ABC Level One Practical Small Animal Care Skills 14-16

About the course

This course provides a basic introduction to the care of a variety of domestic animals. Areas of study will include feeding, cleaning and handling animals as well as additional modules covering work safety and skills development in the land-based industries. Time will be spent in the classroom and in the College’s Animal Studies Centre. Students must have an interest in the subject and have some prior experience of working with animals. A portfolio of written work must be completed as well as a short on-line assessment.

Students will infill with the full time post 16 group. Units achieved will depend on days attended.

Please note we are unable to confirm appropriate delivery days until the post 16 timetable is set over the summer period.

Course modules

Year 1

Assist with the preparation and maintenance of animal accommodation

You will learn about different types of animal housing and bedding and then practically prepare and clean out Animal Academy animals.

Animals in the wild and in society

This unit looks at animals such as wildlife and exotic zoo species. It identifies the different terminology associated with classifying animals and adaptations animals have developed over time to become better species.

Assist with the care of animals

In this unit students learn how to keep different species of animals healthy and happy.

Assist with the handling and restraint of animals

You will assist others in handling a variety of animals. You will also learn about moving them around and retraining them e.g. for the vet.

Principles of the Care of Animals

In this unit the student will learn about the principles of animal care

Year 2

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

This course gives a practical introduction to the equine industry. Students need to be over 14, demonstrating confidence and competence in basic horse care skills. Academic qualifications are not essential, just a willingness to learn.

Your school or Home Educating Parent or Guardian must complete Application Form Part B before your application will be processed.

Learning and assessment

Time will be spent in the classroom and in the College’s Animal Academy developing practical skills. Students must have an interest in the subject and have some prior experience of working with animals.

A portfolio of written work must be completed as well as a short online assessment.

Progression

Year 10 students may wish to continue into year 11 to complete additional units. Year 11 students may progress onto a full time Further Education or Apprenticeship Programme.

Careers

Employment in kennels, catteries, pet shop, grooming parlour, welfare societies e.g. RSPCA.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Course fees apply for school-educated students (see 14-16 prospectus).

Equipment and/or Clothing:

  • College warehouse jacket (purchased via animal studies centre approx. £30), Wellington boots or other sturdy work boots.
  • Tetanus vaccination up to date.
  • 2 x lever arch files
  • 2 x dividers
  • Pens/Pencils (coloured) (approx. £10)

Animal Studies

Britain is well regarded as a nation of animal lovers, from companion pets to large animal collections. This has resulted in a multi-million pound industry, ranging from well known national pet feed companies to pet stores, catteries and kennels and numerous other businesses providing for the needs of animals.

If you care about animals and have a deep interest in their health and wellbeing, Myerscough provides an excellent opportunity for you to further your studies. You'll develop a range of skills and have the opportunity to care for a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, farm animals, reptiles and amphibians and a range of invertebrates.