
    • 5.3 Knowing when you’ll need to involve a vet
    • 5.4 Entering and leaving pets homes securely and safely
    • 5.5 Know your responsibilities as a pet carer
    Module 6: Out And About –professional Dog Walking
    • 6.1 Be prepared - what to be on the lookout for
    • 6.2 Reading dogs’ body language and responding correctly
    • 6.3 Understanding and reacting to aggression
    • 6.4 The dynamics of dog fights and how to avoid/intervene
    • 6.5 Complying with the law
    Module 7: Disease, Health And Hygiene
    • 7.1 How to keep pets bedding and general environment clean and hygienic
    • 7.2 Control of disease and infection
    • 7.3 Keeping yourself safe from infection
    • 7.4 Know the signs of infections and diseases which animals can pass to humans
    • 7.5 Find the safe way to administer medication safely
    Module 8: Being Professional With Clients
    • 8.1 Get off to a good start - you only have one chance to make a great impression
    • 8.2 Preparing your checklist for meeting new clients
    • 8.3 Microchipping and other forms of ID
    • 8.4 Arranging entry/security details
    • 8.5 Be forewarned on what clients are likely to ask
    • 8.6 What to put in your contract’s Terms & Conditions
    • 8.7 Work out your fees and exactly what is included
    Module 9: Handling And Getting Around With Your Pets
    • 9.1 Knowing which handling equipment and restraints you’ll need
    • 9.2 Safe way to approaching a nervous animal
    • 9.3 Learn the warning signs of unpredictable behaviour
    • 9.4 Learn the techniques to handle cats and dogs correctly so they are content
    • 9.5 Find out the best ways to handle exotic pets without stressing them
    • 9.6 Keeping animals safe and secure in your car
    Module 10: Specific Information On Dogs And Cats
    • 10.1 One size doesn’t fit all - know the correct levels of exercise for each individual animal
    • 10.2 Study nutrition to know what to dish out at mealtimes
    • 10.3 Understanding behaviour and retraining when needed
    • 10.4 Caring for elderly pets and changes to watch out for
    • 10.5 Physical care and grooming needs of your clients’ pets
    • 10.6 Ways to show affection to keep animals calm and happy
    • 10.7 Recognising signs of common diseases and the course of action
    Module 11: First Aid
    • 11.1 On the spot diagnosis and what to do next
    • 11.2 Learning when vomiting and diarrhoea need urgent attention and when not
    • 11.3 What items are poisonous for pets and what to do if he swallows them
    • 11.4 Dressing and nursing cuts, grazes, wounds and burns
    • 11.5 Coping with breaks and fractures
    • 11.6 Taking action when an animal goes into shock
    • 11.7 Saving animals’ lives with CPR
    • 11.8 What you need in your first-aid kit
    Module 17: How Pet Sitting Can Get You Up And Running In Business
    • 17.1 How to set up a successful pet business
    • 17.2 Ways of arranging finance & insurance
    • 17.3 Regulations that you need to bear in mind
    • 17.4 Being creative with services to make you stand out from the crowd
    • 17.5 Effective and cost-effective advertising & marketing
    Module 1: Domestication - How Pets Came In From The Cold
    • 1.1 How animals first learnt to live with humans
    • 1.2 Characteristics and traits of different pets
    • 1.3 How we transfer our human emotions and expectations to pets
    • 1.4 Making sure you pick the right pet for you and your lifestyle
    Module 2: Normal Dog Behaviour - When Your Pet Is Being True To His Nature
    • 2.1 Socialisation and introducing your pet to other family members
    • 2.2 How older dogs change and how you can change with them
    • 2.3 Understanding puppy behavior
    • 2.4 Why animals like licking, digging or jumping and what to do about it
    Module 3: If Dogs Could Talk
    • 3.1 How dogs use their body to communicate
    • 3.2 Understanding how they greet humans and other dogs
    • 3.3 How a dog uses his nose to get to know you
    • 3.4 The hidden language in dogs’ urines and faeces, and why they mark their territory
    • 3.5 Translating vocal language
    Module 4: Calm The Pack – Fear, Aggression And Anxiety
    • 4.1 Different reasons why animals become aggressive and how to cope
    • 4.2 Ways of stopping animals suffering from anxiety separation
    • 4.3 Learn the signs your animal is scared and ways to calm them
    Module 5: How Well Do You Know Me? The Colourful World Of Dogs’ Antics Explained
    • 5.1 Why do dogs love rolling over and rolling in poo!
    • 5.2 How dogs really feel about your stroking and patting,
    • 5.3 Importance of tummy tickles and ear scratching
    • 5.4 The instinct behind circling and chasing their tail
    • 5.5 Why a dog puts its tail between its legs
    • 5.6 Playful antics of muzzle grabbing
    • 5.7 Should you worry if your pet is eating grass
    Module 6: Lose Your Mind To Understand Your Dog’s
    • 6.1 What to do when a animal is marking in inappropriate places
    • 6.2 Dealing with urination due to excitement and submission
    • 6.3 Unusual levels of barking - what it means and what to do
    • 6.4 The kind ways to stop pets soiling your home
    Module 7: What Is Normal Behaviour For A Cat?
    • 7.1 Eating rituals - how and why they differ from dogs
    • 7.2 Important early lessons for kittens
    • 7.3 Understanding how and adapting to changes in older cats
    • 7.4 Why are cats so knead-y?
    • 7.5 Why do cats bury faeces?
    Module 8: A Cat’s The Only Cat Who Knows Where It’s At
    • 8.1 Kitties and litter trays
    • 8.2 Some of the top reasons cats do not use a litter tray
    • 8.3 Understanding cat body language
    Module 9: When You’ve Had It With Your Cat – Psychiatric Challenges
    • 9.1 The ins and outs of litter trays - what works and doesn’t
    • 9.2 Why they soil where you don’t want them to
    • 9.3 How to deal with challenges
    • 9.4 What to do if they are jumping up
    • 9.5 Do cats grieve and how to comfort them
    Module 10: Cat On A Griddle
    • 10.1 Likely reasons for aggression and how to recognize different kinds
    • 10.2 Tips on desensitizing cats so they keep calm in fearful situations
    • 10.3 Techniques to stop the distressing signs of separation anxiety
    • 10.4 Dealing with the impact of environmental stress
    Module 11: Understanding Rabbits
    • 11.1 Reading and reacting to body language
    • 11.2 What are those rabbit noises telling you
    • 11.3 Normal behaviour and what signals a problem
    • 11.4 Reading different gestures and actions
    • 11.5 What to do when a rabbit marks his territory
    Module 1: Preparation – Before You Start Your Business
    • 1.1. Self-assessment. Are you an entrepreneur?
    • 1.2. Market Research and competition analysis
    • 1.3. Developing, assessing and testing your idea
    • 1.4. Funding – how to finance your business idea
    • 1.5. Availing of help
    Module 2: Introduction To Marketing
    • 2.1. Income sources and pricing
    • 2.2. Marketing, advertising, promotion
    • 2.3. Building your marketing and sales strategy
    • 2.4. Make full use of technology
    Module 3: Setting Up Your Business
    • 3.1. Your business structure
    • 3.2. Business name, brands and
    • intellectual property
    • 3.3. Legislation/regulation/permissions
    • 3.4. Registering the business
    Module 4: Running Your Business
    • 4.1. Budgets and cash flow
    • 4.2. Accounting, record keeping and taxes
    • 4.3. Business bank account and online banking
    • 4.4. Arranging finance
    • 4.5. Insurance
    • 4.6. Premises
    • 4.7. Home based business
    • 4.8. Staff, motivation and training
    • 4.9. Suppliers
    Module 5: Business Plan
    • 5.1. What is a business plan and why do you need one?
    • 5.2. Sections in the business plan
    • 5.3. Access help to write your plan
    Module 6: Launching Your Business
    • 6.1. Planning a successful business launch
    • 6.2. Time management and delegation
    • 6.3. Personal development
    • 6.4. Building Your Business Network


    Who is this course for

    • Anyone who’s asking themselves, ‘How do I start a pet business?
    • You, if you dream of turning a hobby or 'good turn' looking after friends' pets or walking them into a professional business
    • Everyone who knows they want to work with animals but are unsure of which career is for them, how to get work experience, what qualifications are needed and what salaries they can earn
    • Everyone who wants to be more knowledgeable about all types of animals so you can help them the right way

    How will it help me

    • You’ll get loads of practical advice on how to get a job with animals that’s perfect for you
    • This course if packed full of information about animals and careers. If you have a burning desire to work in this field, all this practical information will drive you forward so you can live the dream
    • Show your certificate or ICOES certificate to prove to potential employers or clients that you have the drive to succeed
    • Expand your horizons by having a greater understanding of animals to make you more confident when applying for jobs or promotion

    Career path

    • Our course has around 60 animal jobs and careers to consider. Get great ideas to start your journey to a successful animal career
    • Surrogate carers, animal trainers, pet sitters and anyone who works or volunteers with animals can learn better techniques for controlling and looking after them
    • Studying an accredited course will give professionals a competitive advantage over their rivals
    • Certification will prove to employers that you are serious in your wish to land a dream job with animals


    Certification details

    • Holly and Holly and Hugo is a professional company with an international team of experts, including veterinary surgeons, compiling the courses
    • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students our commitment to high standards of online education
    • We are also a recognized member of the CPD Certification Service
    • Our CPD accredited courses will count towards your CPD hour records. Through Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CE), individuals show their commitment to gain new skills to contribute to their personal and professional development, improve their job prospects, enhance and evolve in their career
    • At the end of each module there is an exam to pass to make sure you have fully taken in each stage
    • The modules are easy to understand and, therefore, easy to remember
    • You can revisit the material for a refresher if you want to look something up
    • Once the course is completed, all modules saved and exams passed you'll get a pdf certificate
    • You will be also eligible to apply for an ICOES hard copy certificate
    • The courses are designed to be easy to use without the need to download material
    • Should you need any assistance, we have a help centre available in your student area 24/7 or you can contact our awesome Customer Support team during the working hours