The Disease Control for Pet Professionals certificate has been developed by industry specialists, and will help business owners meet suitable hygiene and social distancing protocols.
The course will cover the following areas: viruses and prevention care; risk assessments; health and safety at work; the Animal Welfare Act and environmental protection considerations; transporting animals and handover protocols.
It will also provide professional practice guidance for pet retailers, dog walkers, dog day care, kennels, home boarders and catteries.
The course is free to all PIF members and is £20 to non-members. Upon its completion, candidates will be awarded a downloadable certificate to show customers they have completed the course.
Vicky Skinner, PIF’s head of education, said: “This new course will help pet businesses keep themselves, their staff and their customers safe by providing knowledge and information about the virus, how it’s spread and what measures can be implemented in the workplace to lower the risk of transmission.
“It’s ideal for any pet professional who is looking for advice and guidance on how to provide a safe environment and a reassuring service to their customers.”