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An Introduction to Natural Pet Health Care
The course is Internet based, so you can go at your own pace and study at times convenient to you. For each of the topics there are study notes an tutorial presentation and a quiz. You also have some short assignments. to do. There will be constant access to tutor support with holistic veterinarian Holly Mash (UK) throughout your time in the course.

This course is part of the  Animal Health Sciences (Basic) Course and covers the basics of maintaining animal health and taking care of small animals from a mainstream perspective as well as what to do in an emergency when you are working with animals in an animal health setting and finally companion animal disease and how it is managed in conventional veterinary medicine.

This Unit introduces the principles of natural animal health care including definitions and controversies, natural diets, routine health care from a natural perspective and introduces the various therapies used for natural or naturopathic health care for animals. Finally common conditions and natural remedies are introduced. This Unit is not designed to prepare some one to treat animals. The Unit provides the knowledge and skills to advise on natural animal health care broadly using an evidence based approach.
This Unit covers the principles of small animal nutrition including prepared petfoods, alternative feeding approaches and home made diets. The Unit provides the knowledge and skills to advise on the advantages and disadvantages of each, as well as being able to assess in a broad way a food or diet from a nutritional standpoint. Natural nutrition fills in the gap of knowledge from mainstream nutrition philosophy which focuses on prepared pet foods. A balanced viewpoint is taken, along with an evidence based approach in the interests of animal health and wellbeing.

This Unit is designed to enable the student to relate features of the anatomy of animals to the function of the organisms’ body systems and the way they work. It will provide an overview of the functional anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. Emphasis is placed on the gross anatomy and function (physiology) of the systems of the animal body and the associated medical terminology. Topics include musculoskeletal system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, cutaneous system, immune system, respiratory system, urogenital system, nervous system, and special senses and endocrine system.

This unit develops your knowledge and understanding of the influence of the environment on animal health. Numerous environmental factors can influence health and disease and we examine those from an evidence based perspective. From heavy metals, food toxins, radiation, chemical exposure, to some hidden toxins we look at how these might influence  animals in our care as well as how we might minimise the risk and help prevent disease.

This Unit of Competency covers the terminology, culture and working conditions of an animal care workplace when working on an individual basis or with others. This unit is applicable to new entrants to the animal care and management industry. Animal care may occur in a wide variety of workplaces including retial, kennels, catteries, shelters, veterinary practices, zoos, stables and others.

This Unit of Competency covers the process of following animal health management practices to monitor animal health via daily observations of behaviour and condition. This Unit is applicable to those working in the animal care industry where it may be necessary to care for a range of animal species and to monitor the wellbeing of healthy, ill or injured animal species by observing and measuring indicators of ideal and poor development or response to treatments. This Unit is taught in the context of conventional and natural health approaches.

This Unit of Competency covers the process of providing essential first aid for animals by recognising and responding to an emergency using basic first aid measures.

The first aider is not expected to deal with complex casulaties or incidents, but to provide an intial response where first aid is required.