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About Us

Pet Sense College is correspondence college for education in animal care, behaviour and training which exclusively represents Compass Education and Training, in Africa and Australia. Our association ensures that our courses are of the highest standard.

Pet Sense College provides quality education to students who would like to work with animals in a professional capacity. Pet Sense College aims to provide education which is competitive and prides itself in offering courses which are internationally recognised thanks to our partnership with Compass Education and Training UK.

People who love animals and want to work with them are often faced with the challenges of not being able to prove their skills or to build on those that they have. It is for these people, who want to work in shelters, day care, pet sitting, vet practices or animal training, that Pet Sense College is introducing a series of diploma courses.

Our courses are recognised by the Animal Behaviour Consultants of South Africa who are the registering authority for animal behaviour consultants in Southern Africa.

Registration is open all year round. You decide when you are ready to register as all our courses are correspondence. There are no exams as you are marked on course work and module projects. You can work at your own pace, within reason. We believe there should be a limit, as the longer the gap between modules the more you need to reacquaint yourself with previous work.

Our payment options are flexible. You can either pay for the whole course or pay per module. For more terms and conditions, have a look at our FAQ page and refund policy.

We accept payment from VISA , Mastercard or PAYPAL. You can securely purchase using debit, cheque or credit card via our website.

Tutor Information:

Angela Willerton

Angela is a qualified adult education teacher.  She has studied and taught animal behaviour, welfare and handling for several years at Grimsby College and has a National Diploma in Animal Management as well as having completed a number of Open University courses in Ecology and Conservation. She has a passion for animal welfare and has been a tutor at Compass for over 20 years.
She has kept a range of different species over the years including cats, dogs, small mammals and fish. She currently has two dogs.

Joanne Martin


Joanne has a BSc (hons) Natural Sciences (including oceanography, evolution and environmental studies), an MSc Biology (brain and behaviour) and Medicinal Chemistry and an MEd. She also tutors for the Open University.

She spent some time as a Veterinary Nurse and has a particular interest in horses, cats and dogs.


Celia Forsyth

Celia Forsyth started Pet Sense College in 2015 by offering South Africa world class diploma courses in the animal care, behaviour and training field.  She has completed various courses including two Advanced Diplomas in Animal and Canine Behaviour.  She has been training dogs since 2011 and is accredited as a behaviourist and dog trainer with SABCAP and runs a successful dog school in Linksfield, Johannesburg.  She is a regular columnist for Canine Zone and has written articles for various magazines and newspapers and has done many talks on dog behaviour to professionals and dog owners.  She works with Top Dogs Therapy Dogs as the assessor for dog owners who want their dogs to work as therapy dogs.  She tutors some of the canine courses and facilitates the Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma.

Lauren-Jade Hughes

Lauren-Jade has been training dogs since 2015 and has a deep-rooted passion for working with animals. She has an Honours Degree in Psychology and has completed her CBTI Diploma through Pet Sense College. She is also the owner of an exclusive Pet Sitting Company for the past three years, and is a professional Behavioural Dog Walker, and a Puppy Trainer. She has been working with Pet Sense College for the past 6 months assisting in the Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s  diploma and is the Facilitator for this.

Casey Ward

Casey has been training dogs since 2010 and is very passionate about using the latest techniques and positive reinforcement.  After completing her Honours Degree in Biological Sciences she chose to follow her passion of working with dogs by helping owners with behaviour problems. She has completed her Diploma in the Foundations of Canine Behaviour Management and is currently completing her Advanced Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour. For the past 3 years she has worked as a Certified Small Animal Hydrotherapist and is part of the Dogs at Home Training Team based in Cape Town. She facilitates the Canine Behaviour Instructor’s Diploma in Cape Town.


Accreditation, Recognition and Approvals



We at Compass/ Pet Sense College are constantly asked about recognition and accreditation of our courses.

We have worked hard at establishing a quality service delivering quality courses in a way that satisfies the rigorous standards applied by a number of independent bodies.
These independent bodies range from the professional to the academic and many are under the control of government departments and offices.

We believe that our list of organisations that approve or recognise Compass and its courses is unrivalled in the private provision of animal related courses.

The APPETD promotes quality of education and training in South Africa, while lobbying for the inclusion of private provision in all activities that contribute to excellence in skills development for people.


NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.


The EADL is the European association of schools, institutions and individuals working in correspondence and distance education. With members from over 20 European countries, the Association is a representative forum for the exchange of information and ideas on current practice and developments in the expanding field of distance learning. Nearly all member states of the European Community are represented in the EADL. But the EADL has also members in Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey. With 5,000 different courses the members of the EADL work with more than 2,5 million students all over Europe.www.eadl.org

zslThe Zoological Society of London

We are pleased to announce that the ZSL will accept Compass students’ applications for Student Fellowship of their organisation (application forms are sent out as part of the registration process). Apart from an extensive list of benefits to individuals we feel that it is an honour to have been allowed such an arrangement which permits us to promote and support the conservation and research work that is carried out by such an esteemed organisation.

sd-scotSkills Development (Scotland)

In direct support of the Scottish Executive’s Lifelong Learning Strategy, the mission of learndirect scotland is to help individuals and small businesses across Scotland to realise their potential through learning, at a time, place, pace and style that suits their needs.
Working closely with key partners, we seek to enhance the skills and employability of individuals and the competitiveness of companies, by encouraging disadvantaged and disaffected people back into learning to improve their personal and work-related skills and by helping small businesses to access training and development opportunities for their staff.

ilaILA Scotland

If you are over 18 and living in Scotland, you could get up to £200 towards the cost of learning new skills with an individual learning account from ILA Scotland.
ILA Scotland is a Scottish Executive scheme which helps you pay for learning that you can do at a time, place, pace and in a way to suit you. Compass has been approved to accept ILAs in payment for its courses

equal-regEquality Register

Compass is a member of the Equality Register, our unique number is 4784. Local authorities and other Public Sector Organisations have a duty to ensure that their suppliers and sub-contractors have appropriate equality policies and practises in place. The Equality Register is managed on behalf of the Association of Equality Scheme Providers (AESP) and are able to verify and update an organisation’s equality status on The Equality Register and are able to issue Accreditation and Certificates which confirm and that an organisation’s policies and practices meet the AESP National Equality Framework (NEF) standard requirements.

Compass is listed on the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) which is a project led by the Government’s Department for Education and Skills. www.ukrlp.co.uk

 CBTSThe Canine Behaviour & Training Society.

As a result of our mutually compatible interests in promoting highly qualified (practically and academically), professional and ethical canine behaviour advisors Compass is pleased to announce a formal association with the TCBTS (formerly UKRCB). The TCBTS (formerly UKRCB), founded in 1992 is a professional body of canine behaviour therapists with members practising throughout Great Britain and a selected number of international members. It comprises a nationwide network of canine behaviour advisors who offer a comprehensive referral service to veterinary surgeons and their clients for owners of dogs with behaviour problems.
The TCBTS (formerly UKRCB), recommended by the Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) has a real commitment to education and promoting responsible dog ownership.
Membership is open to practising canine behaviour advisors who meet the criteria and high standards set by the UKRCB. For further information please apply in writing to: Patricia White, Secretary UKRCB, 53A Oxford Gardens, London W10 5UJ; email patw@rcwlitagency.co.uk ; web:www.UKRCB.co.uk

iaabcThe International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

As a result of our mutually compatible interests in promoting highly qualified, ethical animal behaviour advisors, Compass and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants are pleased to announce the approval of continuing education units now being awarded for select Compass courses and classes. The IAABC is a professional association for the field of animal behaviour consulting. The association represents the professional interests of behaviour consultants throughout the world. It is involved with the problems, needs and changing patterns of animal-owner relationships, and helps to ensure that trained practitioners meet the public’s needs.
The association’s members meet standards for education and training and are held to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Certified members qualify in one or more species-specific divisions, working with dogs, cats, horses, and/or parrots. Associate members are consultants in practice, on the path to Certified membership. www.iaabc.org

NSARDANational Search and Rescue Dog Association

The National Search and Rescue Dog Association is the organisation that provides a point of contact for all the regional SARDAs around the country.
Compass is operating in partnership with and supports the work of NSARDA, it runs a specially developed diploma course for SAR dog handlers and heavily subsidises the students.

isapInternational Society of Animal Professionals

ISAP (www.is-ap.org) is a professional community of people working with animals around the world with a common interest of sharing knowledge and experiences. They also accredit all Compass courses and are able to award appropriate Certificates and Diplomas to those registered as Student Members. Many Compass courses qualify students to apply for Associate or Full membership on successful completion of their studies.


The Institute for Animal Care Education exists to promote education within the animal care industry. It was founded in 1996 and promotes a range of courses for the industry.
The Institute fulfils the requirement for a body within the animal care sector which is focussed on the education and welfare needs of the industry. The executive council also agrees the appointment of a panel whose role is to agree codes of practice and standards within organisations delivering courses as well as appointing external verifiers to ensure that those animal welfare and educational standards are maintained. All courses recognised by the Institute that are outside the National Framework (privately provided) are certificated by them.

All Compass Education Ltd courses are written by industry experts and provided exclusively in the UK by Compass, they are not available anywhere else. Courses are unique to Compass and accredited by Ofqual regulated Awarding Bodies and/or Industry Professional Bodies as indicated in each course description. In common with the overwhelming majority of private educational provision in this sector they do not appear on the QCF or SCQF.