Advanced Canine Health and Care of Man's Best Friend
(Canine Health 201)

As a pet care professional, you cannot know too much about health issues that affect the dogs you see in your business. Dogs are taken to the veterinarian infrequently, perhaps once a year for vaccinations, sometimes not even that frequently. Owners are usually unaware of their pets’ health and well-being, as they have so much else occupying their consciousnesses, and they see their pets every day, making any gradually developing health issues invisible to them.

 

The pet care professional, whether he or she is a groomer, bather, daycare provider, trainer or boarder, sees the dog far more frequently than the veterinarian, and less frequently than the owner. Changes in health should be more obvious to pet care professionals and we should be trained to recognize early signs of many disorders to keep pets healthy and get the owner to take the dog to the vet when necessary. 

 

You may not be a vet, but you are the dog’s advocate, and it is your job to let an owner know when you suspect something is wrong that necessitates a visit to the vet. You are the first line of defense for each and every pet that you handle, so being knowledgeable about the illnesses and injuries that afflict these pets is a huge part of your job.

 

The Man’s Best Friend Series is a prerequisite for this course. After completing this course and the 6 courses in the Man’s Best Friend Series you receive your Specialist in Canine Health and Care.

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You will study and learn all about:

  • Understanding of common genetic diseases among dogs.

  • Understanding of common communicable diseases among dogs.

  • Understanding of parasitic and protozoal diseases among dogs.

  • Understanding common cancers in dogs.

  • Learning what the most common injuries and accidents to dogs are, and how to deal with them.

  • Learning about nutrition, so that a dog’s health may be enhanced.

  • Learning about the common afflictions of the dog’s skin and eyes.

  • Learning about common household items that are toxic to the dog.

Tuition fees effective 4/1/22.

OPTION 1 Read and Test Out 

Self Study - Express - Credit for Previous Experience

  • Read study material. 

  • Take the tests.  

  • Complete at your own pace.

You read the study material and take the tests at your own pace with the express option. Express works great if you are on a time frame to complete the courses.

Perfect if you have previous experience working with dogs and cats and want to review the study material and then take the tests. 

$240 Tuition Fee for Online Course

Tuition Fees for Option 1

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $240.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $340.00​ *Tool kit not included

OPTION 2 Course Leader and Classroom Discussion

  • Read study material.

  • Discuss with Leader and classmates.

  • Take the tests.

  • The course takes one month to complete.

Option 2 is excellent if you prefer to have a class leader drive the discussion and participate with your classmates before taking the tests. A perfect choice for beginners to have the opportunity to participate in the discussion before testing. The course is open for one month with weekly discussions to prepare you for the multiple-choice tests required each week at the end of a unit.

$360 Tuition Fee for Online Course

Tuition Fees for Option 2

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $360.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $460.00​ *Tool kit not included

OPTION 3 Course Instructor with Classroom Discussion and Assignments

  • Read study material.

  • Discuss with Instructor and classmates.

  • Complete search and fetch assignments.

  • Take the tests.

  • The course takes one month to complete.

Option 3 is great if you prefer a structured classroom, this is the option for you and recommended for the beginner. You will participate in discussions assignments and take quizzes to keep you on track to prepare for the multiple-choice tests at the end of each unit and required weekly. 

$480 Tuition Fee for Online Course

Tuition Fees for Option 3

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $480.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $580.00​ *Tool kit not included

OPTION 4 Onsite Course with Instructor in a Classroom.

The onsite course takes 6 hours to complete and does not include study and testing time. The onsite course is offered at the school and Nash Pet Care Education Summits. 

 

This is an excellent method to discuss the class material with your onsite instructor and classmates. After the onsite, you continue your study online and take the required tests to receive your level and certification title. 

 

  • Study the material with your classmates and onsite instructor in a classroom with visual presentations.

  • Review study material online.

  • Take the test to receive your class grade and certification title and ranking.

$289 (6 Hours) Tuition Fee for Onsite Course

Tuition Fees for Option 4

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $289.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $389.00​ *Tool kit not included

CERTIFICATION

Specialists in Canine Health & Well Being of Man's Best Friend

Courses Required for this certification:

  • Understanding Man’s Best Friend

  • Form and Function of Man’s Best Friend

  • Taking Care of Man’s Best Friend

  • First Aid and CPR for Man’s Best Friend

  • Who’s Who in Man’s Best Friend

  • Variations and Creations of Man’s Best Friend

  • Advanced Canine Health