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Diploma in Companion Animal Training

Diploma in Companion Animal Training


The Diploma in Companion Animal Training aims to provide a theoretical and practical understanding of companion animal training, enabling candidates to become competent and qualified animal trainers.

The course teaches and assesses the theoretical and practical application of animal training, including the ethology of companion animals, learning theory and its application in animal training, training and handling skills, as well as the study of animal law and ethics.

The diploma has also been developed to provide students with the opportunity to study and discuss the ethics surrounding the keeping and training of animals – such as, appropriate interactions with animals, their owners and outside organisations.

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

The 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 Diploma in Companion Animal Training comprises three level 4 units and two level 5 units, equating to 65 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:

And/or be a

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 Diploma in Companion Animal Training

Enrolment for the 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.

About Us

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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