This Certificate enables you to understand the roles, responsibilities and requirements involved if you wish to offer a professional dog walking service.
This will include current laws, legislation and codes of practice in relation to a dog's health and welfare, walking a dog safely and dealing with emergencies.
You need basic literacy and numeracy skills, plus some knowledge of animal care.
You will be assessed through one-to-one practical assessment, with oral questioning.
You should have access to a dog for assessment and will be required to supply your own accessories - such as a lead set - plus stationery.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.
She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."