The purpose of this course is to provide learners with knowledge and skills that are essential for animal care. It will cover husbandry tasks, handling and health checks on the animals.
Offering a mix of practical and theory, the course is ideal for anyone looking to enter the animal care industry or to improve skills and knowledge relating to their pets at home. It focuses in particular on reptiles, including snakes, lizards and tortoises.
You need basic literacy and numeracy skills, plus some knowledge of animal care.
You will cover:
You will be assessed through one-to-one practical assessment, with oral questioning.
You will be required to supply your own stationery.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business.
Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that.
Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."