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Animal Experience

This experience provides you with an opportunity to meet and greet your chosen animals.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Animal Care
Adult and Community
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 1
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 1
Hours: 1.50
Start: Flexible
Tuition: £30
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This experience aims to provide you with an opportunity to meet and greet your chosen animals. You will get to feed your chosen animals, learn about their health and husbandry care, provide enrichment for them and handle them (where applicable). 

The choices are: 

  • Zoo animals – wallabies, meerkats and porcupines
  • Reptiles – lizards, snakes, tortoises and tarantulas
  • Small mammals – rabbits, guinea-pigs, chinchillas and rodents
  • Farm animals – goats, pigs, alpacas and donkeys

Please ignore the date shown on the booking page as the experience is run at different times throughout the year.  If you would like to put a note on your booking form with a desired date and then contact, we will do our best to accommodate you. 

You need basic literacy and numeracy skills plus some basic knowledge of animal care. You should be aged eight years or over.

The course will cover:

  • Meet and greet
  • Feeding the animals
  • Handling (where applicable)
  • An informative talk
  • Enrichment building

The course involves a practical experience on the Animal Unit at Broomfield Hall. 

You will be required to supply your own boots or wellingtons – preferably steel toe-capped. Alternatively you can borrow some from the Animal Unit. 

There is no assessment.

Derby College Group 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 Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details. 

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

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Course Information Last Updated On: November 1, 2023 1:34 pm