Pet Care Management
With the falling standards of
pet shops in Singapore, the AVA has made it mandatory for pet shop
owners and staff to sit through 16 hours of lectures, 8 hours of practical workshops, and a
multiple-choice-question (MCQ) test at the end of the course. The pet care management course will be
conducted by Temasek Polytechnic (TP).
It will be split into 3 components - companion pets (dogs, cats
and small mammals), birds and fish. It will cover the regulations of the industry, how to handle and care for
animals, how to give health checks to animals and how to determine the sex of pets. It will also provide
hands-on training on how to handle the pets safely and responsibly.
The first workshop for the 120 pet retailers who deal with
companion pets will be held in March next year. Fish and bird retailers will be taught in later phases. The
cost of the course has not been finalized, but the AVA announced that a 90% subsidy would be available under
the Skills Programme for Upgrading (SPUR).
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