Start your Own Pet Sitting Business

Discover how to translate your love of animals into a fun and profitable career.
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NZD$285.14 RRP $528.94

Quick Facts

  • Delivery Method Online
  • Professional Certificate
  • 24hrs Suggested Study Time
  • 8 Weeks Access
  • Tutor Support
  • Mobile and Tablet Friendly
  • 1177 Students

What's it all about?

If you're an animal lover, find out how you can start your own pet sitting business to translate your passion into a profitable career!

In this course, you'll master the essentials of running a cat and dog sitting business. You'll begin with pet care, including nutrition, exercise, first aid, and identification of common diseases. You'll learn the basics of first aid and find out how to administer pills, liquid medications, and injections to an uncooperative cat or dog.

Next, you'll discover how to handle home visits and impress your potential clients. You'll also explore sticky situations that can arise, such as lost pets, pets that die unexpectedly, and pets that need immediate veterinary care.

In addition, you'll delve into finances and explore start-up costs, accounting, fee-setting, business plans, and low-cost marketing. You'll find out how to obtain required insurance, hire employees as your business expands, and entice financial institutions to loan you money.

To complete the picture, you'll identify many opportunities for expanding your pet sitting services. Is a dog-walking service right for you? Can you train puppies? Do you want to look after other animals, including horses?

By the end of this course, you'll have all the knowledge you need to become a professional pet sitter. In addition, you'll see how your pet sitting business can grow to continually challenge and satisfy you.

Courses are delivered to you through expertly executed lessons, online instruction and interaction with like-minded students. Our courses are designed to deliver all of the benefits of studying in a classroom whilst giving you the flexibility to study at a time and place to suit your needs. You can access your classroom 24/7 from any device with an internet connection.

New sessions of each course start monthly and last for six weeks. You’ll gain access to two lessons a week (for a total of 12 lessons) helping you pace your learning. There are no set times for you to study, you can log in and out at any time and complete the course at your own pace. Your expert tutor will guide and facilitate your course, answering any questions you have and providing guidance and feedback. You’ll complete comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments before submitting your final exam at the end of the course to achieve your certificate.

Session start dates are listed below. Has the start date already passed? Don’t worry, you can join a class up to 2 weeks after the start date!

Start Dates:

  • 16 August
  • 13 September
  • 18 October
  • 08 November

Who's the instructor?

Jeff Grognet

Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course almost 20 years ago. The overwhelming success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant ... Read more

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What's involved?

  • Lesson 1- Welcome to the World of Pet Sitting
  • Lesson 2- Caring for Dogs
  • Lesson 3- Caring for Cats
  • Lesson 4- Canine and Feline Behavior
  • Lesson 5- Pet First Aid and Emergencies
  • Lesson 6- The First Meeting, Finances, and Organizing Yourself
  • Lesson 7- Servicing Clients and Home Visits
  • Lesson 8- Sticky Situations and Medicating Pets
  • Lesson 9- How to Market Your Pet Sitting Business
  • Lesson 10- How to Set up a Business
  • Lesson 11- Accounting, Money Management, and the Business Plan
  • Lesson 12- Expanding the Business for Fun and Profit

What do others think?

‘This was my first time taking a course online. I truly recommend anyone who is interested in doing this please go for it.  This course was very helpful and gave me much motivation to move forward with my pet sitting business. The instructor, Jeff, was very helpful with any questions, comments and concerns that were presented.’

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The Learning Environment

From the moment that you enrol in Start your Own Pet Sitting Business you will become an integral part of our learning community. You will experience the perks of classroom studies such as chatting by the water cooler or sharing your opinion on a specific task, all in your own home.

Tutor support during your learning is flawless, friendly and encouraging. You will learn from your professional tutor who is not only knowledgeable and highly skilled but is a passionate industry expert. Our ethos is that if you succeed, we succeed. As with any studies, learning can be intense, yet you will soon realise that your hard work and commitment will be both personally and professionally rewarding.

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Why Choose Vibe Learning?

Learn Your Way

We understand that everyone works at their own pace and no two students are the same. That's why when you study with Vibe Learning we provide you with all the study guidelines, tools and support you need but leave you to set the pace. You are free to complete your assessments when and where you want.

We don't break the bank

With Vibe Learning we believe that education should be accessible to anyone who wants to learn. That's why we offer some of the most competitive prices in the industry. Investing in your future is a smart choice and doesn’t have to break the bank. Whether you choose our money saving upfront prices or flexible payment plans, studying is accessible to you.

You'll get the personal attention you deserve

We are real people, providing real support every step of the way. When you study with Vibe Learning, you'll benefit from learning from professional, knowledgeable and most of all passionate industry experts.

Reap the rewards sooner rather than later

We offer a range of options from short 6 week courses through to extensive 12 month courses. Whatever your personal or professional goals, studying online with Vibe Learning provides a rewarding life changing experience which is well within your reach.

Learn real life skills

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  • The course is industry Current
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