School of Animal Healthcare

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With courses ranging from foundations to in-depth, this area provides vital knowledge and skill for all in contact with animals. Providing for an animal's physical, medical and nutritional healthcare needs are the essential foundation required, before putting any training or behaviour interventions in place.

As vets are the only profession legally and ethically capable of diagnosing medical conditions, it's important that animal carers can recognise situations where referral to a veterinary surgeon is required. 


Courses: Animal Welfare, Canine First Aid, Canine Health & Disease, Canine Nutrition, Domestication & Selective Breeding.  


Animal Welfare (with critical evaluation)

An understanding of animal welfare is at the heart of all our work with animals. Although public awareness of welfare concerns is high, an understanding of what welfare really is and how we improve it, is low. 

When? See the Course Calendar for the next Animal Welfare course

Where? you will attend our centre for a two day seminar and then complete the study and assessment work on a homestudy basis.

How long? Course work must be completed over four months. 

How much? Course fees: €120 includes two day seminar, comprehensive course materials, supplementary resources and online support
If you choose to submit assessment work, which is optional, the assessment fee is €40, payable at submission.

Who should do this course? This course is perfect for all who work and care for animals. This course will help to challenge your beliefs, unlocking more questions and providing you with skills to answer them. 

What will I learn? Course content includes: critical thinking & evaluation, defining welfare, animal welfare science, animal welfare legislation, animal welfare ethics, assessing animal welfare, improving animal welfare.

Assessment: You will complete a reflective log examining your evolving beliefs as your critical evaluation skills develop, a Q&A workbook which includes short practical demonstrations, designing an animal welfare audit, analysing challenges to welfare and examining ethical dilemmas.  

Booking: register here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
We will ask you how you would like to pay, and raise an invoice for you by which you can pay course fees. 
Upon receipt of payment we will send you your Learner Handbook and ask that you sign and return the declaration at the back.
Once all that admin is done, you will be good to go. You will receive access to the course online area when you attend for the course seminar.


Canine First Aid (course)

Even though we hope we will never need these skills, having a basic understanding of first aid is a potential life saver and important for all who live with and work with dogs.   

When? See the Course Calendar for the next Canine First Aid course

Where? you will attend our centre for a one day workshop. All assessment work is completed on the day so there are no further assessments. 

How long? All work is completed on the day.  

How much? Course fees: €90 includes one day workshop, comprehensive course materials, supplementary resources, assessment & certification, and a basic first aid kit. 

Who should do this course? This course is ideal for anyone working with and caring for dogs, and for pet owners or others interested in first aid for pets. 

What will I learn? Course content includes: scene assessment, primary care routines, CPR and related procedures, secondary care procedures, bandaging, safe and humane handling.

Assessment: Continuous assessment takes place throughout the day on all course topics covered. 

Booking: register here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
We will ask you how you would like to pay, and raise an invoice for you by which you can pay course fees. 
Once all that admin is done, you will be good to go. You will receive access to the course online area when you attend for the course workshop.


Canine Health & Disease

This course covers anatomy and physiology allowing you to learn the function of organs and tissues, and how the dog is affected when disorder and disease are present.   

When? See the Course Calendar for the next Canine Health & Disease course

Where? you will attend our centre for a two day seminar and then complete the study and assessment work on a homestudy basis.

How long? Course work must be completed over four months. 

How much? Course fees: €120 includes two day seminar, comprehensive course materials, supplementary resources and online support
If you choose to submit assessment work, which is optional, the assessment fee is €20, payable at submission.

Who should do this course? This course is ideal for all who work with, care for, and live with dogs.

What will I learn? Course content includes: anatomy & physiology - each body system is covered, along with signs of disease & disorder, monitoring & maintaining canine health, responsible dog ownership.

Assessment: You will put together a healthcare checklist, carry out health check practical demonstrations, filmed and edited, design a enrichment program for a specific dog, and produce pet ownership material.

Booking: register here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
We will ask you how you would like to pay, and raise an invoice for you by which you can pay course fees. 
Upon receipt of payment we will send you your Learner Handbook and ask that you sign and return the declaration at the back.
Once all that admin is done, you will be good to go. You will receive access to the course online area when you attend for the course seminar.


Canine Nutrition

Nutrition is an important foundation to all health. The field of canine nutrition is filled with misunderstandings and inaccuracies so this course will help you develop keen critical skills that allow you to wade through the marketing and hype, see beyond the trends and truly understand the nutritional requirements of domestic dogs.    

When? See the Course Calendar for the next Canine Nutrition course

Where? you will attend our centre for a two day seminar and then complete the study and assessment work on a homestudy basis.

How long? Course work must be completed over three months. 

How much? Course fees: €120 includes two day seminar, comprehensive course materials, supplementary resources and online support
If you choose to submit assessment work, which is optional, the assessment fee is €20, payable at submission.

Who should do this course? This course is ideal for all who work with, care for, and live with dogs.

What will I learn? Course content includes: animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology related to nutrition, nutrients, functional foods, choosing the right food for dogs, commercial diets, reading and evaluating labels, home-prepared diets, diet and behaviour, special dietary considerations.

Assessment: You will complete a Q&A workbook relating to nutrition, carry out labels analyses and comparisons, devise food-based enrichment protocols, and develop dietary recommendations based on provided case studies. 

Booking: register here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
We will ask you how you would like to pay, and raise an invoice for you by which you can pay course fees. 
Upon receipt of payment we will send you your Learner Handbook and ask that you sign and return the declaration at the back.
Once all that admin is done, you will be good to go. You will receive access to the course online area when you attend for the course seminar.


Domestication & Selective Breeding

There is good awareness about the controversies surrounding selective breeding in dogs, in relation to exaggerated conformations and genetic health. This course will help you to cover the science behind such issues, as only armed with the information can we improve the health of all companion dogs. 

When? This course is all homestudy so you can start once you are ready.

Where? This course is all homestudy so you can study any where, any time.

How long? Course work must be completed over three months. 

How much? Course fees: €90 includes two day seminar, comprehensive course materials, supplementary resources and online support
If you choose to submit assessment work, which is optional, the assessment fee is €20, payable at submission.

Who should do this course? This course is for those serious about the science of canine genetic health and populations, understanding modes of inheritance, and strategies to improve canine health from a genetic and breeding point of view.

What will I learn? Course content includes: studying canine domestication & selective breeding, genetics & inheritance, genetic disease, better breeding.

Assessment: You will complete pedigree analyses, genetics crosses and project work on related topics.

Booking: register here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
We will ask you how you would like to pay, and raise an invoice for you by which you can pay course fees. 
Upon receipt of payment we will send you your Learner Handbook and ask that you sign and return the declaration at the back.
Once all that admin is done, you will be good to go. You will receive access to the course online area upon completion of enrollment.