Come and experience the life of a zoo keeper. Our holiday club is designed for young aspiring animal keepers who would like to help care for our animals. The holiday club will run at certain dates in April, May and July. This is a one-day experience where you can choose which day you would like to attend out of a choice of four.
You will need basic literacy and numeracy skills and some basic knowledge of animal care. You should be aged 8 - 12 years.
The course will cover:
There is no assessment.
You will be required to supply your own boots or wellingtons, which should preferably be 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 range of other land-based topics. Please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus or the Derby College website 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."