Lecture (16 hours + 3 hours of self-directed learning)
- Animals & Birds Act Regulations
- Animal Housing
- Animal Nutrition
- Animal Communication and Behaviour
- Introduction to Basic Grooming
- Animal Physiology
- Animal Health & Diseases
- Occupational Health & Safety
- Client Education
Workshop (4.5 hours)
- Animal Handling and Care
Animals & Birds Act Regulations
This topic will introduce participants to the legislations governing the import and export of animals, including CITES, animal welfare, the responsibility of pet shop owners, and the conditions for granting 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 shops, private homes, collective kennels) will be covered in this topic, together with the broad concepts of quarantine, disinfection and sanitation.
The basics of animal nutrition for commonly kept pets will be introduced. Participants will be provided with an overview from reading pet labels to choices of pet food.
Animal Communication and Behaviour
In this topic, we will learn about the ways animals communicate and how to read their behaviour in order to provide better care for them.
Introduction to Basic Grooming
This topic gives us a brief on the common grooming tools used and the normal practices for a well-groomed pet.
We will learn about the lifespans, age of puberty, gestation periods as well as some unique quirks about the various species.
Occupational Health & Safety
This topic provides an introduction to the biological, physical and chemical aspects of occupational safety and personal hygiene practices.
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.
Animal Handling and Care
In this part of the workshop, we will practise the ways to handle the different types of animals as well as the steps to conduct a daily visual/physical examination on them.
With the help of microscopes, we will look closely at some of the commonly-encountered parasites in pets and discuss ways to prevent them.
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 in 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.
Lectures and Self-directed Learning (19 hrs)
Workshop (4.5 hrs)
Participants who meet at least 75% of attendance requirements, passed assessments and complete the workshop will be awarded the Skills Certificate in Pet Care and Management (Companion Animals).