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Qualification - Associate Diploma in Pet Management

Course CodeVAG048
Fee CodeAS
Duration (approx)1500 hours
QualificationAssociate Diploma

Excel as a Pet Industry Professional.

People are passionate about their pets. Working in the pet industry is a highly rewarding way to develop a career where you can be a part of making society a happier and healthier place.

This is an exceptional qualification, more extensive and in depth than most courses.

It is more tailored to the pet industry than most options offered and if you are set on a career or business in the pet industry; this course will build your capacity and open your eyes to possibilities beyond what you may have previously considered.


Benefits of studying this course

Some jobs in the pet industry do not require formal training, but many do… and a combination of study and experience can provide you with much greater opportunities.

Study our Associate Diploma in Pet Management and: 

  • Open up doors to a number of careers that require some level of skills and formal training
  • Use this course as a foundation to further specialise into roles and careers that require considerable training
  • Give yourself a competitive edge – the pet industry is very competitive so you need to set yourself above the rest




Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Associate Diploma in Pet Management.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Animal Biology (Animal Husbandry I) BAG101
 Animal Health Care VAG100
 Aquarium Management BEN105
 Bird Care BAG108
 Cat Care BAG107
 Dog Care BAG105
 Pet Care (Different Types Of Pets) AAG100
 Starting A Small Business VBS101
 Animal Welfare BAG224
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 5 of the following 16 modules.
 Animal Grooming BAG106
 Biochemistry I (Animal) BSC103
 Horse Management I BAG102
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Ornithology BEN102
 Animal Behaviour BAG203
 Animal Disease BAG219
 Carnivore Zoology BEN219
 Cat Psychology and Training BAG222
 Dog Psychology and Behavioural Management BAG221
 Goat Husbandry BAG223
 Herpetology BEN209
 Horse Management II BAG204
 Natural Animal Health Care BAG218
 Poultry BAG208
 Horse Management III BAG302

Note that each module in the Qualification - Associate Diploma in Pet Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Where can this course lead you?

A background and experience in Pet Management can set you up to be employed in or start your own business in a variety of career areas including:

  • Pet Store Management
  • Animal Shelter Management
  • Animal Boarding/Cattery/Kennel Management
  • Pet Training
  • Pet Breeding
  • Animal Ranger
  • Animal Rescue Officer/Management
  • Pet Grooming/Sitting/Walking 

Meet some of our academics

Dr Robert BrowneZoologist, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability, science based consultancy with biotechnology corporations. Work focused on conservation and sustainability. Robert has published work in the fields of nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design.Robert has B.Sc., Ph, D.
Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Bob JamesHorticulturalist, Agriculturalist, Environmental consultant, Businessman and Professional Writer. Over 40 years in industry, Bob has held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise. Bob has a Dip. Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC
Kara WightBSc (Applied Bioscience and Zoology), HND (Animal Care), HND (Photography & Imaging)