Companion Animals - Licensing

Covers: Pet Vending / Dangerous Wild Animals / Animal Boarding Establishments / Breeding Establishments / Riding Establishments / Performing Animals / Zoo Licensing


Practitioners need to demonstrate expertise and awareness of the legislative licensing requirements for companion animals, including sale, boarding and breeding. They will have an appreciation of best practice in the care and welfare of animals and shall be able to efficiently undertake regulatory duties to ensure legislative compliance. They will have an awareness of exotic pets and be able to investigate whether they come within the category of dangerous wild animals, drawing on expert advice as necessary. They need to undertake regulatory duties with regard to animals in circuses, other performing animals and zoos, and retain an up to date awareness of international issues that may have an impact on the pet and performing animal trade.

Core Learning Resources

resource iconAnimal Welfare Legislation: Protecting Pets 

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

guide iconModel Licence Conditions and Guidance: Dog Boarding Establishments

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), 2016

guide iconModel Licence Conditions and Guidance: Cat Boarding Establishments

CIEH, 2013

guide iconModel Standards for Pet Shop Licence Conditions

Local Government Association, 1998

 Zoo Licensing Act 1981: Guide to The Act's Provisions

DEFRA, 2012

 Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses


guide iconManaging Health and Safety in Zoos

Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 2006

info iconPreventing Ill Health from Animal Contact at Visitor Attractions

HSE, 2011

e-learning iconPerforming Animals

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

guide iconGuidelines for the Investigation of Zoonotic Disease

Health Protection Agency (HPA), 2009

guide iconManaging E coli 0157 Risk at Open Farms

HPA, 2010

e-learning iconHorses - Wales

Welsh Government

Training Courses

training iconBespoke Training

Institute of Licensing 

Further Reading

e-learning iconTaking Your Pet Abroad 


Advice to the public.

e-learning iconEndangered Species

World Wildlife Fund

Other Information

resource iconBritish and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums

resource iconEuropean Association of Zoos and Aquaria

resource iconWorld Association of Zoos and Aquariums

resource iconBorn Free Foundation

Information on zoos, circuses and performing animals