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Ofqual grants iPET Network expansion of scope to offer courses in entire animal care sector

Awarding Organisation iPET Network has been granted an expansion of scope by Ofqual to offer qualifications across the entire Animal Care and Veterinary Sector.

The successful Award Winning Awarding Organisation currently creates high quality qualifications in the canine and feline sector only, with qualifications on offer including dog and cat grooming, canine first aid and canine nutrition.

But this week, in recognition of the continued demonstration of iPET Network’s quality assurance and commitment to the animal sector, Ofqual granted permission for an expansion of scope.

This means that iPET Network will now expand its reach into the entire Animal Care and Veterinary Sectors, and create Ofqual regulated qualifications across the entire animal care world, including equine, small animal and veterinary science qualifications from Level 2 to Level 6.

In addition, iPET Network has the ability to create qualifications in other SSA’s, teaching and lecturing and business management relating to the subject area of animal care and veterinary science.

This expansion of scope will allow existing Training Providers to offer new qualifications and attract new Training Providers that specialise in broader animal qualifications.

iPET Networks goal is to be the Awarding Organisation of choice for Training Providers, employers and learners in this sector.

Fern Gresty, co-director of the iPET Network, said: “We are so thrilled to have been granted this expansion of scope by Ofqual, and we can’t wait to get started on creating our new portfolio of qualifications.

“We are currently on the hunt for experts in their field who would like to work with the iPET Network on this important task, which will help our animal industries achieve the high standards and recognition we believe that they deserve.”

Co-director Sarah Mackay added: “By offering pet professionals qualifications in their specialisms, we are bringing regulation and career progression to our industries, and a gold standard for consumers who can have greater trust in the professionals that they are trusting their pets with.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Ofqual for allowing us to continue on this important journey, which we believe will enhance and improve professional pet care in the UK.”

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