About the course
If you are looking for a career within the animal care industry, then this qualification is aimed at you. Working with animals is extremely rewarding, but it can require long hours, with dedication and enthusiasm for the role. This qualification is suitable if you are 16 years old or over.
You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working with animals. There are many opportunities, such as working in a kennel or cattery, for an animal welfare charity or shelter, in a retail environment - such as a pet store, or an animal training establishment. You could also progress to further learning and training in this area.
What are the entry requirements?
A keen interest in small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents) and their needs
How long is the course?
What will the course involve?
This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to working in the animal care industry. Mandatory content covers:
· animal housing and social groupings
· feeding animals
· animal husbandry tasks and ethics
· handling and basic health checks.
These will all be specifically aimed at small animal species.
How long will I be learning?
What equipment will I need?
Notebook and pen, sensible clothing that you don’t mind getting wet/dirty.
How will I know if I am making progress?
Through feedback and assessment.
What course work will I be expected to complete?
· One to one practical assessment with oral questioning. The qualification certificate is endorsed in the animal species that you are working with
What can I expect to learn from this course?
The basic husbandry requirements to successfully meet the needs of small animal species.
What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?
Different routes for this qualification and other part time courses are available.
Full time study programmes are also available.