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Festive Season Closure:

The college will be closed from 18 December 2020 and re-open 11 January 2021.
All submitted assignments and new registrations will be seen to when we return.

We wish all students a safe and peaceful Festive Season.
Thank you for your support in a very challenging year.
Celia Forsyth

We have two courses starting 5 September 2020.

Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma – Virtual

Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma – Part-time (Gauteng) 


We are primarily a correspondence college and are still able to provide full services, during the various lock-down levels.

Our part-time courses, Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma will start again from 4 July 2020.  Details of class dates and times will be finalised by 5 June 2020 .

The Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma will run from 4 July 2020 from Cape Town, Western Cape and Randburg, Gauteng.

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We’ve added 4 new courses and here is a small breakdown of some of them:

-Equine Care and Welfare Diploma –  Click here for more info – please create link to info https://www.petsensecollege.co.za/equine-courses/equine-care-and-welfare-certificate/

-Equine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma – Click here for more info – https://www.petsensecollege.co.za/equine-courses/equine-behaviour-and-psychology-diploma/

Do you work in rescue?

We’ve created the Professional Rescue Dog Handler diploma for those who want to work or already work in rescue.

Click here for more info: https://www.petsensecollege.co.za/canine-diplomas/professional-rescue-dog-handler-diploma/



Due to popular demand The Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s diploma will also run from 1pm-4pm from the 1st of Feb 2020.  The 9am time slot is fully booked.

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Click here to read about course name changes and the latest info about the college.

Professional Kennel Operator Diploma

With an increased need for kennelling services, we are now providing a course for students who would like to work in this line of pet care.

Pet Sense College is passionate about animals and we do our bit to assist, by providing education which is directed specifically at helping animals in need.  Education is very scarce in this field which can lead to the animals, in the care of kennel owners, suffering.  Should you register for this course and run a rescue facility, kindly send proof of your NPO reg and you will receive a further 5% discount. This offer is valid till end of March 2019.

Animal Care, Welfare and Husbandry Diploma.

Due to increasing demand for educated professionals in the rescue and care fields, we now offer the Animal Care Welfare and Husbandry Diploma.  This  programme has been developed for those who want to know more about the care of particular species of domestic pets and are planning to work in a pet store or animal rescue center. It will also be a very useful introduction to further study for those wishing to embark on a career as an animal care assistant. It is a very comprehensive programme that is unrivaled in the sector. Modules 1 and 2 are compulsory. Four from the remaining 6 must also be completed. Each module will contain details of the animals’ husbandry including health issues, vaccinations, reproduction, any grooming, nail care and dental care that might be needed along with suitable accommodation and diet

July 2018
Brand New Diploma course launch.

Pet Sense College in conjunction with Compass Education and Training UK have recently launched our new Advanced Diploma in Animal Behaviour Management.

This course has been developed to cover a broader base of animals to prepare students academically  who work in veterinary practice or for animal keepers in wildlife collections.  This comprehensive diploma includes 12 modules which have been carefully developed to work as an animal behaviour technician.

We are launching this course with a 10% discount till end of August 2018 for students who enrol and pay upfront for the full course.  This is a massive R2520 saving.

For more info click here.

Veterinary Receptionist Course – now available.

Furthermore we are now also offering the Veterinary Receptionist course.  This four modules programme is designed to be the most comprehensive and relevant course available anywhere. It is written by an experienced veterinary surgeon with additional material contributed by an experienced veterinary nurse, both people who know what they need of someone who is frequently the face of the practice.

Two special people, who work in rescue, receive a full bursary from Pet Sense College:

In 2018, Pet Sense College launched the “Give to those who give the most” campaign offering a full bursary to applicants who work in rescue.

“Working in rescue must be one of the hardest jobs to do, dealing with animals that are neglected and then having to find suitable home for them” Celia says, “ and this why we feel it is our duty to offer these amazing people, the skills to do the best job they can do, by offering them hands-on practical skills to improve the lives of the dogs they rescue.”

We would like to offer our congratulations to Margit Rebak who volunteers at the Edenvale SPCA and to Lynda Kotze who is the director of Chihuahua Adoptions SA who both successfully applied for the full bursary and started the Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma on Saturday, June 16.   We look forward to helping the best way we can, for our community, by educating these two incredible students.

Two additional courses have been added to our portfolio.

Professional Pet Care and Veterinary Practice Assistant – Diploma  Part 1 and part 2.

This course has been developed by Compass Education and Training UK for those who want to work with animals in a veterinary setting. It covers all the knowledge and understanding topics that are required to be employed as an Animal Nursing Assistant with the exception of the work experience and practical related subjects.  The first part will be particularly useful for any one caring for a range of animals in a professional capacity and the second part that is aimed specifically at the veterinary practice assistant.

Announcement of bursary winners for the 1st take-in.

Today, 7 March 2018, we are very proud to announce the three winners of the bursary for the Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma.
One applicant from Wetnose Rescue Centre, Labrador Rescue South Africa and Boxer Rescue South Africa has been selected to partake in this part-time course commencing on 10 March 2018.
This comprehensive diploma will educate and teach skills to participants who will no doubt enrich their prospective rescue centres. Working in rescue is no easy feat and this bursary offer will hopefully help countless rescue dogs and prospective owners.

“We are very proud to be in a position to help those who help the most” says Celia McCulla, the owner of Pet Sense College. “There are so many people who work with dogs in shelters who can’t afford the costs of a professional course, but a qualification would enhance capabilities and the living experience of the dogs that they work with. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a recognised diploma in a profession that many people work in, just out of the goodness of their hearts.”



Click here for more detail on the course.

Canine Behaviour diploma offered to deserving shelter workers

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