Students attending a new course being run at Bristol University may learn about pet medication and which kinds of pet food are suitable for certain animals.
Working in partnership with Dogs Trust, the university is set to launch the UK's first accredited course specialising in animal welfare and rehabilitation.
Students studying the course will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education in Companion Animal Welfare and Behavioural Rehabilitation.
Dr Emily Blackwell, lecturer in canine behaviour and welfare and programme director at the University of Bristol, said: "We're really excited about this new course. It will provide an opportunity for staff to develop the skills required for each stage of the rehoming process.
"We hope that this course will become the 'industry standard' across the animal welfare sector."
The course will be a two-year-part time vocational programme designed specifically for those responsible for the welfare and rehabilitation of animals in rehoming centres.