Foundation Diploma of Animal Management (Domestic Pets)

Course CodeVAG043
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1000 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Foundation Diploma of Animal Management (Domestic Pets) .
 Animal Health Care VAG100
 Pet Care AAG100
 Research Project I BGN102
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Animal Welfare BAG224
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 5 of the following 13 modules.
 Animal Anatomy And Physiology (Animal Husbandry I ) BAG101
 Animal Grooming BAG106
 Bird Keeping (Aviculture) BAG108
 Dog Care BAG105
 Horse Care 1 BAG102
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Marketing Foundations VBS109
 Animal Diseases BAG219
 Animal Feed & Nutrition (Animal Husbandry III) BAG202
 Cat Psychology and Training BAG222
 Dog Psychology and Training BAG221
 Herpetology BEN209
 Animal Breeding BAG301

Note that each module in the Foundation Diploma of Animal Management (Domestic Pets) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


  • Explore the basis of animal behaviour. Animals have many specialised abilities that result from both innate programming and learned behaviours. It was once believed that logical thought was unique to man, but the more we study and observe animals, the more we learn that animals are sentient creatures.
  • Gain confidence in animal health care. As starting point for someone seeking to develop a career in the veterinary industry, or for a broad grounding or the health care of domestic pets, animal health care is essential.
  • Get the practical skills. Pet care is starting point for knowledge of the practical side of looking after animals effectively and professionally. The pet care module provides an outstanding opportunity for you to learn about various domesticated species and how to meet their many and various needs.
  • Gain insight into current issues in animal welfare. Animal Welfare is a branch of animal ethics that covers the interactions between humans and animals and the responsibility that humans have to treat them in a manner that promotes their well-being. This module will engage you to think about Animal Perception. You will learn how to Assess and Manage Animal Welfare and gain an understanding of Animal Protection, Rescue and Health Services.
  • Develop your skills as a learner and apply those to your work - learn to plan and conduct research. Discover ways that research skills can improve both the performance and sustainability of any business. Research Project 1 takes you through learning how to research in a very practical and methodical way. With so much literature available, honing skills in study and presentation is vital in diploma level education and in the workplace.

What You Will Do

  • Activity Example 1.
    • Contact a veterinary service, animal welfare service or animal rescue service. Find out what their procedure is for providing first aid to an animal which has been hit by a car or other motor vehicle.
  • Activity Example 2
    • Observe an animal kept as a pet. It could be owned by one of your family members, a friend, neighbour, or someone else you know. Note how healthy the animal appears to be, how its owner(s) treat it, how it behaves, and if possible ask them about the animal's health history, any behavioural problems, and what (if anything) they have done to train it.
  • This course is packed with hands-on practical activities and tasks to ensure you are confident in a range of situations you may face working with animals. There is as least one activity for every lesson studied! Use your tutors for support and guidance on anything you might find challenging.


This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.
This course is accredited by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council.

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Cheryl Wilson

Cheryl has spent two decades working in agriculture, equine and education industries, across England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. She graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons), HND Horse Mgt, C&G Teaching Cert. For several years, Cheryl managed the distance
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