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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 3.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

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Tuition (£): 40.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course is suitable for anyone aged 8 years+.

It is aimed at giving you a basic understanding relating to porcupine and exotic rodent husbandry care and welfare.  You will gain theoretical knowledge on porcupine health, nutrition, behaviour and enrichment, while applying this practically with our own African Crested Porcupine here at Derby College.

Entry requirements

You need an interest in exotic rodent care and welfare as well as a keen willingness to participate in both the practical and theory elements of the course.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • Porcupine health, welfare and care
  • Porcupine behaviour
  • Porcupine nutrition
  • Porcupine enrichment

How will I be assessed?

There will be a practical assessment on enrichment provision for an African Crested Porcupine.


You will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Lunch
  • Notebook and paper
  • Hair tie for completing practical work

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.







* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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Annie Dowell

Annie Dowell

Kennel owner Annie loved every minute of Animal Care course

For former Derby College student Annie Dowell getting a job working with animals was inevitable.And, thanks in part to the practical work experience and the qualifications she gained on her Animal Care level 3 course; she now runs a boarding kennels.Annie first got to know Coppice Kennels and Cattery in Melbourne while at Derby College and later took a Saturday job there as a dog walker.After leaving College with a triple distinction she went on to take a dog grooming course at Broomfield and then worked at dog re-homing centres in Wales and Spain.In 2012 she took over the running of Coppice Kennels and is now responsible, with fiancé Matt for looking after 40 dogs, 15 cats as well as up to five foster dogs.Annie loved her time at College – especially the caring for wildlife part and gaining work experience at Twycross Zoo.

She said: "I loved absolutely every minute of my course and wish I could do it all again. I'm always recommending Broomfield to our dog walkers, who are young and keen to get into animal care."

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