Animal welfare course setting the standard
Rescue shelters do a phenomenal job, we all know that, without them many pets would frankly not stand a chance. They have always been stretched, but they have always found a way with the help of charity and donations.
The University of Bristol is set to launch a brand new accredited course, which is set to help shelters go that extra mile. It will give successful students a recognised certificate of higher education in companion animal welfare and behavioural rehabilitation. It is said to be good to go from this September and is the UK's first accredited course in this area of study.
The syllabus has been devised in very close conjunction with the Dogs Trust and whom better is there to ask than the UK's largest dog welfare charity?
It is thought the course will attract many a diverse range of individuals, from those who just want some formal education in this area to those who are directly involved with the care and rehabilitation of often injured, fractious, difficult to rehome unwanted pets. So committed is the Dogs Trust to this course that they will be funding part of the development of this course. They explain that it will give students an evidence based approach to their learning.
There is so much more to successful rehoming than the act of finding the animal a new home, it's about the endless hours of rehabilitation that is required to ensure the dog or cat is sent away with the very best possible chance of success. There are things that are proven to work, there are things that don't and there are inevitably massive individual differences between each and every animal.
It is speculated (and hoped) that this course will soon become an industry standard requirement across the whole animal welfare board!
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