Correct feeding and nutrition is paramount to animal health and husbandry.
This qualification provides you with the opportunity to learn about current and modern techniques in the practical feeding and nutritional requirements of animals. It allows you to specialise in a particular animal group in line with your area of work or interest – in this case, it is small exotics.
You will gain the skills and knowledge that are important for working with animals, with particular emphasis on feeding and nutrition.
There are lots of career opportunities in animal care environments such as a kennel or cattery or in a retail environment such as a pet shop or store. You could also progress to further learning and training in this field.
You will need to be 16 years or older and have a keen interest in small exotics and animal nutrition.
Mandatory content covers:
There is one-to-one practical assessment with oral questioning.
You will need to supply your own steel toe-cap boots.
You may go on to become an Animal Care Assistant or Pet Retail Assistant.
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."