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Pet Bereavement Support course for professionals

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Enhance the support you give to bereaved pet owners by gaining an accredited certificate in pet bereavement support awarded by NCFE.

This e-learning course will give you the skills you need and counts towards 32 hours continued professional development (CPD). The length of the course is eight weeks. You will work though one module per week which is roughly three – four hours per week. The course will close after eight weeks.

This course has been designed for anyone wishing to gain more knowledge and experience in supporting bereaved pet owners. It is particularly helpful for anyone wishing to become a support volunteer for Blue Cross, vet nurses and counsellors. Please be aware that this is not a counselling qualification.

The course will cover these topics in depth giving you the skills to support owners and yourself:

  • Pet loss experience
  • Self care 
  • Emotional support skills
  • Stages of grief 
  • Pet euthanasia 
  • Remembrance and rituals 
  • Grief in surviving pets
  • The loss of assistance animals 

When is the course?

Future course starts dates are as follows

  • 21 January 2018
  • 6 May 2018
  • 21 October 2018

The cost of the eight week distance learning course is £250. 

Book online

Course booking and secure payments are taken via Eventbrite. If you cannot complete the course within the timescale, you can defer to another course once free of charge. If you are still unable to complete the course after deferring you will be required to pay the full price of the course again to continue.

If you have any questions, please contact our Pet Bereavement Support training team by calling 01993 867216 or email [email protected]

Equality and diversity

We ensure good practice in the area of equal opportunity and equality of opportunity. Further information about our equal opportunities policy can be found in the training manual or upon request.

Quality assurance

This qualification is subject to our quality assurance and validation process to ensure that new and revised qualifications are fit for purpose. Qualifications are reviewed to ensure the alignment of the qualification with agreed design principles, regulatory requirements and to ensure accuracy and consistency across units and qualifications. Through our quality assurance and validation process, we ensure the qualification, its units and assessments, are fit for purpose and can be delivered efficiently.

Prior learning 

There are no pre-requisites that a learner must achieve prior to taking this course. IT application skills qualification, all knowledge, skills and understanding about the subject will be covered within the training.



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"The quizzes at the end of each module of the Pet Bereavement Support course really helped to capture everything I had learned"

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"As front of house, it is good to know how to deal with difficult situations, so Pet Bereavement Support course help me know how to act appropriately"

"I very much wanted to improve services and understanding from client’s perspective, the Pet Bereavement Support course will enable me to do that"

— Page last updated 5/12/2017