Penn Foster Career School

Certificate in Natural Health Care for Pets

Those seeking a career that could combine their interest in alternative medicine and health care practices and their love of animals could benefit from the curriculum offered in Penn Foster Career School's Certificate in Natural Health Care for Pets Program. Read more about this certificate program here.

Official Program Name:

Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

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Program Description:

The curriculum of Penn Foster Career School's Certificate in Natural Health Care for Pets Program offers students the opportunity to study non-traditional approaches to the care and well-being of pets through alternative food, medicine, and therapies. The program is designed to include an overview of holistic animal care, addressing natural health principles and modalities. Other course topics include holistic diet plans, herbal treatments and terminology, animal psychology concepts, animal massage, aromatherapy practices, and traditional Chinese medicine techniques and remedies. Courses in this program are taken online.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

For this program, Penn Foster supplies books and learning aids. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for a Certificate in Natural Health Care for Pets:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • HCC 010: Overview of Holistic Animal Care
  • HCC 020: Herbs for Companion Animals
  • HCC 015: Bodywork for Companion Animals
  • HCC 025: Aromatherapy and Flower Essences for Companion Animals
  • HCC 030: Traditional Chinese Medicine for Companion Animals

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this certificate program could choose to continue their studies in a two-year degree program. Those interested in seeking certification to pursue veterinary technician roles, for instance, might need to obtain an associate degree.

Associate degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

Career Paths:

Once they have earned the Certificate in Natural Health Care for Pets, graduates could seek employment opportunities in veterinary offices or animal hospitals. They could also consider jobs in pet stores that offer natural or holistic foods and supplements.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Pet nutrition specialist
  • Animal care assistant

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