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.
A mature student is planning to combine animal management training with holistic skills to launch her own equine therapy business.
Kim Leder, 44, believes her qualifications gained at Derby College courses combined with a previous qualification can help her career dreams come to life.
Long Eaton mum of three Kim is trained to level 3 in holistic therapy and has just completed her HND in animal management at Broomfield.
She is going on to the one year top-up to achieve the full degree at Derby College and plans to go on to launch her own equine holistic therapy business after that.
Kim has combined the course with bringing up three girls nine-year-old twins Sophie and Jorja (corrct) and 11 year old Millie.
Kim said gained a distinction for a module on behaviour which demonstrated how horses responded well to reiki therapy when they were nervous about being saddled.
She said: "The horses responded really well and the difference was quite noticeable. When I got the grades back, I'd got a distinction which was great.
"Hopefully after my degree I'll be able to start my own business."