Correct feeding and nutrition is paramount to animal health and husbandry.
This qualification provides you with the opportunity to learn about current and modern techniques in the practical feeding and nutritional requirements of animals. It allows you to specialise in a particular animal group in line with your area of work or interest – in this case, it is small exotics.
You will gain the skills and knowledge that are important for working with animals, with particular emphasis on feeding and nutrition.
There are lots of career opportunities in animal care environments such as a kennel or cattery or in a retail environment such as a pet shop or store. You could also progress to further learning and training in this field.
You will need to be 16 years or older and have a keen interest in small exotics and animal nutrition.
Mandatory content covers:
There is one-to-one practical assessment with oral questioning.
You will need to supply your own steel toe-cap boots.
You may go on to become an Animal Care Assistant or Pet Retail Assistant.
For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.
She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."