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Course Overview

Do you plan to operate a pet retail shop or happen to work in one?  This course will provide you the essential knowledge and skills through lectures and a hands-on workshop.  It will mainly cover regulatory requirements, basic animal care and management, animal health and diseases, as well as practical handling and restraint of different companion animal species such as dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, guinea pig and mouse.  

Who Should Attend

Pet retail shop personnel in the pet industry for dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits and chinchillas or those who are interested to enter into the industry. 

What You'll Learn

Lecture (17.5 hours)


  • Animals & Birds Act Regulations
  • Animal Housing
  • Animal Care & Management
  • Animal Health & Diseases
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Business Ethics & Management
  • Client Education


Workshop (6 hours) 


  • Animal sexing 

  • Animal handling & restraint, e.g. for grooming 

  • Animal health physical checks 

  • Slides & video clips 


Subject Synopses


Animals & Birds Act Regulations
This topic will introduce participants to the legislations governing the import and export of animals including CITES, animal welfare, responsibility of pet shop owners, and the conditions for granting of pet shop licences. It will also cover legislation on the sale of medicines and medications in the local context.


Animal Housing
Principles of housing and optimum environmental conditions for the different species in different settings (pet shop, private home, collective kennel) will be covered in this topic, together with the broad concepts of quarantine, disinfection and sanitation.


Animal Care & Management
Participants will be introduced to the daily care of the different species, general health signs, nutrition, restraint, animal behaviour, reproduction and oestrus cycle, perinatal management, neonatal management, deworming and vaccination, basic first aid and emergency preparedness. Common diseases afflicting the animals will also be covered.


Occupational Healthy & Safety
This topic provides an introduction to the biological, physical and chemical aspects of occupational safety and personal hygiene practices.


Business Ethics & Management
Participants will be introduced to the broad concepts of setting up a business, rules and ethics governing businesses, consumer rights and good business management.


Client Education
This topic will introduce the participants to responsible pet ownership and the role pet shops can play in fostering good pet ownership in the local context.


The workshop will demonstrate to the participants on practical handling and restraint in the different species (dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, guinea pig and mouse), animal sexing and animal physical health checks. Videotapes would be used for demonstration too.


IMPORTANT NOTE: The workshop will be conducted in small groups. Participants are expected to bring their own pets for their learning in such group settings to avoid any compromise or disappointment on their learning.  In the event that participants are unable to bring sufficient pets to the workshop, TP will postpone the course until the required pet number is reached. Pets will not be provided by TP.


Delivery Methodology

  • Face to face lectures (17.5 hrs) 

  • Workshop (6 hrs) 

  • Question & Answers 

  • MCQ assessment 




Participants who meet at least 75% attendance requirement, passed assessments and complete the workshop will be awarded the Skills Certificate in Pet Care and Management (Companion Animals). 

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Closing Date Course Duration

To be advised


3 days

(9am - 5pm)

Register Interest

Registration may be closed earlier due to overwhelming response.


Application Procedures


Click on the Apply button above to submit your application online. Steps to follow in your application:

Step 1 - Enter NRIC/ Passport No.
Step 2 - Select SFA and course commencement date.
Step 3 - Enter personal, qualification, employment and sponsoring details (if applicable).
Step 4 - Select, rank your preference for the selected subject(s) and indicate the number of subject(s) you wish to take. Please note that the subject start date(s) denotes the semester start date.
Step 5 - Make declaration and submit online application.


Please ignore the instructions stated on the Overview of Application Submitted page to submit documents as we will email a FormSG link to all applicants after the application closing date to submit the necessary documents and information.

Course Fees

Fee Type Item Course Fee for Not bringing Animal
w GST**
Course Fee for Bringing Animal
w GST**
Full Course Fee S$588.50 S$454.75
NSA Funding N/A N/A
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 years old / Singapore Permanent Residents S$176.55 S$136.43

Singapore Citizens aged 40 years old and above / 

SME-Company sponsored Singapore Citizens & Singapore Permanent Residents

S$66.55 S$51.43

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    Temasek Polytechnic

    East Wing Block 1A,

    Level 3, Unit 81

    21 Tampines Avenue 1,

    Singapore 529757

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