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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 4.50

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 50.00*

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Course Summary

This one-day course is aimed at giving you a basic understanding relating to zoological animal health and husbandry. You will gain theoretical knowledge on zoo animal health, nutrition, behaviour and enrichment, while applying this practically to some exotic zoo species we house here at Derby College.

You will receive a folder of information to help you in future studies.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone aged eight years and over. You should have a general interest in zoological animal health and husbandry. You should also have a keen willingness to participate in both the practical and theory aspects of the course.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Zoo animal health
  • Zoo animal behaviour
  • Zoo welfare and care
  • Zoo animal nutrition
  • Zoo enrichment and enclosure design

How will I be assessed?

There will be no formal assessment, but there is the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and formative feedback on performance will be given throughout the day.

You will receive a College Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of the course.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Closed-toe flat safety shoes/boots/wellingtons (which can be borrowed)
  • Lunch/refreshments
  • Writing materials
  • Suitable clothing – all clothing you choose to wear on the day will need to be suitable for a practical session e.g. it should be free from drawstrings. Jeans/trousers should be worn.

Long hair should be tied up and no jewellery or nail varnish should be worn on the day.

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care as well as a wide variety of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

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* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Carla Davies

Carla Davies

A dream job in dog grooming

Carla Davies came to Derby College to re-train as a dog groomer and is now fulfilling her dream of working with animals after securing a part-time job at Kennel Gate in Nottingham.

As part of her course, she was matched to the job opportunity through the College’s pioneering recruitment service established with the REED NCFE Partnership. They alerted Carla – who had been an office worker since leaving school – to the job opportunity and helped her with her CV and interview techniques.

When I heard about the job opportunities and support available through the REED NCFE team, I decided to go for it and was over the moon when I was offered the job. It is a dream come true and I have also returned to Derby College for an evening course to gain more qualifications in dog grooming.
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