David Cavill

David Cavill

July 22, 2009 11:36 ET

Launch of Accredited Petcare Professional (APP) a National Qualification for all Those with Professional Responsibilities for Looking After People's Pets

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - A recent survey(1) by the Animal Care College(2) revealed that pet owners looking for non-veterinary specialists to help care for their pets are currently confused by a complicated maze of unintelligible qualifications and shocked by the number of people offering pet care services either with no qualifications at all or with qualifications that sound exceptional but only signify membership of an organisation. The Animal Care College, the leading specialist training college in the sector, has addressed this problem by creating a National accredited award open to all those professionally involved in caring for pets, which will enable pet owners to have confidence in their services. The Accredited Petcare Professional badge, whether worn by a veterinary receptionist, dog groomer, dog walker, pet bereavement counsellor, dog training or canine behaviour modification counsellor or the employee or manager at their local pet shop or kennel will be the public's guarantee of service and professionalism.

An Accredited Petcare Professional will have shown that they are competent by the completion of one or more of the comprehensive range of accredited courses which are available through colleges of further education, private training schools or through demonstrable long term success and achievement within their chosen profession. The Animal Care College is a member of the National Open College Network and with its 30 years of experience of training within the sector is highly regarded and ideally placed to assess and monitor the portfolios of candidates for Accredited Petcare Professional status. Full details and an application form for those already involved in the sector can be found on the Accredited Petcare Professional web site at www.accreditedpetcareprofessional.org.uk.

At the same time, the survey found that an increasing number of people would like to change their lifestyle and their current employment, to work in the animal care sector or provide pet services direct to the public. Such a life changing transition is often very difficult for mature adults but the Animal Care College (among others) can help because it provides a range of accredited qualifications tailored to their needs and the needs of the sector. These include general courses on developing personal potential and running a business as well as more focused and specialised courses which lead to specific qualifications in canine, feline and equine care and psychology and most importantly employment. Full details are available on the College's website www.animalcarecollege.co.uk.

If the student is starting from scratch, the College, which specialises in distance learning so students can study part time and largely at home, will recommend a series of courses drawn from their range which will provide enough Nationally recognised education 'credits' for the award of Accredited Petcare Professional. A typical suite of courses for pet sitting, for instance, would include: the two units(3) Developing your potential/Running your own business; one unit on Canine/feline first aid; one unit on Health, safety and legal issues and the five units of the Pet Sitting course. For anyone considering working as a veterinary receptionist the suite of awards would include: one unit on Developing your potential; one unit on Canine/feline first aid and the five units of the College's Veterinary receptionist certificate. By 'mixing and matching' units, a course to exactly fit the requirements of the student means time is not wasted and on successful completion the formal award of Animal Care College Accredited Pet Professional can be applied for. To be eligible for the Award the applicant will need to show that they have completed about 300 hours of unique study at Levels 2/3(4), valid work experience or a combination of the two.

Full details of all courses can be found at www.animalcarecollege.co.uk. The web site includes a video introduction to the College, a page-by-page version of the Prospectus, summaries of each course available, our and extensive student support package as well as useful links to information about working in the sector, our bookshop and Frequently Asked Questions. The printed Prospectus can be obtained from: The Registrar, Animal Care College, Index House, Ascot SL5 7ET, telephone 01344 636 436

(1) Survey carried out by the College who asked all those requesting information about courses via the Internet over a period of one month at the beginning of 2009, to complete a survey form. 156 were returned of 386 requests.

(2) The Animal Care College was established in 1980 and is recognised as the leading organisation for distance learning in the sector as its reputation for quality, professionalism and value is unmatched. Originally founded by and for pet care enthusiasts, the College now has over forty courses at every educational Level for professionals working in, or intending to work in, animal care. Whatever the aim, the Animal Care College has an accredited course which will establish and/or enhance the award holder's reputation for dedication and excellence in every aspect of their work. Its Founder and Principal, David Cavill, is Chairman both of the Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council (www.PETbc.org.uk) and the Pet Care Trust (www.petcare.org.uk), has been deeply involved with the development of animal care education for over thirty years and is recognised as one of the most influential and innovative voices in this field.

(3) A nationally accredited 'unit' requires about 30 hours of work at Levels 1 and 2. Each unit attracts 3 nationally recognised 'credits' for each unit. At Level 3 about 60 hours of work (about two months) is required for each Unit which gains the student 6 'Level 3' credits for each unit. 'Work' includes the time required for research, reading and attending classes or seminars as well as listening and/or watching various related programmes.

(4) For a description of the Nationally recognised Levels of educational achievement see http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/QualificationsExplained/DG_10039017.

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