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About the course

Every pet owner knows how intriguing and complex animals can be. Each creature is endearingly individual and full of surprises. Cats can be spirited and mysterious. Dogs can be untameable but adorable. Learn to speak their language and fully understand their habits, instincts, wants, and needs with the Animal Care course, written by professional veterinarians. Once you understand each other, your bond will be so much stronger.

All kinds of pets need specific care, whether they have four legs, two legs or no legs at all. This online course covers a range of pets and their specific needs, care, living requirements, and diseases.

Learn how to take care of pets properly and react in the right way to give them what they need. Once you can see things from a pet’s point of view, you’ll be better equipped to give them a comfortable life and develop a harmonious relationship that’s fulfilling for you and them. Get started today and awaken your animal instincts!

Requirements

Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. 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.

Lessons

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’ behavior develops as they grow
  • 4.2 How cats learn
  • 4.3 Feeding time rules
  • 4.4 Sleeping and biological rhythms
  • 4.5 Sexual behavior
  • 4.6 Maternal instincts
  • 4.7 Aggression
Module 5: When Cat Behavior Is Abnormal
  • 5.1 Peculiarities of certain breeds
  • 5.2 When play is not play
  • 5.3 Antisocial urination
  • 5.4 Differentiating instinct from conditioning
  • 5.5 Differentiating between behavioral 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 vocalization
  • 7.5 Discipline
  • 7.6 Preventative health care
  • 7.7 Responsible ownership
  • 7.8 Effects of aging
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 behavior
  • 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 Recognizing 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 Recognizing disease and what to do
Module 12: Specific Information On Reptiles
  • 12.1 How to care for reptiles
  • 12.2 Challenges of keeping reptiles as pets
  • 12.3 Turtles, terrapins & tortoises
  • 12.4 Snakes & lizards
  • 12.5 Recognizing disease and what to do

    Career

    Who is this course for

    • Anyone who wants to know more about animal care and training.
    • Pet parents who care deeply for their animals and want to get to know them better.
    • Anyone interested in keeping a pet and who wants to know which one is right for them.
    • Anyone interested in working with animals or starting an animal business.
    • People who want to feel confident around animals by knowing how to read them.

      Certification

      Certification details

      • Students complete each lesson in full, and answer exam questions at the end of each course module. If the pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you can download a PDF certificate of completion to recognize your achievement. 
      • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students of our commitment to high standards of online education. Students can apply for an ICOES certificate (for a fee) on completion of a course.
      • Courses are also recognized by the CPD, Continued Professional Development, body in the UK. CPD accredited courses count towards CPD hour records and certificates are available for a fee on request.

      Author

      Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

      Expertise: Health, Veterinary

      Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice. As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

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      About

      About the course

      Every pet owner knows how intriguing and complex animals can be. Each creature is endearingly individual and full of surprises. Cats can be spirited and mysterious. Dogs can be untameable but adorable. Learn to speak their language and fully understand their habits, instincts, wants, and needs with the Animal Care course, written by professional veterinarians. Once you understand each other, your bond will be so much stronger.

      All kinds of pets need specific care, whether they have four legs, two legs or no legs at all. This online course covers a range of pets and their specific needs, care, living requirements, and diseases.

      Learn how to take care of pets properly and react in the right way to give them what they need. Once you can see things from a pet’s point of view, you’ll be better equipped to give them a comfortable life and develop a harmonious relationship that’s fulfilling for you and them. Get started today and awaken your animal instincts!

      Requirements

      Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. 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.

      Lessons

      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’ behavior develops as they grow
      • 4.2 How cats learn
      • 4.3 Feeding time rules
      • 4.4 Sleeping and biological rhythms
      • 4.5 Sexual behavior
      • 4.6 Maternal instincts
      • 4.7 Aggression
      Module 5: When Cat Behavior Is Abnormal
      • 5.1 Peculiarities of certain breeds
      • 5.2 When play is not play
      • 5.3 Antisocial urination
      • 5.4 Differentiating instinct from conditioning
      • 5.5 Differentiating between behavioral 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 vocalization
      • 7.5 Discipline
      • 7.6 Preventative health care
      • 7.7 Responsible ownership
      • 7.8 Effects of aging
      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 behavior
      • 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 Recognizing 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 Recognizing disease and what to do
      Module 12: Specific Information On Reptiles
      • 12.1 How to care for reptiles
      • 12.2 Challenges of keeping reptiles as pets
      • 12.3 Turtles, terrapins & tortoises
      • 12.4 Snakes & lizards
      • 12.5 Recognizing disease and what to do

        Career

        Who is this course for

        • Anyone who wants to know more about animal care and training.
        • Pet parents who care deeply for their animals and want to get to know them better.
        • Anyone interested in keeping a pet and who wants to know which one is right for them.
        • Anyone interested in working with animals or starting an animal business.
        • People who want to feel confident around animals by knowing how to read them.

          Certification

          Certification details

          • Students complete each lesson in full, and answer exam questions at the end of each course module. If the pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you can download a PDF certificate of completion to recognize your achievement. 
          • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students of our commitment to high standards of online education. Students can apply for an ICOES certificate (for a fee) on completion of a course.
          • Courses are also recognized by the CPD, Continued Professional Development, body in the UK. CPD accredited courses count towards CPD hour records and certificates are available for a fee on request.

          Author

          Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

          Expertise: Health, Veterinary

          Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice. As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

          4401 Students

          Guarantee

          Accredited

          Accredited