Pet therapy is a popular and sought-after method for improving physical and psychological wellbeing. This animal therapy course is ideal for psychologists, counsellors, social workers or anyone wanting to work with animals for therapeutic purposes.
The Certificate of Pet Therapy is a professional development course that will teach you the benefits of animal therapy and how to work with animals to enhance psychological and emotional wellbeing in clients.
In this animal therapy course, you’ll learn how to work with animals appropriately in a therapeutic situation. You’ll learn how to work with people with a disability, children and older people and gain practical knowledge to establish your own pet therapy service.
On completion of this course, you will understand how animals and pets can be incorporated into therapy to improve physical and psychological health.
Unit - Pet Therapy
Unit 1 : Scope and nature of pet therapy
Animal and human relationships
Animal assisted therapy
Animal assisted activities
Animals used in pet therapy
Where can pet therapy be carried out
Who will benefit from pet therapy
Scientific research supporting pet therapy
Tension and stress
Depression and anxiety
Touch, affection and companionship
Immune system response and pain control
Structure and routine
Benefits to older adults
Pet therapy and children
Negative effects of pet therapy
Falls and tripping
Negative impact on pets
Human allergies and general health
Unit 2 : Mental health and physical assistance
Pet therapy research and mental health conditions
Agitation and cognitive impairments
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Transport and carriage
Unit 3 : Working with animals
Client possessive behaviour and bonding
Animal health and welfare
Species of animal
Medium animals (dogs and cats)
Suitability to the client
Preparing clients/animals for a session
Unit 4 : Applications for people with mental health conditions
Mental health conditions
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Autism spectrum disorder
Autism assistance dogs
The stress response
Other animal contributions to mental wellbeing
Unit 5 : Applications for people with disabilities
Pet therapy programmes for people with a disability
Service assistance animals
Seizure alert dogs
Diabetic alert dogs
Allergy detection dogs
Mobility assistance dogs
Physiotherapy assistance dog
Pet therapy dogs
Unit 6 : Applications for children
Pet therapy and children
Difficulties of pet therapy with children
The benefits of pet therapy for children
Children with mental health conditions
Pet therapy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
Pet therapy and autism spectrum disorder
Unit 7 : Applications for older people
Pet therapy for the elderly
Grief and loss
Grief and pet therapy
Physical activity and pet therapy
Stress, blood pressure and anxiety
Stress, blood pressure, anxiety, and pet therapy
Cardiovascular disease and pet therapy
When the owner cannot care for the animal
Unit 8 : Establishing a pet therapy service
Pet therapy as business
Planning pet therapy services
Which animal is suitable
Marketing your services
Data protection and privacy
Free or paid-for services
Buying an existing business
Animal welfare considerations
General guidelines for animal health and welfare
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.