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Canine Health and Nutrition Level 3

Course Code: ABC017
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide students with information and skills necessary to be able to introduce the correct nutrition for all life stages and common disease states. The course will give students an understanding of how to appropriately provide the best nutrition allowing owners to achieve the best health for their dogs.

On this course, you'll be able to: 

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the canine digestive system 
  • Knowledge of basic nutrients 
  • Identify the nutrients required for health and behaviour 
  • Types of diets available
  • Study at your own time and pace with no strict deadlines to contend with

The course will allow you to study when and where you want, at your own pace. All coursework can be submitted by either post or email making it easier and hassle-free.

All of the materials will be delivered to you either online or through the post, you decide! Our experienced and friendly tutors are always a click away by email, giving you advice and helping you through your course.

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Course Content

  • Unit 1: The canine digestive System
    • Describe the anatomy of the canine digestive system
    • Explain the structures associated with the canine digestive system
    • Evaluate the physiology of the canine digestive system
    • Describe common problems related to the canine digestive system
    Unit 2: Basic Nutrition
    • Describe what nutrients are required to formulate a correctly balanced diet
    • Evaluate the need for carbohydrate, fats and protein in a balanced diet
    • Describe the importance of minerals and vitamins in a balanced diet
    • Explain the significance of water in a balanced diet
    Unit 3: Types of feeds
    • Describe the legal requirements on dog food labels
    • Evaluate the nutrition supplied in different types of diet
    • Describe the difference between wet, dry and semi-moist food
    • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of feeding home-made and raw diets
  • Unit 4: How to select the correct diet for age and lifestyle
    • Describe the correct diet for growing puppies
    • Evaluate the nutritional requirements of healthy adult companion dogs
    • Describe the importance of correct nutrition for working dogs Explain the nutritional needs of geriatric dogs
    Unit 5: Feeding for health and behaviour
    • Describe the development of behaviour problems caused by poor nutrition
    • Evaluate the health issues caused by a decreased intake of nutrients
    • Describe the health issues caused by an excessive intake of nutrients
    • Explain the common medical diseases seen as a result of poor nutrition
    Unit 6: Diet and its effect on health
    • Describe the nutritional changes required for obese dogs
    • Evaluate the nutritional changes required for dogs with hepatic disease
    • Describe the importance of supplements for skin disorders
    • Explain how nutrition can be used to support dogs with renal disease

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

    Course Duration

    You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

  • Study Method

    This course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students receive a course manual, assignments and a study guide in addition to tutor support by email. 

    Course Outcomes

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your Canine Health Nutrition Level 3 certificate.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    "The amount of information is incredible!"

    - Emily Scott, Waterlooville

    The amount of information is incredible! I haven't finished the first unit yet but I'm over the moon with how much I have learnt already! I work at a pet store and we're big on nutrition, so this course is just perfect! I haven't contacted my tutor yet but I'm sure when I do I'll be happy with the results from her too!

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