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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 4.50

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Tuition (£): 50.00*

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Course Summary

This one-day course is aimed at giving you a basic understanding relating to zoological animal health and husbandry. You will gain theoretical knowledge on zoo animal health, nutrition, behaviour and enrichment, while applying this practically to some exotic zoo species we house here at Derby College.

You will receive a folder of information to help you in future studies.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone aged eight years and over. You should have a general interest in zoological animal health and husbandry. You should also have a keen willingness to participate in both the practical and theory aspects of the course.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Zoo animal health
  • Zoo animal behaviour
  • Zoo welfare and care
  • Zoo animal nutrition
  • Zoo enrichment and enclosure design

How will I be assessed?

There will be no formal assessment, but there is the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and formative feedback on performance will be given throughout the day.

You will receive a College Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of the course.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Closed-toe flat safety shoes/boots/wellingtons (which can be borrowed)
  • Lunch/refreshments
  • Writing materials
  • Suitable clothing – all clothing you choose to wear on the day will need to be suitable for a practical session e.g. it should be free from drawstrings. Jeans/trousers should be worn.

Long hair should be tied up and no jewellery or nail varnish should be worn on the day.

What can I do after this course?

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.

 

* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Annie Dowell

Annie Dowell

Kennel owner Annie loved every minute of Animal Care course

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."

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