Our Courses: Canine Health & Disease

At a glance:

When?: Course seminar on 9th and 10th June, 2018. Four months to complete optional assessment work from there – ends 31st October 2018

Where?: at the AniEd centre, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 (M50, J5)

How much?: Course fees: €120 includes weekend seminar, comprehensive course materials and supplementary resources
Assessment fee: €20 payable at submission

Who should do it?: anyone working with dogs, for example, trainers, kennel and petshop staff, groomers, rescue staff and volunteers, and pet owners with a keen interest in canine health

Booking: register here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
We will ask you how you would like to pay, and raise an invoice for you by which you can pay.
Upon receipt of payment we will send you your Learner Handbook and ask that you sign and return the declaration at the back.
A couple of days before your course starts, we will send you details, directions and so on, for your seminar and then you’ll be good to go!

Why do this course?

This course will provide you with an excellent overview and understanding of canine health, from a biological point of view. You will not find this tricky, even if you have never done science before, or even if you find science too difficult.

This approach, allows you to understand how diseases and disorders affect dogs, and, how treatment is devised and implemented.

This can be applied to building knowledge in terms of first aid, preventative care and humane husbandry care for dogs.

What will you learn?

This course comprises three parts:

Part 1: Canine Physiology & Disease
Part 2: Monitoring & Maintaining Canine Health
Part 3: Responsible Dog Ownership

Each course part covers a wide range of topics.

Part 1 Canine Physiology & Disease:

  • cell anatomy & physiology -> zooming in, we start by looking at health and disorder at microscopic level to provide you with an understanding of the workings and treatment of serious disorder such as deydration and shock, tumours and cancer.
  • skeletal & muscular systems -> a common source of concerns such as lameness, bone, joint & muscle disorders, cancer, the effects of skull shape on health, and vertebral health & disease
  • blood vascular system -> covering blood and related disease, heart functioning and disorder, the lymph system and cancer, plus first aid and the control of bleeding
  • immune system -> the effects, disease and treatment relating to pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, and vaccination
  • respiratory system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • digestive system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • urinary system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • reproductive system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • integumentary system -> the skin and related systems are exposed to the external and internal environment so may be associated with a wide range of disorder and disease
  • endocrine system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • neurological system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • sensory organs -> anatomy, physiology and disease affecting the eyes, ears, and nose

Part 2 Monitoring & Maintaining Canine Health

  • how to assess and evaluate canine health
  • care required when in contact with animals, particularly in relation to zoonotic conditions
  • providing healthy nutrition
  • providing healthy environmental condtions
  • carrying out health care procedures
  • preventative health care & parasites
  • cooperative husbandry care for dogs

Part 3 Responsible Dog Ownership

  • canine related legislation in Ireland
  • responsible ownership guidelines & choosing a dog responsibly
  • canine reproductive control & the effects of neutering


All assessment work is optional, unless you are completing a Specialisation.
But don’t worry, there are no tests or exams! All assessment will be conducted over a number of months, and as part of your course materials, you are provided with a study planner to help you organise your studies.
Even if you don’t plan to submit, you are encouraged to complete assessment work.

For this course, there are four separate assessment pieces:

  1. using course material, develop a healthcare checklist of signs for urgent, less urgent and non-urgent care
  2. carry out practical work with your dog (or any suitable dog to which you have access) demonstrating non-invasive health evaluation procedures
  3. design a suitable environmental enrichment program for a specific dog you know
  4. design a responsible ownership handout for pet owners

You have four months of complete this assessment work.

Register here.