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:
A mature student has praised a part-time Derby College course which allowed her to change career direction and launch the thriving business of her dreams.
Former dog warden Zoe Longdon, 43, said she gained essential support, skills and confidence at Broomfield Hall, while working for her City and Guilds Level 2 certificate in Dog Grooming.
Now Zoe is putting her knowledge into practice by running her own mobile dog grooming service called “Rovers Return”, from Newthorpe, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.
She said level of training provided by lecturer Sue Oliver was above that which can be expected at Level 2 – and the course offered good value for money in comparison to the privately run equivalents she researched.
“I started in business last summer. Now I’ve got 85 clients and I’m going from strength-to-strength. I’ve achieved my dream and I’m loving every day.”