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.
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.