This course provides a foundation of knowledge, skills and experience of working with a range of small animals - from handling, feeding and housing to animal health and wellbeing.
You should have a strong interest in caring for animals and a desire to work within the animal care industry. You need a good level of literacy and numeracy and the capability to organise the written information for your portfolio. An interview will also be necessary.
You will study the following units:
The course is continuously assessed using a range of methods including written tests, projects, a paper-based exam and practical assessments. All coursework will be compiled to build a portfolio.
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."