Lecture (16 hours)
- Animals & Birds Act Regulations
- Animal Housing
- Animal Care & Management
- Animal Health & Diseases
- Occupational Health & Safety
- Business Ethics & Management
- Client Education
Workshop (8 hours)
Animal handling & restraint, e.g. for grooming
Animal health physical checks
Slides & video clips
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.
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.
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. Video tapes would be used for demonstration too
Face to face lectures (16 hrs)
Workshop (8 hrs)
Question & Answers
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).