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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

Learning Outcomes
  • UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING A GOOD CHOICE OF ANIMAL AS A PET
  • RECOGNISE THE KEY ISSUES RELATING TO SAFETY, WELFARE, HEALTH AND HYGIENE
  • RECOGNISE THE RELEVANT ASPECTS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
  • UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CORRECT ANIMAL FIRST AID PROCEDURES
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER DOGS
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER CATS
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER HORSES
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER BIRDS
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER FISH
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER SNAKES AND LIZARDS
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER TORTOISES, TURTLES AND TERRAPINS
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER INSECTS AND AMPHIBIANS
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER HAMSTERS, GERBILS, RATS AND MICE
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER FERRETS AND POLE CATS
  • RECOGNISE THE PRINCIPAL ASPECTS OF LOOKING AFTER RABBITS AND GUINEA PIGS

Units
The modules are:
Welcome

Introduction
Course structure
Benefits of this course
Getting the most out of this course

History and pet ownership

Domestication
Animals in the media
Classification of animals
Types of common pets
Choosing the right pet
Therapeutic value

Safety, welfare, health and hygiene

Safety and zoonosis
Correct handling methods
Typical restraints
Vehicle safety
Micro-chips and other ID methods
Pet proofing
Animal rescue and welfare organisations
How to clean an pet's bed/living areas
Dealing with pests and parasites
Preventative health

Anatomy and physiology

Cells and tissues
Locomotion
Digestive system
Urinary system
Circulatory and respiratory systems
Reproductive system
Endocrine system
Nervous syste

Animal first aid

Aims
Handling and transport
Examination and history taking
ABC
Shock
Wounds and burns
Fractures
Poisoning and fitting
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Administering medication
First-aid kit

Dogs

Characteristics
Groups and breeds
Nutrition and exercise
Behaviour and training
Grooming and care
Breeding
Common diseases

Cats

Characteristics
Groups and breeds
Nutrition and exercise
Behaviour and training
Grooming and care
Breeding
Common diseases

Horses and ponies

History and anatomy
Groups and breeds
Nutrition, housing and exercise
Behaviour and training
Grooming and care
Breeding
Common diseases

Birds

Anatomy and characteristics
Cage or aviary
Seed eaters
Poultry
Birds of prey
Common diseases

Fish

General care
Cold water fish
Tropical fish
Marine fish
Breeding
Common diseases

Snakes and Lizards

Housing and general care
Bearded Dragons
Geckos
Blue Tongued Skinks
Green Anoles
Corn Snakes
King and Milk Snakes
Ball Pythons
More difficult to keep reptiles
Common diseases

Tortoises, turtles and terrapins

Anatomy and characteristics
Housing and general care
Nutrition
Hibernation
Breeding
Common disease

Insects and amphibianss

Why have a creepy crawly as a pet?
Spiders and Scorpions
Stick and leaf insects
Praying mantis
Beatles, centipedes and millipedes
Snails, slugs and worms
Frogs and toads
Common problem

Hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice

Characteristics
Housing and general care
Nutrition, and exercise
Breeding
Common diseases

Ferrets and pole cats

History and Characteristics
Groups and breeds
Nutrition, housing and exercise
Behaviour and training
Grooming and care
Breeding
Common diseases

Rabbits and Guinea pigs

Ownership and Characteristics
Groups and breeds
Anatomy
Nutrition, housing and exercise
Behaviour and training
Grooming and care
Breeding
Common diseases

Chinchillas

What makes them different?
Nutrition, housing and exercise
Grooming and care
Breeding
Common diseases

Wildlife

Safety
Types
What to do with injured wildlife
Orphans
Should we keep wildlife as pets?

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Who is this for?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will I cover?

Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is it accredited?

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

What will my studies prepare me for?

The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

What do I receive once I enrol?

You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

What is small animal care?

There are many professions that involve working with small animals such as a veterinary nurse, working in the RSCPA or small animal sanctuaries. Working as a veterinary nurse requires giving the correct animal care and looking out for animal welfare. It may also require giving advice to owners on the correct care for their animal/pet.

When did you decide to become a veterinary nurse?

I had grown up with and around animals so I had always had love for animals since being young. I knew from a young age I would want to work with animals as I got older. I worked as a volunteer as at our local animal sanctuary on weekends when I turned 16 to gain experience alongside being at college gaining a certificate in being a veterinary care assistant.

What do veterinary nurses do on a day to day basis?

Veterinary nurses will see many different animals on a daily basis. They would be required to do many different tasks such as giving injections, taking x-rays, preparing animals for operations. Veterinary nurses would also have to care for the animals that have to stay over in the surgery. Advice and support would need to be given to pet owners on animal care.

What are the entry requirements to work with small animals?

You will need to have relevant level 2 qualifications to work as a veterinary nurse in courses/qualifications such as, City & Guilds (C&G) Diploma for Veterinary Care Assistants and Central Qualifications (CQ) Diploma for Veterinary Nursing Assistants / Diploma in Animal Nursing.

What can I expect to earn as a veterinary nurse?

Starting salaries from £14,000 - £22,000 a year

Senior veterinary nurses can earn around £25,000 a year

Monthly Subscription Plans

We have a number of innovative subscription plans available to sort all budgets and support needs.

Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

Level 2 Small Animal Care

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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

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