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Day Care Operator Diploma

Professional Day Care Operator Diploma








With the rise in popularity of Day Care facilities there is a need for properly educated people to run them. The Day Care Operator Diploma covers the essential information that is required to successfully run the dog aspects of a day care (business studies are not covered). It is recommended that successful students should consider further studies as career development with the Canine Communication and Canine Aggression programmes.

Course Modules

  1. Canine Nutrition 
  • Introduction to food
  • The 5 main types of food
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • The canine digestive system
  • Feeding
  • Types of food
  • Moist food
  • Dry food
  • Natural food
  • When to feed
  • Dietary requirements for different ages
  • Puppy requirements
  • Weaning
  • How much should a dog be fed?
  • Daily requirements of the elderly dog
  • Loss of appetite (fussy feeders)
  • Feeding the unwell dog
  • The importance of water.
  1. Canine First Aid
  • Accident prevention
  • Outdoor basics
  • Indoor basics
  • Putting together a first aid kit
  • Muzzles
  • Vital Signs: Temperature, Pulse and Respiration
  • Examples of First Aid Situations
  • RTA : First aid Action
  • Open and closed wounds
  • First Aid action of wounds
  • Fractures: Simple, Compound and Complicated
  • First Aid action of fractures
  • Haemorrhaging
  • Arteries
  • Veins
  • Capillaries
  • The different types of haemorrhage
  • Signs of haemorrhage
  • First aid action of haemorrhage
  • The three main pressure points
  • Tourniquets
  • Dislocations
  • Signs of dislocations
  • First aid action of dislocations
  • Shock
  • Signs of shock
  • First aid action of shock
  • Heat Stroke and signs of heat stroke
  • First aid action of heat stroke
  • Cut paws
  • Burns and scalds
  • First aid action of burns ad scalds
  • Drowning
  • First aid action of drowning
  • Foreign bodies in eyes, throat or mouth
  • Insect stings
  • Poisoning
  • First aid action of poisoning
  • Convulsions and Fits
  • Cause of convulsions and fits
  • First aid action of convulsions and fits
  1. Canine Law 
  • Introduction to canine law
  • Local Byelaws
  • Sources of information on canine law
  • Standard scale of fines and penalties
  • Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • The key elements of the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Animals to which the Animal Welfare Act 2006 applies
  • Protection Animals of the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Responsibility for animals of the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Preventing harm in connection with the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Duty of care and the Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • The Criminal Damages Act 1971
  • Dangerous Dogs Act 19
  • Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005
  • Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003
  • Road Traffic Act 1988
  • Control of Dogs Order 1992
  • Transportation of Animals
  • The Animal Health Act 1981
  • The Veterinary Surgeon’s Act 1966
  1. Canine Behaviour 
  • Introduction to Canine Behaviour
  • Puppy behaviour
  • Adolescence behaviour in the dog
  • Adolescence behaviour in the bitch
  • Mating behaviour of the dog and bitch
  • Pregnancy of the bitch
  • Whelping
  • Puppy behaviour
  • Canine Communication
  • Vocalisation
  • Tactile communication
  • Body Language
  • Scent communication
  • Natural canine behaviours
  1. Common Health Problems 
  • What are the signs of a healthy dog?
  • Internal Parasites: Worms
  • External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Flies, Ringworm and mites
  • Infectious diseases: Distemper, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Kennel Cough and Rabies
  • Hereditary conditions: Entropian, Ectropian, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Hip dysplasia and Deafness.
  • Problems affecting the bitch: Eclampsia and Pyometra
  • Problems of old age
  1. Hygiene, Health and Safety 
  • Introduction to health and hygiene
  • Basic animal needs in a kennel establishment
  • The basic needs each dog should be provided
  • Hygiene
  • Cleaning routine for individual kennels
  • Cleaning materials
  • Product types to be used in a kennel
  • Common names of products and their uses
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Waste Disposal
  • Exercise areas
  • Staff to dog ratios
  • Ventilation, insulation and heating
  • Bedding and disposable bedding
  • Health and Safety Issues

Course Details

  • Study Level 3
    The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.
  • This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.

Fees: Excluding VAT

  • Course fee – R10100.00 (includes registration and certification)
  • Installment option – R1500 registration, R200 certification and R1500 per module


Monthly installments – Choose your own amount to pay monthly, no less than R500, over and above reg and cert payment. (This option ensures that finances don’t get in the way of completing your course, giving you peace of mind.)(Each module must be paid up before release.)

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