This course is for individuals who would like to gain experience of caring for and handling a meerkat. It is run on a one-to-one basis with a member of our staff. You will be shown around the animal unit and given the opportunity to understand and care for the meerkats that live at Derby College.
This is a great experience that you could buy as a gift for someone.
You should have a keen interest in small animals.
The course will cover the care of meerkats including handling, health checking, cleaning out and feeding.
Assessment is by observation of your practical performance. A College Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the course.
Steel toe-cap boots should be worn and these can be borrowed from the unit if you do not have your own. (Please check we have your size when booking on the course.)
You should wear trousers/jeans. Protective lab coats are also worn when in the animal unit and these will be provided for you on the day.
You may wish to participate in further Animal Care courses that the College offers to enhance your skills. We run a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to animals and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
You may also be interested in the following experience courses we run:
Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.
She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."