Bring your children to get hands on with our resident hedgehogs. In this mini practical experience, children aged six and over will learn the importance of hedgehogs. We will look at hedgehog homes, footprints, feeding and how to make a garden more hedgehog-friendly.
There will be a two-hour classroom session on hedgehog habitat, conservation and ecology before you accompany our Level 2 students to release the hedgehogs which they have been looking after over the winter months.
You just need to have an interest in hedgehogs.
This experience consists of an informative theory session followed by an actual hedgehog release.
There is no formal assessment.
You will be given a Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of the course.
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
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.
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."