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Ofqual grants expansion of iPET network to offer courses across animal care sector – FE News

Contracting organization iPET Network has been granted an extension of scope by Ofqual to offer qualifications across the animal care and veterinary care sector.

The award winning organization is currently creating 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 iPET Network’s continued demonstration of quality assurance and commitment to the animal sector, Ofqual granted permission to extend the scope.

This means that the iPET Network will now extend its reach across the animal care and veterinary sectors and create Ofqual regulated qualifications across the whole world of animal care, including qualifications in equine science, small animal and veterinary science from level 2 to level 6.

In addition, the iPET network has the capacity to create qualifications in other SSAs, teaching and conferences and business management related to the field of animal care and veterinary science.

This expansion of scope will allow existing training providers to offer new qualifications and attract new training providers specializing in broader animal qualifications.

The goal of iPET Networks is to be the organization of choice for training providers, employers and learners in this sector.

Fern Gresty, Co-Director of the iPET Network, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this extension of scope by Ofqual, and we look forward to starting to build our new portfolio of qualifications.

“We are currently looking 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 they deserve.”

Co-Director Sarah Mackay added: “By providing pet professionals with qualifications in their specialties, we are bringing regulation and career progression to our industries, and a gold standard for consumers who may have a greater confidence in the professionals with whom they entrust their pets.

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

To find out more about the iPET Network, visit

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