National College celebrates 100th Inspector, Pet Trade News & Events from Pet Business World UK


The National Pet College has certified its 100th inspector qualified as Level 3 in the inspection of licensed activities involving city animals and guilds.

In response to the Animal Welfare (Licensing for Activities involving Animals) Regulations 2018 (England) requiring that Animal Licensing Inspectors be properly qualified, the college developed the Level 3 qualification regulated by Ofqual in working with the City of London Corporation and City & Guilds Animal Health Core Team to ensure consistent inspection standards and high levels of animal welfare.

Ann-Marie Milton of the Sevenoaks District Council has become the 100th Qualified Inspector. She said: “The course was clear and well delivered, which allowed me to improve my knowledge and increase my confidence in enforcing the law. The comments I have received throughout the course and the evaluations have been both helpful and encouraging. I will now be able to advise the public and help other authorities move forward. “

LICENSED ACTIVITIES

The qualification – which is reserved for inspectors in England – refers to the full range of permitted activities, including dog sitting, boarding, kennels, catteries, dog breeding and retail pets and ensures that inspectors are adequately prepared and competent to make accurate, legal and welfare-based decisions when performing inspections on animal establishments and activities.

Vicky Skinner, Education Manager at National Pet College, commented, “We are delighted to ensure consistency in the inspection process and we now have 100 qualified inspectors who are ready to provide exceptional levels of service to the pet industry, raising animal welfare standards.

“This is a testament to learners that due to the COVID-19 pandemic they have been able to adapt from face-to-face sessions at Heathrow to a combination of e-learning and hands-on teaching while maintaining standards high. We currently have over 200 other inspectors undergoing training, who we hope will be fully qualified by early 2022. ”


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