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Modules

This course will provide an introduction to the relevance of understanding canine psychology and how canine animals think. It will include but not be limited to the evolution of wolves to dogs, why early humans domesticated wolves, the roles that dogs now fulfil in society and the social behaviour of wolves.

This course will provide an overview of the various ways that canine animals communicate and will include but not be limited to how to interpret canine body language, key facts regarding a dog’s sense of smell and the meaning of a dog’s urination behaviour.

This course will provide an introduction to natural canine behaviours and basic requirements, including but not limited to the importance of the main components of food, key facts regarding health issues in dogs and sexual behaviour of dogs, and how to develop an exercise plan for a dog.

This course will provide an introduction to how dogs develop behavioural characteristics throughout the stages of their life. It will include but not be limited the importance of developmental periods, the importance of play and the ways a puppy can be socialised.

This course will provide an overview of commonly occurring behavioural problems in dogs and will include but not be limited to the importance of physical and mental stimulation, different types of aggression and appropriate treatments for behavioural disorders.

This course will provide an introduction to the basic principles on which dog training is based and how this translates to training a dog. It will include but not be limited to how conditioning works, key facts regarding socialisation and basic training, and how to formulate a behavioural modification plan.

This course will explore the various ways a dog can be trained to perform predetermined actions upon command, and will include but not be limited to the importance of obedience training, how commands can be taught to a dog and key facts regarding the basic concepts behind obedience training.

This course will provide an introduction to the movement of dogs and how it can be controlled, both through training and other methods. It will include but not be limited to reasons why a dog may escape and changes that can be made to prevent a dog from escaping.

This course will explore the different ways a dog can be trained to perform tasks required as a working dog and will include but not be limited to the importance of working dogs and how a working dog can be trained.

The Animal Care Program comprises the following ten modules/courses:  

This course will provide an introduction to the relevance of understanding canine psychology and how canine animals think. It will include but not be limited to the evolution of wolves to dogs, why early humans domesticated wolves, the roles that dogs now fulfil in society and the social behaviour of wolves.

This course will provide an introduction to basic biological concepts of animals, focusing on the structure and function of the mammalian body. It will include but not be limited to key anatomical and physiological terms, the structure and function of a variety of organ systems and anatomical similarities and differences between species.

This course will provide an overview of the care requirements of a pet dog including but not limited to an appropriate diet for a dog, appropriate exercise and environmental management plans, grooming requirements and how to design a preventative health care plan for a pet dog.

This course will provide an overview of the care requirements of a variety of common pets, including but not limited to the housing and enrichment requirements of pets, hygiene and grooming requirements of a variety of species, appropriate diets and how to create preventative health care plans for different pets.

This course will provide an overview of a variety of diseases common to pet dogs and will include but not be limited to the main groups of micro-organisms which cause infectious diseases, signs of illness in a dog and key aspects of a range of common canine diseases.

This course will provide an overview of diseases common to a variety of pet animals, including but not limited to the signs of illness in a variety of species, key aspects of a range of common animal diseases and the most likely diagnosis for various diseases when given a set of symptoms.

This course will provide an introduction to animal first-aid situations and responses and will include but not be limited to how to prevent animal accidents and emergencies from occurring and how to identify signs of an emergency situation in a pet animal.

This course will provide an introduction to handling techniques of companion animals and dog safety, including but not limited to how to safely handle a variety of companion animals in different contexts and how to avoid and deal with cat and dog attacks.

This course will provide an introduction to the basic procedures carried out by animal healthcare professionals and will include but not be limited by how to take vital signs, how and why a veterinarian will take a history and do a physical exam and how pets are prepared, monitored and cared for before, during and after surgeries.

This course will provide an introduction to the behaviour and basic training principles of cats, dogs and other pets, including but not limited to the body language of dogs and cats, the importance of socialisation in pets and how basic training principles can be used to train an animal.

The Start your own Business Program comprises the following nine modules/courses:

This course will provide an introduction to setting up a business, including but not limited to the various types of business structures, how to define a business using a mission statement, identifying target markets, start-up costs and how to calculate a minimum charge out rate. 

This course will provide an introduction and overview of all of the tools, information and activities needed to build a business plan, including but not limited to how to get started in business, understanding markets and developing a business plan. 

This course will provide an introduction to effective business marketing and social media, including but not limited to the benefits and two main types of market research, methods for using target marketing, the importance of competitor analysis, the core elements of the marketing mix and the use of social media as a marketing tool. 

This course will take a close look at the preparation of budgets, forecasts and cash flow management, including but not limited to the purpose of a budget and forecast, the importance and advantages of budgeting, how to prepare a budget and how to compare actual results with analyse variances as well as a look at the cash conversion cycle.  

This course will take a look how to plan for profit and will include but not be limited to the difference between the cost and price of products and services, the various cost categories and the process involved in costing products and services, as well as the importance of the break-even point.  

This course will take a look at the fundamentals of payroll and payroll management concepts, and will include but not be limited to employee record information that must be retained, the purpose of checking payroll data and how to reconcile payroll information, the different types of employees and how to determine the PAYG withholding tax that is to be deducted from wages. 

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of Value Added Tax (VAT) with regards to small businesses. It will include but not be limited to the key terms and concepts used when dealing with VAT, how to complete simple VAT calculations, and the requirements for registering for VAT, invoicing, record keeping, filing and paying VAT.

This course will take a close look at financial statement analysis, including but not limited to how to analyse trends, how to calculate ratios and how to analyse the results. 

After completing the above courses/modules, you’ll receive one hour of mentoring from our experienced and knowledgeable business mentors. They’re there to answer your questions and provide insight into how you can turn the practical skills you’ve learnt into a fully-fledged business.

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This course takes approximately 400 hours, and you’ll have up to 18 months to complete. Study in your own time, at your own pace. Most of The Career Academy courses are designed so that you do one module a week. But if life gets busy you can take longer and even apply for a course extension if you need more time.

Upon the completion of this course, you can obtain a job as a Veterinary Assistant. These jobs in Ireland earn approximately €57,500 per year but can be as high as €60,000 per year. (Payscale)

Contact a friendly student advisor on 01 437 8559 to find out about potential career outcomes and see where our courses can take you. Employers also constantly approach The Career Academy looking for students and employers also advertise jobs in the Career Centre (available once you enrol). You’ll also receive a FREE CV review.

This qualification is Internationally recognised. Our qualifications are highly sought after by employers around the world and accredited by global industry bodies such as ICOES.

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