Animal Management (Animal Nursing Care Assistant) City & Guilds Level 3 90 Credit Diploma / Extended Diploma

About the course

The College offers the opportunity to study at level 3 (A level equivalent) for students who wish to develop a comprehensive understanding of animal nursing skills - encompassing practical techniques, academic knowledge and technical skills. The course incorporates a mix of practical sessions, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises. Students enjoy the wide variety of theory and practical subjects combined with a range of projects and assessments.

Course modules

90 Credit Diploma

Understand and promote animal health

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal health and how these can be put into practice.

Understand animal welfare and breed development

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal welfare and breed development.

Understand and interpret animal behaviour and communication

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal behaviour and communication.

Manage animal accomodation

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal accommodation and how these can be applied in practice.

Plan and monitor animal feeding

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal feeding and how these can be applied in practice.

Undertake animal handling and safe working

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal handling and safe working and how these can be applied in practice.

Understand the principles of aquatic management

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of aquatic husbandry and management.

Understand animal anatomy and physiology

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal anatomy and physiology.

Understand the principles of animal nutrition

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal nutrition.

Understand the principles of animal nursing

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of animal nursing and how these can be put into practice.

Extended Diploma

Undertake and review work related experience in the land-based industries

The aim of this unit is to give learners the skills needed to identify, participate in and review work experience in the environmental and land-based sector.

Undertake an investigative project in the land-based sector

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of undertaking an investigative project and how this can be put into practice.

Understand and undertake wildlife management and rehabilitation

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of wildlife management and rehabilitation and how these can be put into practice.

Understand the principles of animal biology

This unit provides learners with an understanding of the principles of animal biology.

Understand and carry out farm livestock husbandry

This unit aims to provide learners with an understanding of the principles of farm livestock husbandry and how these can be put into practice.

Undertake estate skills

This unit aims to introduce learners to the estate skills and knowledge and how this can be applied in practice.

Undertake animal training

Provides you with the understanding of the principles of animal training and how these can be put into practice.

Understand the principles of zoological animal health and husbandry

Provides an understanding of the principles of zoo animal health and husbandry and how these can be put into practice.

Understand the principles of exotic animal health and husbandry

Provides an understanding of the principles of exotic animal health and husbandry and how to put these into practice.

Fundamentals of science

Enables learners to develop the practical techniques necessary to pursue a career as a laboratory technician.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for the 90 Credit Diploma are an English GCSE at C (4) or higher plus a minimum of four others at C (4) or higher, including Maths and Science. Upon successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma, students may progress onto the Extended Diploma.

Relevant work experience in the Animal industry (a minimum of two weeks in duration) will have been completed with a satisfactory reference in support of that work.

Applicants for these courses are expected to show a strong interest in progressing into the Veterinary Nursing profession.

Learning and assessment

The course incorporates a mix of practical sessions, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises. Students enjoy the wide variety of theory and practical subjects combined with a range of projects and assessments.

Assessments will include assignments, presentations, reports, practical observations and short answer tests.

Progression

As a course equivalent to A Level the Level 3 Extended Diploma is an ideal spring board for progression depending on UCAS points gained. Students may wish to continue their studies in Higher Education, eg:

  • FdSc Veterinary Nursing leading to a BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing top-up if desired
  • BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare
  • FdSc Welfare of Animals

Careers

The 90 Credit Diploma Animal Management (Animal Nursing Care Assistant) provides the qualification and experience for entry into the animal care industry. It is expected that students who complete the Extended Diploma in Animal Management (Animal Nursing Care Assistant) will progress onto Veterinary Nurse training.

Learning support

Prospective students who have a disability that may affect their studies should inform the College as soon as possible. Reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate student needs and to provide appropriate support to enable successful completion of the course of study. Where necessary students will be asked for evidence to help identify appropriate adjustments.

Special requirements

Specialist Clothing and Equipment:

  • Protective clothing for animal practical work must be purchased from the School of Veterinary Nursing at the start of the Academic Year. Laboratory coats / wellingtons / waterproof jacket are also required
  • Protective clothing must be worn for all practical work
  • All body piercing, jewellery and nail extensions must be removed prior to working on the Veterinary Nursing unit and long hair must be tied back.

Work experience

Students on the Extended Diploma course must attend a relevant placement in the animal industry

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.