This experience aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles of animal husbandry and care through working on the animal unit at the Broomfield Hall campus.
We currently have over 47 species of animals that require our care. As part of your role, you will assist with preparing the animals' food, cleaning, health checking, exercising, handling, providing enrichment, and much more.
You will get to work on all sections of the animal unit and gain valuable insights into what it is like to work as a zoo keeper.
Please ignore the date shown on the booking page as the experience is run at different times throughout the year. If you would like to put a note on your booking form with a desired date and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org, we will do our best to accommodate you.
You need basic literacy and numeracy skills plus some basic knowledge of animal care. You should be aged at least eight years.
The course will cover:
There is no assessment.
You will be required to supply your own boots or wellingtons, preferably steel toe-capped. Alternatively, you can borrow some from the animal unit.
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.
Animal management student Steph Lovely has returned to Derby College Broomfield Hall because of the unique combination of work-based learning and academic studies on the study programme.
Steph (25) is completing the first of two years on her Level Five course and is planning to stay on for a third year to work towards a Bachelors qualification.
Steph said she was initially concerned about funding but found she was eligible for student finance which enabled her to pursue her studies.
Previously she has taken two courses at Broomfield – a first diploma in horse care and a national diploma in horse management.
She worked with horses for a few years before deciding to switch direction while still working with animals.
Now she is aiming to go on to become a veterinary nurse or RSPCA foster carer.
Steph said: The course is really hands-on and that's what I wanted. It's going really well. I'm getting better grades than I expected, with merits and distinctions. It will be a stepping stone for the future."