Holistic Pet Care Certificate | Penn Foster Career School

Holistic Pet Care Certificate

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Online Program Overview

Develop your skills with the Penn Foster Career School Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate Program. In this online holistic pet care certificate program, you can improve your natural health-care knowledge for a job at pet stores, training facilities or kennels, or to care for your own pets. This natural health course is also a great option for vet tech students who hope to pursue careers as part of a veterinary team. With Penn Foster Career School, you train at home on your own time, and at a pace that’s right for you. And you can complete this program in just two months!

Courses in this holistic health care program are designed to help you learn about holistic pet care and caring for animals through the use of natural remedies and rehabilitation therapies. You’ll study topics like choosing a healthy pet, day-to-day animal care, animal massage, animal psychology, using herbal preparations, administering aromatherapy products, Chinese medicine for pets, and more.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Natural Health Care for Pets certificate program teaches students how to care for their pets using natural remedies and therapies.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to choose a healthy and suitable pet and identify natural health modalities appropriate for animal care
  • Understand how herbs can be used to help build and maintain good health for a dog or cat
  • Know the touch techniques used on pets using massage to promote good health and well-being for pets
  • Identify the appropriate aromatherapy products used to address a specific behavior or circumstance in pets and describe how to use them
  • Identify and know how to use the tools of traditional Chinese medicine including foods, herbs, and nutritional supplements

Course 1

Overview of Holistic Animal Care


  • Understand the basic principles of natural health.
  • Choose a healthy and suitable pet.
  • Describe natural health modalities for animal care.
  • Consider emotional and spiritual aspects of companion animals.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care

Course 2

Herbs for Companion Animals


  • Define basic herbal terminology.
  • Make and use herbal preparations to treat common ailments and enhance animal health.
  • Describe holistic diets for pets.
Additional Course Materials


  • Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Dog Care
  • Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Cat Care

Course 3

Bodywork for Companion Animals


  • Use massage and other forms of bodywork to improve the health of dogs and cats.
  • Use touch to improve communication.
  • Incorporate animal psychology into your practice.
Additional Course Materials


  • The Healing Touch for Dogs
  • The Healing Touch for Cats
  • The Tellington TTouch

Course 4

Aromatherapy and Flower Essences for Companion Animals


  • Use aromatherapy to help companion animals achieve better health.
  • Select appropriate aromatherapy product and administration method.
  • Understand the impact of specific chemical groups on different animals.
Additional Course Materials


  • Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals
  • Bach Flower Remedies for Animals

Course 5

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Companion Animals


  • Describe the basic principles of traditional Chinese medicine in the care of pets.
  • Use the theory, assessment techniques, and holistic remedies of traditional Chinese medicine.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: Four Paws, Five Directions

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Natural Health Care for Pets sample lesson, click here.

Natural Health Care for Pets Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Natural Health Care for Pets training program, you will cover the following topics:

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Natural Holistic Pet Care Courses

The Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate provides an overview of holistic methods for improving animal health. Here are a few qualities that effective animal caretakers have in common:

  • Compassionate: You care about the health and well-being of other people and animals.
  • Patient: Pets take a lot of time and care.
  • Social: Spending time with others is fun and rewarding.

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- Donna L., Penn Foster Graduate

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- Karen M., Penn Foster Graduate

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- Francisco C., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What are some examples of lessons in the Penn Foster Career School Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate Program?

This program will teach students the following aspects of Natural Health Care for Pets (For a more detailed description, please see Curriculum Details.): Overview of Holistic Animal Care, Herbs for Companion Animals, Bodywork for Companion Animals, Aromatherapy and Flower Essences for Companion Animals, Traditional Chinese Medicine for Companion Animals.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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