Advanced Certificate in Cat Health and Welfare


The advanced certificate allows the student to study their subject of choice in more detail. It incorporates all the detail of the foundation certificate but geared to the student's specialist area of interest.

We would expect the course to take 18-24 months to complete due to the amount of information covered.

There are three different areas which can be studied in this Advanced Certificate – Boarding, Rescue and Breeding, to suit the interests or work requirements of students.

Advanced Certificate in Cat Health and Welfare (Boarding)

This qualification is designed for those working in, or owners of, boarding catteries and includes the following units:

  • Understanding feline behaviour – what makes a cat a cat and how do we use this knowledge to enrich their boarding environment and make their stay more stimulating.

  • Common infectious and non-infectious diseases of cats – what you need to know about what can go wrong with your boarder’s health.

  • Preventative healthcare: vaccination, parasite control and nutritional requirement of cats.

  • Feline reproduction: basic reproduction and kitten care.

  • Assessing, monitoring and maintaining good health in a boarding cattery.

  • Hygiene and disease control in a boarding cattery: how to keep a boarding cattery disease free.

  • Cattery management and administration: how to maintain smooth running of a boarding cattery.

  • The cattery/client relationship: communication, difficult situations and emergencies plus special boarders: looking after cats with specific health needs (e.g. older cats, diabetic cats)

This qualification provides a thorough knowledge of cat health, behaviour and welfare and will improve the care of cats in a boarding cattery.

Advanced Certificate in Cat Health and Welfare (Rescue)

This qualification is designed for those working in a rescue cattery or those associated with rescue/unowned cats in other ways (trap/neuter for example) and includes the following units:

  • Understanding feline behaviour: what makes a cat a cat and how can we use this knowledge to enrich the environment of a cat in a rescue facility?

  • Common infectious and non-infectious diseases of cats – what you need to know about what can go wrong with a cat’s health.

  • Preventative healthcare: vaccination, parasite control and nutritional requirement of cats.

  • Feline reproduction: basic reproduction, physical and behavioural development of kittens, including hand-rearing: all you need to know about caring for kittens prior to homing.

  • Safety, hygiene and disease control in a rescue cattery situation: how to prevent the spread of disease between unowned cats.

  • Assessment and maintaining the health and welfare of rescued cats: how to manage unowned cats to ensure their health and wellbeing and rehome responsibly.

  • Feral cats and hoarding: trap/neuter/return techniques, and how to try to understand and help animal hoarders.

Anyone working around unowned cats would obtain a comprehensive knowledge of their management from this course.

Advanced Certificate in Cat Health and Welfare (Breeding)

The vast majority of cat breeders do their very best to breed responsibly, but an increased knowledge of the reproductive physiology of cats, management of a breeding facility and kitten behaviour and welfare can only improve the health of cats and kittens in their care. This qualification includes the following:

  • Understanding feline behaviour: what makes a cat a cat?

  • Feline reproduction: basic reproduction, physical and behavioural development of kittens, including hand-rearing: all you need to know about caring for kittens.

  • Common infectious and non-infectious diseases of cats including: preventing inherited diseases; how to stop diseases passing to the next generation.

  • Preventative healthcare and nutrition: preventing disease and specific nutritional requirements of cats.

  • Housing and care of breeding cats: keeping studs and queens healthy and happy, and safety, hygiene and disease control in a breeding situation (at home or in a cattery).

  • Feline contraception, conception and infertility: when things don’t go right what problems could there be?

  • Responsible rehoming: how to give your kittens the best start in their new homes.

This course will give breeders a comprehensive and broad approach to breeding healthy cats which will make great pets.