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Animal welfare investigator

​To be an animal welfare investigator, you need to be working within the Law so as to provide the best service to animals in need.

The work can be distressing, frustrating and hazardous so you need to have underpinning knowledge and understanding of a number of areas.

You should have an understanding of laws pertaining to animal welfare, animal behaviour and health and theoretical experience of recognising when welfare is compromised.

You will have access to case studies to investigate the above areas, scholarly articles plus a unit that gives you the knowledge and understanding of animal first aid to help injured animals.


This course set at the equivalent of level 3 study, covers all of these criteria in 6 units* as well as stressing the importance of being able to work with others for the welfare of animals.

This course has taken over from the animal cruelty investigator course.

Course fee: £395.00

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Course content

from Animal Biology and Care Education

Unit 1 Animal Welfare Laws, Organisations & Animal Cruelty (UK)

​Outline and identify current legislations, regulations codes of practice, and additional requirements relating to animal welfare in the UK and evaluate their effectiveness

Unit 2 Anatomy & Physiology for Welfare

​Describe and identify the function of body systems in a range of animal species and relate this to animal welfare

Course fee: £395.00

Start this course for £39.50

Instalments: these are made by standing order and can be tailored to individual requirements starting at around £39.50 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. You can try unit 1 before committing to the whole course.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

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Unit 3 Animal Behaviour and Health

​Describe, identify and explain animal behaviours and their relationship to signs of health and ill-health: Normal vs unwanted behaviour; behaviour change as sign of ill-health

Unit 4 Introductory First Aid Treatment for Animals

​Identify, assess and demonstrate management of first aid treatment for adverse health conditions: immediate first aid treatments; personal health and safety;  permitted actions; Handling techniques; first aid kit: vital signs; injuries & wounds; hygiene; bandaging techniques; fractures. Recorded practical work is required for this unit (photographic, video etc.)

Unit 5 Working as an animal welfare investigator (Recognising Abuse)

Signs of abuse and mistreatment, behaviour, human factors, recognising signs, recording, examples, preliminary case studies

Unit 6 Working as an animal welfare investigator (Case Studies)

​Describe, identify and assess factors associated with the abuse and mistreatment of animals; assess  animal welfare through examination of case studies. This unit involves self-directed learning to complete the assignment successfully.

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