Pygmy hedgehog care and welfare

The Pygmy hedgehog is another novelty animal brought into the UK and the USA, as part of the pet trade. Very often, they are given up to sanctuaries as their owners cannot care for them properly. This course is aimed at rescue workers and owners to provide the necessary learning and understanding to provide the best care and welfare possible.


Their origins lie in the African continent and the course will give you the information to apply features of their natural environment to their diet, accommodation and overall care.  The course is set at level 3.

Course fee:


Full fee £325.00


Instalments: these are made by standing order and start at around £30 p.c.m. and can be tailored to individual requirements. International transactions will incur additional fees. Click here for payment options with PayPal, card, bank transfer and instalments.

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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Course content

Unit 1  Origins, anatomy, physiology and welfare


Unit 1 will provide the learning to be able to describe the origins of the Pygmy Hedgehog, their anatomy and physiology and relate these factors to their care and welfare

Unit 2  Diet, feeding and care


After this unit, you should be able to identify the natural diet of the Pygmy Hedgehog and explain how this diet should influence their care in captivity

Unit 3 Behaviour, enrichment & accommodation


At the end of unit 3, you should be able to describe aspects of Pygmy Hedgehog behaviour, explain how behaviours can be used for their accommodation and, justify behavioural enrichment

Unit 4  Health and disease


You should be able to identify diseases common to the Pygmy Hedgehog, explain their causes and analyse their treatments after completing unit 4.