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Wellbeing Experience - ‘time spent with animals is never wasted’

About the course


This course is aimed at adults who may be considering a career change into the animal industry or are considering applying for a higher education animal care programme of study. It is also relevant to people interested in increasing their knowledge of the care of a wide range of animals.

Our animal wellbeing experience gives you the chance to get stuck in and find out what it is like to complete many practical tasks associated with the care of animals across a wide range of species.. You will be working alongside dedicated technicians across all of our animal sections and get to see first-hand what it is like to work with animals. You will also touch on subjects such as animal welfare, animals as therapy and the impact of animal encounters on positive mental health.

This is only available on certain dates throughout the year and places are subject to availability.

What are the entry requirements?

Interest in working in the animal care industry or general interest in animal care.

How long is the course?

1 Day

What will the course involve?

  • Prepare and then serve food to different animal species
  • Help clean out enclosures of different animal species
  • Health and welfare checks and handling of appropriate animal species
  • The role of animals in positive mental health and therapy

What equipment will I need?

Candidates should wear closed-toe, rubber soled, non-slip footwear e.g. wellingtons.

How will I know if I am making progress?

Feedback throughout the day

What course work will I be expected to complete?


What can I expect to learn from this course?

This day will give you a good insight into working within the industry and if it is an option you would like to pursue

What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?

Other part time courses are available in related subjects including animal husbandry, dog grooming, canine behaviour and animal first aid.

Full time study programmes in small and large animal care and equine studies are also available. An Access to Higher Education course can provide the ideal route for older learners aiming to get back into education and gain higher level qualifications.

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