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Pet Education Certificate

DCB 2004

For those interested in starting a career working with animals but do not know where to get started, this course will help students explore the field of animal-related careers through education and internships. The Pet Education Certificate course offers a variety of resources to help begin or enhance their career working with animals including but not limited to pet-sitting, kennel work, daycare, training, working for a veterinarian and other animal-related fields. The course content includes: pet health and illness, communication, behavior management, safety, basic hygiene care for pets, and even writing a resume and preparing for an interview. This course will further a student’s knowledge and skills through course lectures, guest speakers and hands-on internship experiences. Those who successfully complete this unique program will have specialized education and experience that gives them an advantage in the field. Internships can be a good source for students to network for experience and employment. In order to successfully complete this program students must complete a pet First Aid/CPR class and at least 54 hours of internships at approved animal care facilities (instructor will assist students in securing the necessary internships) within six months of the final class meeting. 7.2 CEUs

Pet CPR & First Aid

DCB 2005

This course is for students who wish to work in the pet industry or wish to acquire knowledge on how to respond in an emergency situation for pets. In this class, students will learn what they can do in the first 15-25 seconds on the scene to make a big difference for a pet. Learning to respond quickly and properly in the first few minutes in a pet emergency is critical and can save a pet’s life. Some of the material covered includes: equipment and supplies for a pet first aid kit, assessing vital signs, understanding basic pet owner responsibilities, bleeding and shock management, restraint, muzzle, elevation, direct pressure, pressure points, immobilization, shock management and transportation, rescue breathing, and administering medicine and treating wounds. Many more scenarios and skills will be covered throughout the course. Whether a pet owner or just a pet lover, this class will provide critical knowledge that could help save a pet’s life. Note: Students will need to purchase at least one textbook as part of the online portion of this course (Approx. $20). 0.6 CEUs

Starting a Pet Business

DCB 2007

This course is designed for the students who wish to start their own pet business. In order to stand out in the industry today pet business owners need to think outside the box and do their research. The course will save students time and money by giving them the tools to do it right the first time. Aspiring entrepreneurs will learn how to avoid pitfalls in the beginning stages of business planning, Topics will include business planning, acquiring permits, how to make the business unique in the industry, writing a press release, tips to increase revenue, marketing and designs that sell, where to go for free assistance and much more. Course includes a 30-minute personal phone consultation with Pet Estates, Inc. owners Don or Mary Lynn Gagnon.

Pet in the Household

DCB 2008

Entering a Client’s Home Safely with a Pet in the Household This course will give professionals (EMT, nurse, caregiver, pet sitter, repair person, etc.) the training and tools needed to help keep them safe when entering a home with pets. Topics covered include: canine aggression and how to diffuse a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation. This course will help students recognize aggression in animals and remain safe when entering their territory. Finally, this course will help students to recognize the pet’s body language such as evaluating tail position, eye behavior, ear posture, mouth behavior, vocal communication and discuss how to communicate with the pet accordingly. Continuing Education credit may be available for completion of this course. .2CEUs