Certificate - Natural Health Care for Pets

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Penn Foster Career School's Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate program is aimed at individuals who aspire to employ holistic practices in the care of their pets. Read on for more information about this program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster Career School's Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate program was developed by animal health professionals. The goal of the program is to guide you through the process of holistically feeding and caring for your companion dogs and cats on a daily basis. You'll have opportunities to examine the benefits of therapeutic animal massage. You'll also have the chance to learn about implementing natural health modalities such as aromatherapy and Chinese medicine, and the assessment and maintenance of your pet's health. This distance learning program is self-paced and may be completed in as little as one month.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Ideal students of this program are individuals who want to better understand how to select the most suitable pets for your household as well as how to properly care for your animals. Applicants to Penn Foster Career School's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will study five courses in this Penn Foster Career School program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows Vista® or later, a Pentium® II or better processor (Pentium® III preferred), Microsoft® Office 2010, high-speed Internet, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

Course Code Course Name
HCC 010 Overview of Holistic Animal Care
HCC 020 Herbs for Companion Animals
HCC 015 Bodywork for Companion Animals
HCC 025 Aromatherapy and Flower Essences for Companion Animals
HCC 030 Traditional Chinese Medicine for Companion Animals

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate program, you might be able to seek work in veterinary clinics, pet stores, animal control facilities, or animal hospitals. In some cases, additional education might be necessary for employment.

You could consider pursuing entry-level positions, such as:

  • Non-licensed veterinary assistant
  • Pet store animal care provider

Advanced Degrees

For those graduates who are dedicated and want to pursue professional careers in animal care, there are two-year degree programs. An advanced degree could allow you to develop knowledge and skills in animal physiology, veterinary pharmacology, and clinical practices.

You might explore degree options such as the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Animal Technology
  • Associate of Science in Animal Science