Animal Care and Management

Level: Professional Development – QLS Level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Animal Care & Management
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

The Animal Care and Management course provides a grounding in a wide range of relevant subject areas connected with caring for and managing animals. Subjects covered include animal behaviour, health and welfare, nutrition and accommodation of most domestic species including cats, dogs, rodents, lizards, snakes, birds and fish. Students will also be introduced to legislation and social debate regarding the welfare and use of animals for food, farming, science and entertainment. This course would be useful for students who are either dedicated pet owners or interested in working with animals.


  • Lesson One
    • Understanding the Behaviour of Animals – Mammals and Reptiles
      • Dogs
      • Cats
      • Rabbits
      • Ferrets
      • Rodents
      • Reptiles
      • Behavioural Problems
  • Lesson Two
    • Understanding the Behaviour of Animals – Fish and Birds
      • Fish
      • Birds
      • Behavioural Problems
  • Lesson Three
    • Measuring and Recording Behaviour
      • Why Measure Behaviour?
      • Describing Behaviour
      • Types of Measurement
      • Levels of Measurement
      • Sampling and Recording Behaviour
      • Interpreting and Displaying Your Data
  • Lesson Four
    • Animal Accommodation
      • Caring for Dogs and Cats
      • Keeping Rabbits
      • Keeping Ferrets
      • Keeping Rodents
      • Caring for Reptiles
      • Keeping Fish
      • Keeping Birds
  • Lesson Five
    • Animal Feeding
      • Vitamins and Minerals
      • Feeding Dogs and Cats
      • Nutrition for Rabbits and Rodents
      • Feeding Ferrets
      • Reptile Nutrition
      • Feeding Fish
      • Birds Diet
  • Lesson Six
    • Handling and Restraint
      • Mammals
      • Reptiles
      • Birds
      • Fish
  • Lesson Seven
    • Identifying the Causes of Ill Health in Animals
      • Fungi
      • Viruses
      • Parasites
      • Secondary Diseases
  • Lesson Eight
    • Understanding the Treatment of Common Diseases and Infections
      • Diagnosing Disease and Infection
      • Treatment for Bacterial, Fungal and Viral Pathogens
      • Treatment for Bacterial and Fungal Diseases
      • Treatment for Viruses
      • Treatment for Parasitic Diseases
  • Lesson Nine
    • Laws Governing Animal Welfare
      • The Five Freedoms
      • Legislation in the UK
  • Lesson Ten
    • Looking at Animals in Society
      • Changing Views of Animals
      • Animals for Food Production
      • Animals for Entertainment, Sport and Leisure
      • Scientific Testing and Research Using Animals

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.