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Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training

Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training


In continuation of the Diploma in Companion Animal Training, this advanced qualification has been developed to provide a sound theoretical knowledge of animal ethology in the keeping and training of a variety of companion animal species.

The Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training involves the study of human and family psychology, alongside animal anatomy, physiology, health and behaviour, in order to increase theoretical and practical knowledge of the physiological and psychological factors that affect the relationship between animal and owner.

This emphasis on psychology also equips students with the skills to teach owners methods of animal training, as well as the ability to recognise different personality and learning styles to ensure effective client communication.

A balance of practice-based learning and theoretical teaching within the course will ensure students can undertake the role of a companion animal trainer and instructor proficiently; therefore, clinical placement within a training practice involved with companion animal training and behaviour is essential.

The Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training has been developed for veterinary surgeons, qualified veterinary nurses or those working in the veterinary care sector with responsibility for planning and managing the care and training of animals, and the instruction of clients.

Units of study

The Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training comprises three level 4 units, three level 5 units and three level 6 units, equating to 115 credits:

Qualification delivery

Students can undertake this course on a full or part-time basis. It is essential that students learn in suitable professional environments that provide a companion animal training service and have training classes available for clients, so practice-based learning is a vital element of this diploma.

Entry requirements

Students are required to be employed with an approved training practice and should possess one of the following:

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Students not meeting these requirements will be required to apply to Central College for approval. Please contact us for advice.

Evidence, testimonials and existing qualifications will be required to support your application. The centre will judge each application on an individual basis and its decision is final. No student will be subjected to unfair discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, creed, age or special needs and equal opportunity policies will be adhered to on all grounds.


Assignments, theoretical examinations, practical examinations and presentations

Students will compile an online work-based progress log (Central Skills Log), which will be monitored by your workplace clinical coach.

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Enrolment on the Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training

Enrolment for the Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Training course is flexible, so students can begin the course at a time that is most convenient to them. Click here to register your interest.

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Central College is a further education college specialising in veterinary and animal care studies. With close links to veterinary practices, we provide a wide range of full and part time work-based learning programmes and apprenticeships.

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