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Higher Certificate in Canine Health & Well-being

Health, Medication, Diseases, Infections, Holistic Health, Enrichment & More

Written by: Caroline ClarkQualified Registered Veterinary Nurse, RVN Clinical Coach, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Qualified Teacher & Published Author

This veterinary approved and externally accredited online course is written and designed by a qualified registered veterinary nurse and clinicial animal behaviourist. It has been designed for pet professionals, fulfilling Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. However, it is suitable for pet owners too.

The course is made up of multiple learning processes, such as written content, video demonstrations, downloadable resources and suggested tasks. There are no exams, but to obtain your certificate you must answer some multiple choice questions. Like human first aid, it is recommended that you refresh your skills every three years.

Course aims:

  • To appreciate the welfare issues that impact on the dog through ill health.
  • To carry out a safe and accurate canine health check/examination.
  • To recognise a range of different canine ailments and conditions.
  • Understand how to control and prevent the spread of infection.
  • How to carry out basic treatments and medication that has been prescribed by a veterinary surgeon.
  • See full course curriculum below.

Course features:

  • Written with the benefit of practical veterinary experience.
  • Information and content based on the latest veterinary standards.
  • FREE 1 hour recorded seminar, edited so that each topic area accompanies the corresponding lesson.
  • Easy-to-digest lessons give you the flexibility to learn at home at your own pace.
  • Recorded video demonstrations.
  • Tutor and technical support available.
  • Lifetime access to dip in and out of the course whenever you need to refresh your knowledge.
  • Accredited CPD certificate of completion.
  • Works on computers, tablets & smartphones.
Accredited by CPD Standards
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10% Loyal Student Discount on further courses

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Suitable for:

  • Pet professionals
  • Dog trainers
  • Dog carers / sitters
  • Kennel workers
  • Dog groomers
  • Dog walkers
  • Dog wardens / community officers
  • Rescue centre workers
  • Dedicated dog owners

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About your tutor

Caroline Clark

Caroline has a long and varied career working with companion animals. After many years working as a veterinary nurse she attended teacher training college and pursued a career in education - teaching veterinary nursing and other animal related subjects. Caroline's interest in behaviour led her to at Southampton University where she gained a post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour counselling and after qualifying in 2006, she opened her own behaviour referral clinic in Yorkshire. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and is one of only a small number of specialists to have achieved the status of Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour Training Council. Caroline is the author of two books: Fear and Anxiety in Dogs published by Crowood Press and The Professional's Guide to Feline Behaviour by CRC Press. Caroline has also written several articles for veterinary journals and has appeared as the animal specialist on the 20 part, Channel Four TV series, ‘Embarrassing Pets’ which is still aired worldwide. Now Caroline combines her skills by writing a variety of online courses and shares her expertise with budding behaviourists through her mentorship programmes.

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Course includes

  • 9 Modules
  • Webinar & Demonstrations
  • Downloadable Resources
  • No Exams!
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lifetime Access
4.9 12 Reviews


by Leonie Morris 04/07/2024

This was a very informative course which balanced providing enough scientific detail whilst making it accessible to those who are not in the scientific field. The course has helped me to consider a holistic approach to a dog’s needs – physical, mental, behavioural and emotional. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course. I enjoyed the additional videos which made the course more stimulating.

by Jane Davies 24/01/2024

Loved the course learnt a lot. Well explained and shown how to do things. Highly recommend

by Janie Comber 07/10/2023

A wealth of truly interesting and useful learning, presented in easily-digested lessons, with lots of opportunity to look further into areas of particular interest by using the web links provided and going from there. An ideal course for anyone wanting to be a better-informed dog owner or carer.
Your dog will thank you for taking this course!

by Monica Gameiro 05/09/2023

I have found this course extremely informative and it has great detail. It’s perfect if you want to further develop your knowledge on canine health and wellbeing following the completion of the First Aid course.

by Joshua Gayadeen 09/05/2023

Very useful, including a mock scenario (practice run) in which you are hypothetically responsible for analysing and providing care and instructions for a dog showing symptoms of illness. A little thrown off by the inclusion of homeopathy in the alternative therapies submodule, but would definitely recommend the course.

by Amy Wright 26/01/2023

I found this course really interesting and would recommend to anyone that has an interest in Canine Health and Well-being.

The course is really easy to follow and understanding with lots of encouragement for further research and development

by Patrizia Cohen 20/02/2022

This is a great and challenging course packed with a lot of useful information. Very well done.

by Jessica Rangeley 01/12/2021

This course has given me so much information and helped me to expand my knowledge in many areas, I am very happy with the support available and I look forward to completing further courses to continue to expand my knowledge and help provide advise and care for dog owners.


by Katie Reynolds 30/08/2020

Excellent Canine Health and Welfare course, Exceptional value for money, Highly recommend, Fantastic educational layout, from a highly valued and caring professional – that is of course Caroline Clark.
I am sure to be your student for sometime as i am enrolling in your other accredited courses – that i cannot wait, and feel lucky to be learning and studying under such expertise.
Thank you, Katie R.

by Lorna Holder 10/05/2020

The learning online was perfect for me. This course is very new to me and I have to say it was very insightful and interesting indeed. The video tutorial assisted in consolidating information equally extra pointers that was good to know.
One in particular section: Understanding Disease and Infections was an eye opener and I really enjoyed that.
Great content, Great tutor, Great Course. Thank you

by Sue Fox 06/01/2020

Very interesting and learnt a lot

by Lizzie Horsaman 22/03/2019

I found the course covers a nice range of topics, with lots of information without being too wordy so it doesn’t get dull. I liked that it was broken up by videos and plenty of self assessments. Useful links to other websites as well, I learnt some new things which would be beneficial for my own dog!